The Large Hadron Collider: 10 years of operation

News, 10 September 2018

Ten years ago, on 10 September 2008, the Large Hadron Collider was launched in the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). About 10000 specialists from more than 100 countries took part in its development and construction.

The main goal of LHC is to detect deviations from the Standard Model. Physicists hope that the Large Hadron Collider will help answer some of the fundamental open questions in physics concerning the basic laws governing interactions and forces among elementary objects, the deep structure of space and time, and, in particular, the interrelation between quantum mechanics and general relativity.

Due to a higher energy in comparison with the previous colliders, the LHC allowed scientists to “look” into the previously inaccessible range of energy and to obtain scientific results that impose restrictions on a number of theoretical models.

In 2014 CERN and JINR took important decisions on the mutual granting of the Observer Status. The considerable contribution of JINR into the implementation of the challenging project of the 21 century – the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) – has been highly estimated by the world scientific community. All JINR responsibilities in the design and development of systems for the detectors ATLAS, CMS, ALICE and the LHC collider itself have been successfully and fully accomplished. In recent years, JINR groups have played a considerable role in technical development of the Large Hadron Collider, modernization of its detectors as well as achieving new results basing on the data obtained in the runs of the collider.

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