Record collision energy of 8TeV

5 April 2012

(image: event recorded with the CMS detector in 2012 at a proton-proton centre of mass energy of 8TeV)

LHC physics data-taking gets underway at a new record collision energy of 8TeV. The LHC declares "stable beams" as two 4 TeV proton beams are brought into collision at the LHC’s four interaction points. This signals the start of physics data-taking by the LHC experiments for 2012.  The collision energy of 8 TeV is a new world record, and increases the machine’s discovery potential considerably.

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The Large Hadron Collider

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