Published: 12 July 2014

Speaking at press conference held during the 37th International Conference on High Energy PhysicsExternal Links icon, ICHEP, in Valencia, Spain, this morning CERN Director-General Rolf Heuer summarized the results being presented from CERN.

CERN Director-General Rolf Heuer addresses physicists at the ICHEP conference in Valencia, Spain (Image: CERN)

The conference, which began last Thursday with three days of parallel sessions, now moves on to plenary sessions until Wednesday, summing up the current state of the art in the field. The plenary sessions will be webcast.

“Two years on from the last ICHEP conference, during which the discovery of the messenger of the Brout-Englert-Higgs mechanism, a Higgs boson, was announced, this topic is still a strong focus of the presentations from CERN,” said Heuer. “But for me, the main message I’m taking away from this conference is that there’s a lot at stake for the LHC’s second run starting next year, and the experiments are all ready to exploit the full potential that higher-energy running brings.”

All four LHC experiments presented new results from the LHC’s first run, which concluded in 2013.

Spearheaded by the ALICE experiment, which is dedicated to exploring quark-gluon plasma, the hot-dense state of matter that would have existed just after the big bang, all the LHC experiments have delivered new insights into this exotic form of matter. And LHCb, the experiment that specializes in measuring short-lived particles with great precision, presented a range of results.

After 18 months of maintenance and upgrading, the CERN accelerator complex is now starting up for physics. Research programmes at all the accelerators with the exception of the LHC will be underway in 2014, with the LHC joining in spring 2015.