Big Bang Machine to re-start in June

January 5th, 2009 - 12:36 pm ICT by ANI  

Large Hadron Collider

London, Jan 5 (ANI): If reports are to be believed, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), popularly known as the Big Bang Machine, should be fixed and re-started in June this year.

According to a report in Daily Express, work on the broken machine is being stepped up in the new year with the aim of getting the 4 billion pounds Atom Smasher re-started in June.

The LHC, the biggest atom-smashing machine ever built, straddles the borders of France and Switzerland and is operated by CERN, the European particle physics laboratory near Geneva.

It suffered a catastrophic malfunction soon after being switched on amid a fanfare of publicity last September.

A faulty electrical connection led to a leak of super-cold helium causing damage estimated at 20 million pounds.

As a result, 53 of the magnets used to accelerate sub-atomic particles around the machines 17-mile underground tunnel have had to be brought to the surface for repair or cleaning.

Engineers have now designed fail-safe protection systems to ensure that a similar accident never happens again.

Electronic monitors will provide early warnings of hazards, and the magnet network will also be fitted with pressure-release valves to confine the damage caused by any future leak.

The LHC is designed to simulate the Big Bang, which started the universe 15 billion years ago, by smashing sub-atomic particles together at energies never before achieved.

Scientists hope this will help them find the answers to big questions, such as what causes mass and whether hidden dimensions exist in space.

There is also a possibility of tiny black holes being created in the Collider. Experts insist that if this happens, they will pose no threat. (ANI)

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