CERN wishes you Happy New Year 2018.
In 2017, CERN pushed the limits of knowledge with many new developments. Its flagship machine, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), collected a staggering amount of data, accumulating 5 million billion proton-proton collisions.
In 2018, the LHC begins its final year of data-taking before the second long technical stop. This technical stop, set to last from late 2018 to early 2021, will allow CERN’s technicians, engineers and physicists to renovate and improve the accelerator complex, as well as the experiment collaborations to prepare their detectors to fully exploit the future higher luminosity of the machine.
Whether with the LHC or with the many other research facilities, the year looks set to promise many scientific and technological advances to enrich our understanding of particle physics and to benefit society as a whole.