The upgrade work begins
The SLHC-PP comprises coordinating, support and technical activities. The coordinating activities are arguably most important at the moment and will play a central role as plans are drawn up for the new accelerator- and detector-upgrade collaborations. They will help put in place project structures and collaboration management tools. Ultimately, the aim is for agreement on work-sharing and funding for the implementation phase.
The activities are divided into a number of projects, or work packages. There are eight such work packages, including one to co-ordinate the activities of the remaining seven.
If the main LHC ring is to carry more protons then the injector system will need a major overhaul
CMS, the heaviest particle detector ever constructed, will lose some weight in the luminosity upgrade
Natural wear and tear means the LHC magnets will soon need replacing - new and better magnets will be used
The Superconducting Proton Linac will rapidly accelerate the subatomic particles on their way towards the main ring.
The detectors will need more power to monitor ten times as many collisions, but there's no extra space to work with