Dr Jorg Wenninger (CERN)
The beam commissioning of the LHC in September 2008 was stopped abruptly after only a few days due to a magnet powering incident. An electric arc developed at the location of a poor soldering, releasing a large amount of energy into the magnets and the cryogenic system. The analysis of the incident and the subsequent repair of the affected arc of the LHC revealed a weakness in the protection...
Dr Wouter Hulsbergen (Nikhef)
The LHCb experiment is optimised for precision measurements of CP violation and rare decays of B and D hadrons at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. The experiment has seen its first proton-proton interactions in the 450 GeV per beam run of the LHC in 2009. We report on the status of the experiment and present results obtained with the first data.
Dr Martijn Mulders (CERN)
After nearly two decades of design, construction and commissioning, the CMS detector was operated with colliding LHC proton beams for the first time in November and December 2009. Collision data was recorded at centre-off-mass energies of 0.9 and 2.36 TeV, and analyzed with a fast turn-around time by the CMS collaboration. In this talk I will present a selection of commissioning results and...
Jean-Francois Arguin (Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory)
The ATLAS Experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider will study a broad range of particle physics at the highest available laboratory energies, from measurements of the standard model to searches for new physics beyond the standard model. The status of ATLAS commissioning and the ATLAS physics program will be reported, and physics prospects for the 2010 LHC run will be discussed.
Christopher Rogan (California Institute of Technology)
The discovery of a Higgs particle is possible in a variety of search channels at the LHC. However, the true identity of any putative Higgs boson will, at first, remain ambiguous until one has experimentally excluded other possible assignments of quantum numbers and couplings. We quantify the degree to which one can discriminate a Standard Model Higgs boson from "look-alikes" at, or close to,...
Dr Peter Jenni (CERN)
The future discovery potential of the two highest energy hadron colliders, the Tevatron and the LHC, will be discussed for a few selected examples. These include of course the Standard Model Higgs, Supersymmetry, and a few other illustrative possibilities. A speculative guess will be taken for the performance on the short-term for both facilities, as well as for the longer term at the LHC.