An Interdisciplinary Journal

2010, Vol.13, No.2, pp.180-188

CMS Status and Early Physics Plans.
C. Loizides

The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment is a general purpose particle detector experiment located at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. In 2008, the LHC beam was commissioned and successfully steered through the CMS detector. First results from CMS with beam data from 2008 are described, focusing on detector commissioning with beam data: from beam halo studies with the endcap muon system to displays of ``beam splash'' events, in which the proton beam was stopped by an upstream collimator. CMS activities done in the shutdown period of 2008/9 are briefly mentioned. Furthermore, early physics plans based are discussed focusing on the measurement of charged hadron pseudorapity distributions.
Key words: CMS commissioning, beam halo, beam splash, tracklets

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