Fine Structure

7 TeV Collisions for the LHC

As the Large Hadron Collider ramps up for the first 7 TeV collisions today, quite a number of articles are floating around and taking advantage of the increased attention.

First, Wired is keeping a close eye on the LHC with an interview and excerpt from Paul Halpern and his book Collider which came out last August. The excerpt is a little dated but the interview has some good insights into the Texas-located almost-predecessor of the LHC, the Superconducting SuperCollider.

If you're looking for news from the beast itself you can check out CERNs press release for the newly minted energy level. In total, the LHC spent more than three hours colliding beams today and gathering data. All those collisions produced about half a million events that will be sifted for interesting data in the near future.

And, in a more local vein, Lawrence Berkeley Lab has their own article about LBL physicists doing work at the LHC.

As for the collisions themselves, journalists seem to prefer the data-getting rather than the conclusion-finding, perhaps because it's easier to understand "turning on" or "higher energies" than "subtle suggestions of W-decay top production."