The Large Hadron Collider – based at CERN near Geneva – has produced particle collisions at a speed of 7 trillion electron-volts (TEV).
For the experts, the milestone marks the beginning of a new era in science:
“We are really starting physics, and this is the first time we are entering new territory, exploring seven TEV will be a fantastic adventure, we are just at the beginning, clearly we have to do a lot of work, we have to understand our detector, to understand physics in this new region of energy, but if we are lucky within a few months we will be able to start a major adventure in modern physics.” said Guido Tonelli from CERN.
Scientists hope that previously unseen phenomena will show up in the debris after each collision.
They want to find the elusive Higgs-Boson particle and shed light on the origins of matter.
After this initial experiment, the LHC will close for maintenance for a year – when it re-opens, the Big Bang experiment will be attempted.