The newly-upgraded LHC (Large Hadron Collider) broke a world record with its proton beams.
The Large Hadron Collider, located at CERN near Geneva, Switzerland, restarted on April 22 after a planned, three-year hiatus during which several upgrades were made to the facility. These improvements are already being tested, and, in restarting and preparing for its new operating phase, which is called Run 3, the Large Hadron Collider has already beaten a previous record.
This particle accelerator is the largest and most powerful in the world.
“Today the two #LHC pilot beams of protons were accelerated, for the first time, to the record energy of 6.8 TeV per beam. After #restartingLHC, this operation is part of the activities to recommission the machine in preparation of #LHCRun3, planned for the summer of 2022,” CERN tweeted today (April 25).
The Large Hadron Collider works by accelerating two beams of particles like protons towards each other. These high-energy beams collide, allowing particle physicists to explore the extreme limits of our physical world and even discover aspects of physics never seen before.
With the upgrades included, the energy of the Large Hadron Collider’s proton beams was set to increase from 6.5 TeV to 6.8 TeV. For reference, one TeV is equivalent to 1 trillion electron volts and, in terms of K.E, is roughly equal to the energy of a mosquito flying. While this might seem like a tiny amount of energy, it is an incredible amount of energy for a single proton.