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1st Apr 2010

12:36 pm - LHC II

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We only got our first physics data from the LHC on Tuesday, and they are already planning its successor!

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From:purplecthulhu
Date:1st April 2010 01:09 pm (UTC)
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Heh - we were planning Herschel's successor well before it launched!
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From:e_pepys
Date:1st April 2010 01:41 pm (UTC)
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Oh yes, there is a real LHC upgrade programme. And the International Linear Collider as the next generation machine, but that would need a straight bit of track.
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From:emily_shore
Date:1st April 2010 01:31 pm (UTC)
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It's all very exciting. And you haven't managed to destroy the world yet!
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From:emily_shore
Date:1st April 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
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(And I just read the article. Yeah. But the physics data is (are?) still exciting.)
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From:e_pepys
Date:1st April 2010 01:46 pm (UTC)
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Yes. On the first day we got twice as much data as all our December test run. We are furiously analysing...
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From:brewsternorth
Date:1st April 2010 02:31 pm (UTC)
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Brilliant!
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From:emily_shore
Date:1st April 2010 03:54 pm (UTC)
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I can just imagine Kzin pining away at home while you work long hours in the lab.

"Myeh?"
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From:e_pepys
Date:2nd April 2010 02:26 pm (UTC)
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But you forget that he is the cleverest cat in the whole wide world. When I get home he is intent on discussing the finer points of the phenomenology of minimum bias events, while all I want to do is slump down in front of an episode of True Blood.
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From:emily_shore
Date:2nd April 2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
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Well, that's what "myeh?" means, obviously! :)
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From:colinbj
Date:1st April 2010 03:23 pm (UTC)
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emily_shore wrote: "And you haven't managed to destroy the world yet!"

That's just an observer effect. We're in one of those 1-in-10^100 (and becoming steadily sparser) probability worlds where, by incredible coincidence, not one collision has produced a black hole yet.

They should build the LHC successor on the M25. If that one does produce a world-destroyer, at least we'll have the long awaited fitting conclusion to Good Omens.
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From:e_pepys
Date:1st April 2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
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That's just an observer effect. We're in one of those 1-in-10^100 (and becoming steadily sparser) probability worlds

If those were the probabilities, then we'd almost certainly be alive in a world where the black hole was crunching its way though continental Europe right now. I think we'd have noticed: www.cern.ch (and my computer jobs at CERN) are still there.
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From:zengineer
Date:1st April 2010 02:19 pm (UTC)
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To manage a 7TEv collision a 100 tonne tube train only needs to be going 5x10^-6 m/s so it should also be easy to get your collision energy up.
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From:e_pepys
Date:1st April 2010 03:37 pm (UTC)
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We need to arrange for the train to push a bunch of protons. Oh but...
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From:manylelephants
Date:2nd April 2010 12:21 pm (UTC)
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Do you really want CERN shut down for another 18 months due to tube workers' strikes?
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