Roadmap and links to broadcasts of the September 10th event September 8, 2008Posted by dorigo in news, personal, physics, science.
Tags: CMS, LHC
The preparations for the first beam of LHC are in full swing. I am surprised to see such a giant organization around an event which, albeit symbolic, has really little practical relevance. Protons will be launched across the full 27 kilometers of the LHC tunnel, bent by the superconducting magnets of the machine, at less than 1 TeV of energy. It is not clear to me the exact energy of the beam, but I suspect that even CERN itself could do better as far back as during the eighties, when the smaller-lesser collider provided 546, and later 630 GeV proton-antiproton collisions that fruited Rubbia the W and Z boson discovery and a hefty Nobel Prize, together with SImon Van Der Meer. As for the beam intensity, as compared with the super-highway design one, the flux of protons will be more or less like that of vehicles on a dust trail in Arizona, and our detectors will be like poor souls dozing on the side, thumb up for a hitchhike in case a car stops.
The event, therefore, is purely a mediatic one. Hordes of reporters are crowding the place already today, and you can see them wandering around in small groups, with video cameras and other gadgets. So one really has a hard time escaping the feeling that September 10th will be a special day. Even munchies and beverages will be allowed in places where usually food and drinks are strictly forbidden! And this ain’t America, where the despicable habit of “bring your lunch” meetings is still en vogue.
So if we have to die, let us see how it is going to happen in some detail. First of all, you might want to check the following information:
- The latest press releases are available here.
- Here you may find up-to-date information on how to follow the event from your desktop computer, either via a webcast or via Evo, in the Universe community (in the latter case I suggest you to register in advance here).
- This document (in pdf) explains what will happen during the day.
A cartoon illustrating the communication network set up for the event is shown below (click to get an enlarged version):
A number of events are planned in several laboratories around the world: Fermilab, Desy, ETH, INFN… I have no links to offer for these, but it should not be too hard for you to find them in case you are interested – just visit the web sites of the laboratories. For Fermilab, see here. For a list of US sites participating in the event, see here.
As for me, I will be on day shift from 8 to 16 on Wednesday. I expect that being in the CMS control room will be enough excitement for me. Probably we will also get the visit of journalists, maybe video recordings. I will make sure I wear a jacket. And, just in case I see too many black holes being produced, I will stay close to the main switch!