Luminosity is an important indicator of the performance of an accelerator: it is proportional to the number of collisions that occur in a given amount of time. The higher the luminosity, the more data the experiments can gather to allow them to observe rare processes.

First tests of crab cavities promise a luminous future

29 Mar 2017 | Update - For CERN people | Iva Raynova | The crab cavities, a key component for the HL-LHC luminosity increase, show remarkable first test results

2016: an exceptional year for the LHC

6 Dec 2016 | Update - For the public | Corinne Pralavorio | Particles have circulated in the LHC one last time in 2016 before the winter stop of the accelerators for maintenance

Great expectations from fewer collisions

22 Sep 2016 | Update - For the public | Stefania Pandolfi | This week, the LHC will ignore its motto of ‘maximum luminosity’, and perform special runs at very low luminosity

LHC Report: a break from luminosity production

17 Aug 2016 | Update - For CERN people | Jan Uythoven | The LHC has been in great shape over the last few months, delivering over 20 fb-1 of integrated luminosity before the ICHEP conference

The LHC takes a break before heading to new heights

28 Jul 2016 | Update - For the public | Corinne Pralavorio | After two months at full throttle, the LHC is taking a short break to allow various studies of its operation

LHC performance reaches new highs

8 Jul 2016 | Update - For the public | Corinne Pralavorio | The LHC has chalked up a series of new records, providing its experiments with a torrent of new data

LHC Report: staying cool despite record highs

13 Jun 2016 | Update - For CERN people | Jorg Wenninger | These two last weeks have been a highlight of LHC operation, delivering record luminosity

Data harvest in the LHC

2 Jun 2016 | Update - For the public | Corinne Pralavorio | Higher intensity beams are circulating in the LHC providing more and more collisions to the experiments

Congratulations to SuperKEKB for “first turns"

2 Mar 2016 | Update - For the public | The High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) in Japan celebrates first turns and successful storage of beams in the SuperKEKB collider

Seeing is believing

24 Feb 2015 | Opinion for CERN people | Lucio Rossi | Lucio Rossi reflects on how particle accelerators extend our sense of sight


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