By Hamish Johnston
Every day I look at the LHC Dashboard website, and for several months it has been very quiet.
But today the site – which gives LHC beam parameters in nearly real time – has a few red spikes (above) suggesting that one of the proton beams has been on, if just momentarily.
Indeed, today is the day that CERN plans to switch on the accelerator after its winter hibernation. However, I believe that we will have to wait until March before there are any collisions.
In the meantime, I’ll keep checking the dashboard.