How will it happen?

28th March 2010 – So how will this whole "First 7 TeV Collisions" event happen? Well, here is my (somewhat naive) understanding of what will happen.

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Approaching the End...and a New Beginning

28th March 2010 – This Tuesday, if all goes according to plan, will mark the end of a very long journey for many High Energy Physicists. The first 7 TeV Collisions will signal the end of the the commissioning period of the LHC and its experiments.

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Big step forward in LHC operation last night

19th March 2010 – Last night a new very important milestone has been reached by the LHC: two counter-circulating proton beams have been accelerated for the first time to 3.5 TeV, the energy that they should routinely reach in the 2010-2011 running period.

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ATLAS Experiment Reports Its First Physics Results from the LHC

17th March 2010 – The first physics results from the ATLAS Experiment with proton-proton collisions at an energy of 0.9 TeV in late 2009 have now been accepted for publication in the journal Physics Letters B.

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3 Firsts for ATLAS in 2010

15th March 2010 – It has been a BUSY weekend!  The LHC has been working around the clock get the machine commissioned, and ATLAS has been enjoying the many Firsts that have resulted.

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ATLAS celebrating the International Women's day!

8th March 2010 – Today ATLAS celebrates the role of women in physics its own way. ATLAS has encouraged its staff and users to place as many women as possible on shift in the control room and to serve as guides for official visits.

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A titan awakes

1st March 2010 – At approximately 2:40 am Central European Time, ATLAS saw particles from the LHC for the first time in 2010.  As in previous LHC turn-on periods the first thing we see are beam splashes from the LHC beams as they slowly thread the beam through the LHC ring for the first time.

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The calm before the storm

27th February 2010 – The Control Room is quiet. The configurations are set. The trigger menu is uploaded. The shifters are ready. All that is left is for the LHC to deliver beam.

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Gearing-up for the 2010 run!

25th February 2010 – ATLAS has been taking cosmic rays data this month exercising new features of the data acquisition, including protocols to start and control the run.

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Rolf Seuster

Rolf Seuster

22nd February 2010 – For Rolf Seuster, there’s no place like Victoria, Canada. Located on Vancouver Island, about 90 km south of this year’s Winter Olympics, Rolf believes it’s one of the nicest places in the country. “It’s the size of Switzerland, and there’s maybe half a million people on the whole island,” he says.

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