Latest Collider Stories

2009-10-17 07:50:00

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiment is now more frigid than deep space, making it one of the coldest locations in the Universe, BBC News reported. Recent adjustments in all eight sectors of the LHC have dropped the operating temperature to 1.9 kelvin (-271C; -456F). Liquid helium maintains the intense cold in nearly 17-mile long magnets that bend particle beams around the LHC.  The magnets are positioned end-to-end in a circular tunnel overlapping the Franco-Swiss border. The...

2009-10-05 10:53:27

Controlling huge electromagnetic forces that have the potential to destroy the next generation of particle accelerators is the subject of a new paper by a University of Manchester physicist. So-called 'wake fields' occur during the process of acceleration and can cause particles to fly apart. The particles are traveling at extremely high energies "“ and if they are subjected to these wake fields, they can easily destroy the accelerators. In his paper 'Wake field Suppression in High...

2009-09-28 12:00:00

After a widely publicized helium leak shut down the Large Hadron Collider last year, engineers began installing an early warning system they hope will prevent any similar problems, BBC News reported. When a "faulty splice" between magnets knocked the LHC offline last September, it delayed the start of science operations by more than a year. Now officials hope to restart the collider in mid November, where it will send two beams of particles crashing into each other at close to the speed of...

2009-09-11 09:58:13

The Large Hadron Collider will not become a white elephant, despite having operated just one week in the year since its debut, scientists in Switzerland said. The world's most powerful atom smasher began operation a year ago this month near Geneva amid great expectations it would recreate the conditions of the universe at its earliest infancy. A week later, the more than $8 billion collider broke down. Scientists have spent the last year replacing super magnets and inspecting parts designed...

2009-08-07 11:52:50

Switzerland's troubled Large Hadron Collider is expected to restart in November at half-speed and reach full capacity in 2011, scientists said. The world's most powerful atom-smasher initially began operating Sept. 10 but was shut down nine days later when two magnets failed, causing a serious helium leak in the cooling ring. The $6.7 billion collider, located in the suburbs of Geneva, has been under repair since then. When it starts smashing protons in mid-November, the collider is to run at...

2009-08-07 06:40:00

The mysteries of the universe will remain unknown for a few months longer after the CERN announcement that the giant particle collider will restart in November. CERN, or the European Organization for Nuclear Research, says the restart will mean the world's biggest atom smasher will operate below full power. No more repairs would be necessary for "safe running" this year and next, according to a CERN statement. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) promises to unlock scientific mysteries about the...

2009-06-21 07:35:00

The world's biggest atom smasher will be put to the test once more in September after scientists have conducted tests and set up additional safety precautions to stop any further mistakes that halted the $10 billion machine after its startup in 2008, the operator announced on Saturday. The Large Hadron Collider was intended to begin again in late September, but most likely will wait an additional two to three weeks, a spokesman for the European Organization for Nuclear Research said. "We're...

2009-05-28 09:49:11

Particle physics saves lives, connects continents through new channels of communication, helps us understand the world around us and inspires tomorrow's leaders. While the perils associated with particle physics, from Earth-gobbling black holes to Vatican-destroying amounts of antimatter, gain news headlines, it's easy to overlook the large economic and societal benefits of particle physics research. The technology designed and engineered for paradigm-shifting experiments, such as the Large...

2009-04-01 15:20:00

An orbiting satellite has detected an anomalous energy signal that European astronomers say could be a sign of dark matter, the AFP reported. The researchers said they may have picked up a signature of this strange phenomenon, but more work is needed. Ordinary material such as atoms comprise perhaps as little as five percent of what makes up the cosmos, according to previous studies by astrophysicists calculating the amount of matter in the Universe. Data suggests the remainder...

2008-12-16 11:26:38

UK scientists have successfully demonstrated energy recovery on the ALICE advanced particle accelerator design, potentially paving the way for new accelerators using a fraction of the energy required under conventional methods. At 2am on 13 December, ALICE's superconducting linear accelerator accelerated electrons to 99.9% of the speed of light, creating a beam with a total energy of 11 million electron volts. This was the first time the ALICE beam had been successfully transported around the...

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