If particle physics were a baseball game, then researchers here at the European particle physics laboratory, CERN, would have just hit a first-swing, out-of-the-park home run. On September 10, they tried for the first time to pass a beam of particles all the way around the world's new most-energetic atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). They succeeded on the first attempt.
A process that could have taken days had things gone badly was over in just 58 minutes. "It's fantastic," says Jonathan Ellis, a theoretical physicist at CERN. "It's amazing that this device, which is so complicated, basically worked on the first try."
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Large Hadron Collider to Have "Practical" Spin-Offs? (National Geographic).
Earlier story: Protons make milestone trip through giant collider (New Scientist).