The Cavendish HEP group are today starting to look at the new data arriving from the Large Hadron Collider. The declaration of “stable beams” by CERN this morning allows physicists to study collisions at 13 TeV of energy for the first time. This energy range may reveal new particles, perhaps those which make up dark matter, or perhaps something completely unexpected. Cambridge physicists have been preparing for this moment and are working on high priority analyses aiming to deliver some of the very first results at conferences this summer.
CERN Director General, Prof Rolf Heuer announced: "The LHC operators in the CERN Control Centre (CCC) have just declared “Stable Beams”. This marks the start of Run 2 of the LHC as the experiments begin to record their first physics data after the long shut down. This important achievement is the result of many months of hard work by all the teams involved, from CERN and the wider community. It is an achievement in which we can all take pride, since it brings the Laboratory into the post-Higgs era, opening up the way, we hope, to new discoveries. Exploring the physics at 13 TeV is a mouth watering prospect for the whole CERN community. A big thank you to all of you, and keep following cern.ch for live updates from the CCC as the day goes on."