Source: CERN

Authors: Rende Steerenberg

Published Date: Thu, 30 May 2024 08:08:54 +0000

Summary: The LHC switched to the BCMS beam mode on May 24 to explore its potential for producing more collisions compared to the standard beam. The BCMS beam, which results in a greater brightness by compressing and merging bunches, has already shown signs of improved performance. Despite containing the same number of protons as the standard beam, the BCMS beam achieves a smaller beam size. The challenge lies in preserving this increased brightness during acceleration. Final adjustments and studies will determine whether to continue with the BCMS scheme or revert to the standard production scheme.

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