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First images of collisions at 13 TeV

21 May 2015, 11.09

Geneva, 21 May 2015. Last night, protons collided in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the record-breaking energy of 13 TeV for the first time. These test collisions were to set up systems that protect the machine and detectors from particles that stray from the edges of the beam.

A key part of the process was the set-up of the collimators. These devices which absorb stray particles were adjusted in colliding-beam conditions. This set-up will give the accelerator team the data they need to ensure that the LHC magnets and detectors are fully protected.

Today the tests continue. Colliding beams will stay in the LHC for several hours. The LHC Operations team will continue to monitor beam quality and optimisation of the set-up.

This is an important part of the process that will allow the experimental teams running the detectors ALICE, ATLAS, CMS and LHCb to switch on their experiments fully. Data taking and the start the LHC's second run is planned for early June.

Protons collide at 13 TeV sending showers of particles through the ALICE detector (Image: ALICE)

Protons collide at 13 TeV sending showers of particles through the ATLAS detector (Image: ATLAS)

Protons collide at 13 TeV sending showers of particles through the CMS detector (Image: CMS)

Protons collide at 13 TeV sending showers of particles through the LHCb detector (Image: LHCb)

 

For more information:
Update: First images of collisions at 13 TeV (with the image of the LHC status)
Update: Protons set to collide at 13 TeV to prepare for physics

 

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@ATLAS Experiment,
@ CMS Experiment,
@ LHCb Experiment

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