6 05 2012

Mark took over for me on shift. Here’s his livebog of the experience!

Occasional Musings of a Particle Physicist

10:30pm: Quiet at CERN. Lots of rain outside. Soon I will go out in the rain as the ATLAS control room is on the other side of the road. Hope my swipe card access still works from last year….
Red Bull Count: 1
Espresso Count:…

11pm: Take over from previous shifter, LHC has cryo problems. Wonder if I’ll even see beam in the next 8 hours. Get in touch with trigger on call expert to confirm she does want to be called when the beams are back even if it’s 4am.

11:15pm: Crisis averted. Discovered US->Swiss power adapter left in office with minimal laptop battery remaining, quick dash across the road and all is well again.
Red Bull Count: 1
Espresso Count: 1

11:30pm: When I arrived LHC expected cryo conditions at midnight, this has now changed to 3am 😦

12:10am: ATLAS shift leader thinks there’ll be no collisions during…

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