Physics nerds the world over shouted with glee today at the news that the Large Hadron Collider could be ready for a restart as soon as November. CNet reports that six of the eight superconducting sectors are down to an acceptable temperature level. This prompted James Gillies, head of CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) to tell ZDNet UK that the collider was "on course" for November.
The very first beam collisions should take place mid-November. They will start at half a tera electron volt, and increase eventually up to 3.5 TeVs by the end of the year. The collider's beam can run at up to 7 TeV, but there are currently no plans for a full power test.
The LHC was shut down just nine days after its initial start-up a year ago. This was due to a poorly welded copper bus bar that lead to an explosion. Now the LHC has a new quench detection system, which will allow scientists to measure the resistance of all the copper splices and extract energy from the magnets more efficiently. This should prevent another issue like last year's from occurring.
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