14 February 2013

LHC Run I over - now awaits Run II at full energy in 2015

This morning, the 14th of February 2013, CERNs Large Hadron Collider (LHC) ended its first running period, which started on the 30th of March 2010 with the first collisions at 7 TeV. The LHC and the experiments around it will now undergo forseen upgrades for two years.

Dubbed "LHC Run I", the data taking was beyond expectations, and delivered more than enough to discovery the Higgs-like particle announced in July. The vast amounts of data recorded - around 35000 TeraBytes - will keep physicists busy for years to come.

However, they will not have that long. In the beginning of 2015, LHC is foreseen to run at twice the energy and with even more intensive beams, continuing the search for new particles and phenomena, which can explain the basic laws of nature and how the Universe came to be the way it is today.