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Goodbye, for a while, to the Large Hadron Collider

By Nitesh Soni

The Large Hadron Collider has temporarily shut down, but will return stronger than ever.

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The lord of the particle accelerator, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC), went out of particle collision business for almost two years as of late last week. For particle physicists, Valentine’s Day 2013 will be remembered for the successful completion of phase 1 of the LHC’s operations.

But the two-year shutdown won’t involve much relaxing for the tens of thousands of scientists, engineers and technicians involved in one of world’s largest scientific projects. During this period – known as the Long Shutdown 1 (LS1) – the LHC will undergo a significant upgrade and consolidation.

CERN’s LHC live update page shows the end of the physics run as of February 14. CERN

It will be an exciting and intense period. One part of the CERN team will be preparing the LHC to be operational again after its planned upgrade by 2015, while others will be finalising their results on the vast amount of data...

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Nitesh Soni is ARC Research Associate (Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at Tera Scale) at the University of Adelaide. This article was originally published at The Conversation.