Scientists Send First Beam Around Large Hadron Collider


Scientists today sent the first beam of protons zooming at nearly the speed of light around the 17-mile Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The LHC, located at the CERN laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland, is the world s most powerful particle accelerator.

ABOVE: The Atlas Detector  BELOW:  CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which will be operational in the latter half of 2007.
ABOVE: The Atlas Detector BELOW: CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which will be operational in the latter half of 2007.

NYU Physicists Part of Geneva-Based Project to Investigate Forces that Shape Universe

Scientists today sent the first beam of protons zooming at nearly the speed of light around the 17-mile Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The LHC, located at the CERN laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland, is the world’s most powerful particle accelerator.

An estimated 10,000 people from 60 countries have helped design and build the accelerator and its massive particle detectors, including more than 1,700 scientists, engineers, students and technicians from 94 U.S. universities and laboratories supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science and the National Science Foundation.

A team of physicists from NYU’s Experimental High Energy Physics group is part of this world-wide collaboration, which will investigate the fundamental nature of matter and the basic forces that shape the universe. The collaboration, ATLAS, is based at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, that employs LHC. Members of the NYU team working on this project include Professors Peter Nemethy, Allen Mincer, and Kyle Cranmer and researchers Diego Casadei, Rashid Djilkibaev, Rostislav Konoplich, George Lewis, Christopher Musso, Akira Shibata, and Long Zhao.

For more on NYU’s involvement, go to http://physics.nyu.edu/experimentalparticle/ and click on the “Atlas” tab.

The first circulating beam is a major accomplishment on the way to the project’s ultimate goal: high-energy beams colliding in the centers of the LHC’s particle detectors. The scientists participating in these experiments will analyze these collisio 500

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