LHC Student Reporters

The LHC (Large Hadron Collider) was first thought up in the mid-1980's by CERN scientists. They already had another collider under construction, but the new one would be even larger; in fact, the largest in the world. The LHC would have a circular tunnel with a circumfrance of 27 kilometers. The LHC consists of many dipole magnets connected end to end. Each magnets is only 15 meters long.

In November of 2000, the original collider was shut down and dismantled so the tunnel could be reused for the LHC. It took 18 months to dissassemble it.

For the LHC, four main caverns had to be constructed. Excavation was completed in March of 2003.

In March 2004 the first main active piece of the LHC is moved underground and is put in place.

The first of the 1232 main dipole magnets is put in position in March of 2005.

A cryogenics cooling system first reaches the operating temperature of the LHC at 1.8 degrees Kelvin (-271.4 degrees Celcius) in April of 2005.

In Febuary 2006, the new state-of-the-art control room for the LHC is finished.

In May of 2007 the last magnet section was lowered into place.

The start-up of the LHC is planned for the end of 2007.

Check out the student blog on the lhc at [[http://cosm.hamptonu.edu/vlhc/doku.php?id=wiki:start:lhco:post:home:postings | LHC Postings: The Student Blog for the Large Hadron Collider]]

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