Large Hadron Collider Is Set to Halt for Upgrades
With the discovery of the Higgs boson or something very like it under its belt, the worldâ€™s most powerful particle collider is ready to take a well-earned rest. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will shut down on 11 February ahead of around two years of upgrade work.
The break, known as LS1 for â€˜long stop oneâ€™, is needed to correct several flaws in the original design of the collider, which is located underground at CERN, Europeâ€™s particle-physics laboratory near Geneva in Switzerland. The fixes will allow the collider to almost double the energy at which it smashes protons together.