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Boom! March 30, 2010

Posted by gordonwatts in CERN, LHC.

Do not start with a whimper… Start with a…


or perhaps you’d prefer a…


That first event – the small red track (click to enlarge) is actually a muon candidate. Something we almost could never see with 900 GeV collisions from last December – very little was powerful enough to make it out that far.

So, now the real work begins. Soon the press will pack up and we can get down to actually making sense of this fantastic new microscope we’ve been given! It is going to be a fun 18 months of first data!

For more event pictures, from all the experiments, not just ATLAS, see the main CERN web page.



1. Michael Schmitt - March 30, 2010

Nice events! We also had an early muon candidate, see my posting at http://muon.wordpress.com/2010/03/30/cms-muons-in-7-tev-collisions/ and of course there are thousands by now. Fun!

2. Gordon Watts - March 31, 2010

Right – ours have started to roll in too – fun watching the LHC status update page.

3. Michael Roberts - August 5, 2011

I recently watched a documentary on how they built this monster! Almost as difficult as the physics itself! 😀

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