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It’s been just over two months since the first high-energy proton collisions took place in the Large Hadron Collider, and scientists from the LHC experiments have been working feverishly to analyze the data now pouring from their detectors. The results of these first analyses using real LHC data are being presented this week at the “Physics at LHC” conference. The conference, taking place at the DESY laboratory in Hamburg, Germany, is the first in this summer’s series of international particle physics conferences.
LHC scientists have not yet found the Higgs boson, nor any hints of supersymmetric particles; these discoveries require much more collision data than has yet been collected. But nevertheless there is excitement among the 270 conference participants, who have been waiting years–in some cases decades–for the first proton-proton collisions at the LHC. With these data, particle physicists are doing what they call “bread-and-butter” physics: rediscovering the Standard Model.
The Standard Model of particle physics is the best theory that physicists currently have to describe the building blocks of the universe. With the exception of the discovery of the Higgs boson, the model has been very precisely measured at other particle accelerators and can thus be used as a touchstone to see if the LHC detectors work properly. Physicists also repeat Standard Model measurements to verify that their simulated data correspond to real data. The simulated data, also known as Monte Carlo data, will play a critical role in future discoveries.
Originally posted by Violater1
The article states that they turned on the LHC 2 months ago. Was this sometime around the Gulf BP oil rig fire?