LHC Physics at Ten: Entering Uncharted Waters


CERN Control Centre on 30 March 2010
(Image: CERN)

On 30 March 2010, exactly ten years ago, a metaphorical champagne bottle was smashed across the bow of the Large Hadron Collider (and several non-metaphorical ones were popped) as CERN’s flagship accelerator embarked upon its record-breaking journey to explore strange new worlds at the high-energy frontier: it collided protons at an energy of 3.5 teraelectronvolts (TeV) per beam for the first time. Since then, the largest scientific instrument ever built has enabled scientists to study a variety of physics phenomena, with its crowning achievement being the discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012.

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