Kevin Burkett

After a two-year shutdown, the LHC roared back to life earlier this summer, delivering proton-proton collisions at an energy of 13 TeV, significantly higher than the 8-TeV collisions of Run 1.

Kevin Burkett Kevin Burkett, head of the CMS Department, wrote this column. As we await the return of spring here in Chicago, the Large Hadron Collider is coming back to life at CERN. The LHC accelerator has been in a long shutdown, which began after the completion of Run 1 in February 2013. The shutdown has allowed machine experts to perform repairs, make improvements and thoroughly test the accelerator so that it can operate at a higher energy than before….

Kevin Burkett Kevin Burkett, acting head of the CMS Center, wrote this column. The end of the LHC shutdown is now in sight, and members of CMS and machine experts are both beginning preparations for the restart of LHC operations in 2015. The current long shutdown started after the completion of LHC Run 1 in February 2013. Run 1 was a tremendous success, and the experiments are still completing all their analyses using the data accumulated during the run. Last…

Kevin Burkett Kevin Burkett, acting head of the CMS Center, wrote this column. We are now past the halfway point of the LHC’s long shutdown, during which scientists and engineers have been upgrading the collider to smash proton beams at double the energy of its first run. While there is still plenty of work left to do, the LHC accelerator complex is on track to return in early 2015 with proton-proton collisions at close to the LHC design energy of…

Kevin Burkett Kevin Burkett, deputy head of the CMS Center, wrote this column. With the LHC at CERN now in the middle of a shutdown that will last until 2015, members of the CMS collaboration are hard at work on many different fronts: analyzing 2012 data, working on detector components for this shutdown and writing up the Snowmass study on the physics of the high-luminosity LHC. The rapid pace of our work means working simultaneously on the past, present and…