Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Big Bang: Following success of beam, scientists describe the event as historic

GENEVA, Sept 10 (KUNA) -- Following the success of the first beam in the Large Hadron Collider successfully steered around the full 27 kilometres of the world's most powerful particle accelerator at 10:28 this morning reactions poured from scientists in CERN the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is the world's leading laboratory for particle physics.

The event was described as a historic key moment in the transition from over two decades of preparation to a new era of scientific discovery.

LHC project leader Lyn Evans said that this is a fantastic moment.

"We can now look forward to a new era of understanding about the origins and evolution of the universe," he noted.

Starting up a major new particle accelerator takes much more than flipping a switch. Thousands of individual elements have to work in harmony, timings have to be synchronized to under a billionth of a second, and beams finer than a human hair have to be brought into head-on collision. Today's success puts a tick next to the first of those steps, and over the next few weeks, as the LHC's operators gain experience and confidence with the new machine, the machine's acceleration systems will be brought into play, and the beams will be brought into collision to allow the research program to begin.

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