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LHC will start operations in 2008… June 22, 2007

Posted by apetrov in Particle Physics, Physics, Science.

It was long rumored that CERN will cancel its engineering run in 2007 in favor of the full-blown high energy run in 2008 (one of the reasons was believed to be that little mishap with magnets). So it was just announced that it is indeed true, the accelerator will turn on in May 2008 — here is CERN press-release. To quote them:

A low-energy run originally scheduled for this year has been dropped as the result of a number of minor delays accumulated over the final months of LHC installation and commissioning, coupled with the failure in March of a pressure test in one of the machine’s components.”

So technically they are still on-schedule for the high-energy run… I guess, it will just add to frustration of some of the fellow bloggers from Condensed Matter physics. 🙂



1. Peter Curran - June 22, 2007

I had high hopes that when CERN switched on the LHC in November of this year, they would inadvertently create a black hole, […promotional material deleted…].

But then I realised that the extinction of the planet – and probably the solar system – would prevent me from collecting my royalties. Life can be unfair sometimes!

However, doomsday has been postponed until April/May of 2008 because of problems with magnets.

The Higgs boson must be chuckling quietly in interstellar space, its anonymity preserved for a little longer.

[…promotional material deleted…]


Peter Curran
Edinburgh, Scotland

2. m1cr0 - June 1, 2008

or ur just dumb. lol. these are the greatest minds on the planet working on this thing. they know there will be black holes, and they know how to control them. If a black hole was created then it would burn out within milliseconds. Thanks for trying to scare everyone with you DOOMSDAY plan. LOL. Im sure with all the rumors though you are selling your book. Cheers.

3. apetrov - June 1, 2008

Please no calling names in my blog (even if, in someone’s opinion, the person deserves it). Also, I will remove all information that can be constituted as advertisement in the post #1 (should have done it earlier).

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