Reine and Michaela: Upgrading the LHC for asymmetric collisions

by Panos Charitos. Published: 22 January 2013

Reine Versteegen (CERN Fellow) and Michaela Schaumann (PhD Student) are closely working with John Jowett in the heavy-ion programme at CERN in getting protons and lead-ions colliding at the LHC. These asymmetric collisions pose technical challenges for the experiments related to numerous effects that appear due to the different charges and energies of the two beams. We met Reine and Michaela and discussed with them about their motivation and the challenges they faced before the proton-lead run.