Thursday, 13 August 2009

Celebrate!





The world's largest particle accelerator ot the CERN is due to reusme operation in november this year.
The LHC (Large Hadron Collider) was shut down soon after it's first test run in the september of 2008 due to a technical problem. One of the superconducting magnets which control the path of the particle beam had a small problem. Fantastic amounts of current flow throuogh these superconductors and when this current encountered a small resistance it produced an extremely large amount of heat damaging a section of the LHC and other superconducting magnets nearby.

These magnets have been repaired and the tests are almost complete. The LHC will only start off with particle beams of lower energies (3,5 TeV).
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