NEWS: Hints of New Physics Detected in the LHC?
On Friday, LHC engineers switched on the first component of the daisy chain: the source. The source is responsible for generating a reservoir of protons - by stripping electrons from hydrogen atoms, leaving protons behind - that can then be injected into the successive particle accelerators.
This week, engineers will start to recommission the Linac2, the first particle accelerator that gives the "beam" of protons their first boost.
Next up will be the chain's Proton Synchrotron Booster, an accelerator that has seen the most significant upgrades since shutdown and is instrumental in pushing LHC science to the next level.
"When we get the beam going around the booster, it will be a very important moment," said Paul Collier, the head of the beams department. "Among other things, we are making a complete upgrade of its control system, which is the nervous system of the machine."
NEWS: LHC Discovery Maims Supersymmetry, Again
An interesting thing about all these successive rings of accelerators is that it's not just the LHC that depends on the proton source, many other physics experiments at CERN are eagerly awaiting the upgraded equipment to come online.