For the past six weeks, the ATLAS experiment has been recording physics data from 13 TeV proton collisions. In this short time, they have recorded over 7,280 billion collisions – twice the amount recorded in 2010. Detector teams have been calibrating and aligning ATLAS' various detectors at a remarkable speed. This effort allows ATLAS physicists to exploit the many upgrades made to the detector during Long Shutdown 1.
ATLAS physicists are combing through this new wealth of data, performing detailed studies of Standard Model processes at unprecedented energies, the Higgs boson and the first searches for as-yet unobserved phenomena.
The first results using the record-breaking Run 2 data will be presented at the European Physical Society conference on High Energy Physics (EPS-HEP) in Vienna, 22-29 July. It will be an exciting opportunity to see how these first few weeks of data-taking have progressed. Physics briefings will be released throughout the event, highlighting ATLAS' results from the conference.
EPS-HEP is the first of the major summer conferences for particle physics, where all of the LHC experiments will be presenting results. About seven hundred researchers from all over the world are expected to attend.