LHC Open House & Public Lecture @ TTU
TTU High Energy Physicists, Drs. Nural Akchurin, Sung-Won Lee, Alan Sill, Igor Volobouev, Richard Wigmans, and their research team hosted a special event in science lecture room 7 on September 9, 2008, to celebrate the first circulation of a proton beam in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN near Geneva, Switzerland.
More than 150 visitors joined a group of TTU High Energy physicists for a special 2-hour event, Public Commemoration of First Circulating Beam in the LHC - Open House and Public Lecture.
The event begun with an open house at 7:00 pm, followed by a public lecture by Dr. Wigmans at 8:00 pm, along with some remarks by TTU High Energy Physicists on TTU participation in the CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) experiment at the LHC.
The open house consisted of in-person demonstrations and displays by the High Energy Physics group using computers and displays specially set up for this purpose. The evening presentation concluded with showing of a short movie on the the LHC and CMS experiment, in which the TTU High Energy Physics group is involved.
The LHC is the largest, most complex and most powerful particle collider ever built. It just operate at CERN near Geneva, Switzerland in a 17-mile circular tunnel about 300 feet underground. The LHC will create 600 million proton-proton collisions per second at an energy of 14 trillion electron volts. The CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) is one of two general-purpose LHC experiments designed to explore the physics of the Terascale, the energy region where physicists believe they will find answers to the central questions at the heart of 21st-century particle physics. High-energy physicists at TTU have plays a leading role in the design, construction, installation, preparation for experiment startup, and operation of the Forward Hadron Calorimeters for the CMS experiment.  
More information is available at http://www.uslhc.us/first_beam
The Lubbock Avalanche Journal also reported on the special 2-hour event (Public Commemoration of First Circulating Beam in the LHC) on September 9 organized by TTU High Energy Physics group. The news is available at http://www.lubbockonline.com/stories/091008/loc_330481909.shtml