Large Hadron Collider Restart Delayed For October Because of Vacuum Leaks

July 21, 2009, By Atul Roach


As the world awaits the miracle associated with the Hadron Collider- the largest particle collider in the world- it is sad to know that the restart for the behemoth machinery will not happen before mid-November. As per earlier speculations that restart was scheduled for October but a recent discovery of vacuum leaks in two sectors of the experiment have foiled the slated plans.

This fault was made public by CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. The damage exists from the helium circuit into the insulating vacuum, sectors 8-1 and 2-3. To stage repairs, these sectors will be warmed from 80K to room temperature.

The adjacent sub-sectors will work as floats and the remainder of the surrounding sectors will be maintained at 80K. None of the repair work will have an impact on the vacuum in the beam pipe.

Previously, the liquid helium leak halted the experiment designed to answer the core questions about the nature of matter. We hope that everything goes right once this fault is catered too.

[via Physorg]

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