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Geneva, 30 November 2009. CERN1s Large Hadron Collider has become the worlds highest energy particle accelerator, having accelerated its twin beams of protons to an energy of 1.18 TeV in the early hours of the morning. This exceeds the previous world record of 0.98 TeV, which had been held by the US Fermi National Accelerator Laboratorys Tevatron collider since 2001. It marks another important milestone on the road to first physics at the LHC in 2010.

We are still coming to terms with just how smoothly the LHC commissioning is going, said CERN Director General Rolf Heuer. It is fantastic. However, we are continuing to take it step by step, and there is still a lot to do before we start physics in 2010. Im keeping my champagne on ice until then.
Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a particle accelerator and collider located at CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland ( 46°14′00″N, 6°03′00″E). Currently under construction, the LHC is scheduled to begin operation (at reduced energies) in November 2007. Recent developments indicate that it will not be running before early 2008.[citation needed] The LHC is expected to become the world's largest and highest energy particle accelerator in 2008, when commissioning at 7 TeV is completed. The LHC is being funded and built in collaboration with over two thousand physicists from thirty-four countries, universities and laboratories.

When switched on, it is hoped that the collider will produce the elusive Higgs boson particle — often dubbed the God Particle — the observation of which could explain how other elementary particles gain mass and fill in the gap in the Standard Model theory.

The collider is contained in a 27 kilometre (17 mi) circumference tunnel located underground at a depth ranging from 50 to 150 metres.[1] The tunnel was formerly used to house the LEP, an electron-positron collider.

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