LHC First Beam Events in the United States

LHC accelerator tunnel
First superconducting magnets installed in the LHC tunnel in April 2005. Image © CERN

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September 9 | September 10 | September 12

The first attempt to circulate a beam in the Large Hadron Collider was made on September 10, 2008. Several U.S. institutions involved in the construction and startup of the LHC will hosted first beam events. More details about the various events are below.

First Beam Events on September 9

Public LHC Celebration at Cornell University

Location: Ithaca, New York

Date and Time: September 9, 2008, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Details: Join scientists and students from the Cornell University Laboratory for Elementary-Particle Physics to mark the opening of the Large Hadron Collider—the world's largest physics experiment. At 6:30 chat with physics graduate students, view informational posters and enjoy refreshments. At 7:00 p.m. hear talks by Cornell physicists Yuval Grossman and Peter Wittich. Throughout the evening you can view actual compnents used in an LHC experiment.  The event will take place in the Schwartz Auditorium on the Cornell Campus.

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Public First Beam Event at Texas Tech University

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Date and Time: September 9, 2008, 7:00 p.m. Central Time (Note: the event starts approximately 7 hours ahead of the start of CERN's first beam event)

Contact: Sung-Won Lee, 806-742-3730

Details: Open house and public lecture on the evening preceding the first beam in the Large Hadron collider. Join particle physicists from Texas Tech in celebration of the first circulation of protons in the LHC. 

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First Beam Events on September 10

Public First Beam Lecture at University of Arizona

Location: Tucson, Arizona

Date and Time: September 10, 2008, 7:30 p.m. Mountain Time

Contact: Elliott Cheu, (520) 621-4090

Media contact: Mari N. Jensen, (520) 626-9635

Details: Come to this public lecture on the evening of first LHC beam to hear University of Arizona physicists discuss their participation in the historic ATLAS experiment and explain how the world's largest scientific instrument will reveal secrets about our world.

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First Beam Event in the San Francisco Bay Area

Location: San Francisco, California

Date and Time: Evening of September 10, 2008

Contacts: David Harris, SLAC, (650) 926-8580; Paul Preuss, Berkeley Lab, (510) 486-6249

Details: Researchers from Bay Area universities, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), who are major participants in the construction and experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, will gather at the premises of swissnex, an annex of the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco, on the evening of September 10 to celebrate the startup of the world’s most powerful particle accelerator. Media representatives are invited.

First Beam Pajama Party at Florida Tech

Location: Melbourne, Florida

Date and Time: September 10, 2008, 3:00 a.m. Eastern Time

Contact: Marc Baarmand, (321) 674-7266

Details: The public is invited to meet with Florida Tech physics faculty and students to follow the first beam events at CERN. Physics faculty will present informal lectures and videos on the LHC and particle physics.

Fermilab First Beam Pajama Party

Location: Batavia, Illinois

Date and Time: September 10, 2008, 1:30 a.m. Central Time 

Contact: Elizabeth Clements, (630) 840-2326

Details: From Fermilab's LHC Remote Operations Center, attendees will follow the action at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland as it happens. Breakfast will be served following the LHC start-up. Members of the media and US LHC participants are invited to attend the event. Pajamas are optional.

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First Beam Colloquium at Indiana University

Location: Bloomington, Indiana

Date and Time: September 10, 2008, 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Contact: Harold Ogren, (812) 855-2992

Details: Indiana University will join the celebration of first beam in the LHC with a colloquium from Indiana University physicist Harold Ogren. Attendees will learn about the LHC, share the reactions from directors and physicists, and hear about the progress of the ATLAS detectors that is being made ready for data taking by members of the IU physics department. IU students are invited to an informal meeting at 3:00 p.m.

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Public Lecture at Harvard University

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Date and Time: September 10, 2008, 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Contact: John Huth, (617) 495-8144

Details: Harvard physicist John Huth will present a public lecture on the day of first beam in the LHC. The lecture will take place in Jefferson 453 on the Harvard Campus. 

First Beam Event at Brookhaven National Laboratory

Location: Upton, New York

Date and Time: September 10, 2008, 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time 

Contact: Kendra Snyder, (631) 344-8191

Details: Brookhaven, the host laboratory for the U.S. ATLAS collaboration, will host a media and celebratory event centered around its remote monitoring room for the ATLAS experiment. Participants will be able to interact with scientists at CERN in real time via a two-way video feed. Local ATLAS participants, media, students, teachers, lawmakers, and representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation will be invited.

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Public First Beam Event at University at Buffalo (SUNY)


Location: Amherst, New York

Date and Time: September 10, 2008, 9:00 a.m. to noon Eastern Time

Contact: Avto Kharchilava, UB Dept. of Physics, (716) 645-2017 x245

Media contact: Ellen Goldbaum, (716)645-5000 x1415

Details: The University at Buffalo Department of Physics will celebrate the LHC start-up by showing live streaming video of this event on a large screen from 9 am to noon, Sept. 10 in the third floor foyer of Fronczak Hall on the UB North (Amherst) campus. UB physicists have been involved in the planning and design of experiments at the LHC since the 1990s. Throughout the morning, they will be videoconferencing with UB postdocs and students stationed at CERN in Geneva and Fermilab in Chicago.

First Beam Event at Hampton University

Location: Hampton, Virginia

Date and Time: September 10, 2008, 2:30 a.m. Eastern Time

Contact: Kenneth McFarlane

Details: The Hampton University ATLAS group - faculty and staff, graduate and undergraduate students - will get together in the early hours of September 10th to follow the first beam events from CERN.

First Beam Events on September 12

Public First Beam Event at the University of Oregon

Location: Eugene, Oregon

Date and Time: September 12, 2008, 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Contact: James Brau, (541) 346-4766, Knight Professor of Natural Science

Media contact: Jim Barlow, (541) 346-3481, Director of Science and Research Communications

Details: University of Oregon physicists have key roles in the Large Hadron Collider. Come to campus for a free evening event, open to the public, to learn more about the "first beam" and how the LHC will advance the quest of physics to learn about the fundamental nature of the universe.

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