LHC to Restart in 2009

The LHC tunnel
The LHC tunnel

CERN today confirmed that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will restart in 2009. This news forms part of an updated report, published last week, on the status of the LHC following a malfunction on 19 September.

"The top priority for CERN today is to provide collision data for the experiments as soon as reasonably possible," said CERN Director General Robert Aymar. "This will be in the summer of 2009."

The initial malfunction was caused by a faulty electrical connection between two of the accelerator's magnets. This resulted in mechanical damage and release of helium from the magnet cold mass into the tunnel. Proper safety procedures were in force, the safety systems performed as expected, and no one was put at risk.

Detailed studies of the malfunction have allowed the LHC's engineers to identify means of preventing a similar incident from reoccurring in the future, and to design new protection systems for the machine. A total of 53 magnet units have to be removed from the tunnel for cleaning or repair, of these, 28 have already been brought to the surface and the first two replacement units have been installed in the tunnel. The current schedule foresees the final magnet being reinstalled by the end of March 2009, with the LHC being cold and ready for powering tests by the end of June 2009.

"We have a lot of work to do over the coming months," said LHC project Leader Lyn Evans, "but we now have the roadmap, the time and the competence necessary to be ready for physics by summer. We are currently in a scheduled annual shutdown until May, so we're hopeful that not too much time will be lost."

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Dec 08, 2008
Oh gooddie. I'll mark my calendar.

Dec 08, 2008
I just happy it's not 2010. :/

Dec 08, 2008
Was just wondering with all the talk of blackholes with cern has anyone done any work with blackhole spin directions? I figure there has to be some that spin one way and some that spin the other way mby? I guess I should go wiki this stuff but im lazy...

Dec 09, 2008
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Dec 09, 2008
yes it cacreat mini black holes that fast decays a second.There are subatomic particles which at speeds almost the speed of light about 99% the speed. Which would collide. make a new subatomic particle. Which would answer the deepest qustions like what happen big bang, what happens at the center of a black hole, the list goes on. the biggest is the second after the big bang. and no its not goig be a doomsday device . cause the engery wouldnt light a light bulb lol

Dec 11, 2008
Negativity retards scientific development mate. The LHC will help us understand our universe better and also answer many questions regarding the same. I stand for the LHC and advocate the experiment. Sometimes you just have to admit that 3000 scientists have higher intelligence than you do.

Dec 13, 2008
Yeah by blowing the earth up but hey I want that to happen so I guess if it does I'll be happy at least.

Dec 14, 2008
Yeah by blowing the earth up but hey I want that to happen so I guess if it does I'll be happy at least.

You think the LHC will blow the world up? If that thing were to explode, I don't think it would even take out the majority of Switzerland. As far as explosions go, at worst, your looking at a very small hydrogen bomb. Not pleasent, but not catastrophic on a global scale.

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