Hard Work in 2014 for LHC to Be Ready in 2015
I enjoy looking at the top ten science or physics stories at the end of every year. This last year, the Rosetta mission landing on a comet made the top of most lists. This was obviously really impressive. There was also the potential discovery of gravitational waves that needs more study, and the Borexino experiment detected neutrinos from the sun.
For our research at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) with the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment, 2014 was a year of hard work. The LHC has been in a planned shutdown since 2013 and the plan is to start giving proton-proton collisions again in mid-2015. Before, with the discovery of the Higgs boson, the energy of the LHC was set to 8 TeV. Now, the magnets for the collider have been improved so that the LHC can give collisions at energies above 13 TeV. Remember, that with more energy, one can create more massive things. So everyone is looking forward to seeing what there is new to see. Theorists have been busy trying to figure out ideas for new things that are consistent with the —> Read More Here