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Philip Burrows Elected Chair of High Luminosity Large Hadron Collider (HL-LHC) Collaboration Board

The HL-LHC project is led by CERN with the support of an international collaboration of 44 institutions in 20 countries – the vast majority in various European countries including Italy, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom – and including a number of CERN’s non-Member States such as the United States, Japan and Canada. The High-Luminosity LHC, which should be operational from the beginning of 2029, will allow physicists to study known mechanisms in greater detail, such as the Higgs boson, and observe rare new phenomena that might reveal themselves. For example, the High-Luminosity LHC will produce at least 15 million Higgs bosons per year, compared to around three million from the LHC in 2017. The HL-LHC project aims to increase the performance of the LHC in order to increase the potential for discoveries after 2029.

Speaking of the project, Professor Burrows, who will chair the Board for an initial term of two years, said: “The High-Luminosity LHC is the flagship global particle physics collider project; it’s a huge privilege to be able to help steer the Collaboration towards achieving the ambitious technical goals that will underpin particle physics research into the 2030s and beyond”.