Want to read more about the Large Hadron Collider than endless discussions of doomsday scenarios? Check out the newly expanded US LHC blogs, which today added six new authors to the roster. With startup of the LHC scheduled for this summer, the 10 US LHC bloggers bring you news from the LHC's front lines, as they work with thousands of colleagues to get the world's most complex accelerator and experiments up and running.
Like the four veteran US LHC bloggers, the new recruits represent scientists from US institutions working at CERNand in the United States, for universities and national laboratories, at all levels from graduate students to university professors. The bloggers include four scientists each from the two largest LHC experiments ATLAS and CMS; a nuclear physicist from the ALICE collaboration; and an accelerator physicist working on LHC commissioning and upgrades.
In their first posts, the new bloggers discuss why people are already thinking about LHC upgrades, how long it takes before discoveries are announced from a new accelerator, the challenges and complexities of LHC computing, doing astrophysics with accelerator experiments, and traveling in Turkey. Highlights from recent weeks include a discussion of the aforementioned doomsday scenarios, one physicist's quest to conquer a big West Coast crew race, the amazing precision of particle physics timing, and the intricacies of LHC beam schedules.