CERN Announces Official Ground-Breaking Ceremony for LHC Upgrade

April 16, 2018

GENEVA, April 16, 2018 — A ground-breaking ceremony on the 15th of June 2018 will officially mark the beginning of the works to upgrade the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to the High Luminosity LHC (HL-LHC). Passing a milestone step for CERN, LHC’s performance will improve to bring out its full potential. As the number of places for media is limited, we recommend you save the date and send your pre-accreditation in case you plan to attend this event. More details about the programme will be available later.

High Luminosity-LHC kick-off event:

Date: Friday, 15 June 2018

Time: from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.

Locations: Globe of Science and Innovation, LHC Points 1 and 5 work sites

Programme: Press conference from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m., followed by the ceremony until 2.00 p.m. More details to come.

The HL-LHC project is an international endeavour that began in November 2011, and was announced as top priority by the European Strategy in Particle Physics in 2013. After the design report approval in 2015, prototypes have been tested at CERN, and the time is now ripe for racing towards new physics.

The upgraded machine will deliver a higher number of proton-proton collisions per second, by increasing the so-called luminosity. More collisions mean more chances for physicists to investigate rare phenomena, and collect more accurate measurements.

If you are interested in attending this event please send your pre-accreditation by Wednesday 25 April to press@cern.ch.

Further information:

HL-LHC website: http://hilumilhc.web.cern.ch

LHC luminosity upgrade project moving to next phase: http://press.cern/press-releases/2015/10/lhc-luminosity-upgrade-project-moving-next-phase

The High-Luminosity LHC: http://home.cern/about/accelerators/high-luminosity-large-hadron-collider

New technologies for the High-Luminosity LHC: http://home.cern/new-technologies-high-luminosity-lhc

About CERN
CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is one of the world’s leading laboratories for particle physics. The Organization is located on the French-Swiss border, with its headquarters in Geneva. Its Member States are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom. Cyprus, Serbia and Slovenia are Associate Member States in the pre-stage to Membership. India, Lithuania, Pakistan, Turkey and Ukraine are Associate Member States. The European Union, Japan, JINR, the Russian Federation, UNESCO and the United States of America currently have Observer status.


Source: CERN

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