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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...

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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...

2009-09-17 10:30:29

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility marked a step forward in the field of advanced particle accelerator technology with the successful test of the first U.S.-built superconducting radiofrequency (SRF) niobium cavity to meet the exacting specifications of the proposed International Linear Collider (ILC).  The cavity was developed as part of a DOE-funded R&D effort focused on developing technologies that would be required for an ILC,...

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...

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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...

2009-08-04 11:14:09

The world's largest particle accelerator, featured in Angels & Demons making antimatter, is riddled with electrical problems, European officials concede. As a result, it may be years before the $9 billion Large Hadron Collider, located in suburban Geneva, Switzerland, produces groundbreaking science, officials acknowledge. This science is includes identifying the dark matter that astronomers say makes up 25 percent of the cosmos and exploring the existence of dimensions beyond the three...

2009-07-02 11:06:31

Science and technology are becoming increasingly involved in the world of art. Scientific advances and new technological instruments are opening new doors to fields of knowledge to which they had been previously closed. Art is one such case in point.Through an agreement with the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC), the Analysis of Cultural Heritage Materials (AMPC) research group, which concentrates on the study of materials that are of historical, archeological, artistic and cultural...

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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...

2009-03-04 13:46:14

U.S. and British researchers have linked changes in the distribution of metal ions in the brain to Parkinson's disease. The findings, presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago -- by Dr. Joanna Collingwood of Keele University in Staffordshire, England, and Dr. Mark Davidson of the University of Florida -- offer hope of new treatments and earlier diagnosis for those with this neurodegenerative disorder. The researchers are mapping...

2009-02-26 12:00:00

LITTLETON, Mass., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Still River Systems announced today the successful operation of the world's highest field, high energy cyclotron magnet. Still River's magnet is the key technical element for reducing the size and cost of the particle accelerator that will deliver proton therapy at a number of hospitals beginning with the first installation at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri this fall. "The last six months have been very exciting," said Marc...


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