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Q & A: Large Hadron Collider schedule

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Most recent answer: 04/11/2008
Q:
I have yet to hear the results of the Large Hadron Collider. Black holes are fun and all, but have they found a higgs particle like promised?
- Jon (age 22)
Lynchburg
A:
Although it was to have been completed last year, the latest guess is now "within a few months".  The magnet ring is finished, all of the large experimental areas have been occupied and most of the data acquisition computers are working.    Once the machine is up and running it will take a lot of time before physics results will be announced.  Don't expect any quick announcement about discovery of the Higgs boson; my guess is will take at least a year of debugging and data analysis.   You can get a lot of information about the LHC timeline by connecting  to  and clicking on
'LHC Milestones'. 

LeeH

(published on 04/11/2008)

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