Large Hadron Collider to increase beam energy: Higgs boson can run, not hide
By James Trew posted Feb 14th 2012 8:18PM
We’ve seen the Large Hadron Collider running at a record-breaking 7 TeV for short periods, but now CERN is turning it up a notch (to 4 TeV from 3.5) for the rest of the year. The decision comes after an annual performance workshop last week in Chamonix and a report from the CERN Machine Advisory Committee (CMAC). The increase may seem modest compared to the knee-trembling levels of 7 TeV, but it’s all part of a broader optimization strategy. Scientists state the new approach should increase the data collected in 2012 to 15 inverse femtobarns — a three-fold jump from 2011. Even more encouraging is a statement from CERN’s Research Director, Sergio Bertolucci, who claims that we should finally know for sure about the existence of the Higgs boson — either way — before the LHC enters a temporary shut-down period at the end of the year. Beam yourself over the break for the full press release.