The Large Hadron Collider has continued this year’s run of success by surpassing last years luminosity record of 206/μb/s to set a new record of 254/μb/s for the ATLAS experiment and 248/μb/s for CMS. This evening they circulated 200 bunches for the first time this year to grab the new record.
With this level of power it should be easy to collect the 1/fb of collision data that the physicists need this year, but the limit of the machine has still not been reached. The plan for this year is to get to 900 bunches to provide luminosities of over 1000/μb/s. The actual amount of data they collect will depend on how quickly they can reach this level and how efficiently they can run. The more they can collect the better the chance for finding signs of new physics.