Word to the machine team! In the wee hours of this morning (Monday 30 November) the LHC broke all records (can you say bye-bye Tevatron?) and accelerated protons all the way to 1.18 TeV!
As always, Facebook and Twitter had the news first, but CERN managed to get a press release off today too.
The LHC is now not only a collider, it’s the world’s highest-energy particle accelerator.
And again as always, there’s always a next step… This time’s next step is to put it all together and become the world’s highest-energy collider, smashing those happy 1.18 TeV beams together at the collision points in the detectors. That’s when the party will really start.