Upcoming 2008


Start 2008 with full on hardware commissioning. Milestones will include:

  • Getting the whole ring cold
  • Current in all main circuits at the same time

Hardware commissioning hands over to Operations in July: full machine check-out, LHC prepares for beam

  • Closure of the ring for access tests.
  • All magnets powered to top energy together.
  • All equipement running together - magnets, RF, dumps, beam instrumentation etc.
  • First beam into the machine - late July.
  • First full turn hopefully shortly after
  • First circulating beam - 2 or 3 days later with a bit of luck.
  • First collisions at 450 GeV.
  • First collisions at 7 TeV - guessing around 2 months after we first get beam.