LHC sets new world record as progress continues


CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has now become the world’s highest energy particle accelerator, having successfully accelerated its twin beams of protons to an energy of 1.18 TeV in the early hours of Monday morning.

The energy level exceeds the previous world record of 0.98 TeV, which had been held by the US Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory’s Tevatron collider since 2001.

It also represents a key step forward for the LHC and shows that progress has been swift since the project re-started earlier this month, after previously being halted due to electrical problems and a major helium leak last year.

In addition, it marks another important milestone on the road to first physics at the LHC in 2010.

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