Big Bang machines head expresses confidence about repair work

January 3rd, 2009 - 2:54 pm ICT by ANI  

Large Hadron Collider

London, Jan 3 (ANI): The scientist in charge of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is confident that the experiment to recreate conditions just after the Big Bang will be successful after the repair work is over.

The LHC was built to smash protons together at huge speeds, recreating conditions moments after the Big Bang.

The 3.6 billion pounds machine in Geneva shut down in September after a malfunction between two of its magnets.

New protection systems will be added as part of 14 million pounds repairs to avoid further problems when the LHC is restarted this summer.

According to a report by BBC News, Project director Dr Lyn Evans said they had a lot of work to do.

But we now have the roadmap, the time and the competence necessary to be ready for physics by summer, he said.

We are currently in a scheduled annual shutdown until May, so were hopeful that not too much time will be lost, he added.

An investigation into the LHCs problems concluded the initial malfunction was caused by a faulty electrical connection between two of the accelerators magnets.

The LHC took 13 years to build and was shut down after just nine days.

The European Organization for Nuclear Research (Cern) said that as a result, 53 magnet units will have to be removed from the LHCs tunnel to be cleaned or repaired.

It is estimated the final magnet will be reinstalled by the end of March, with the LHC ready for tests in June.

According to Dr Evans, he was optimistic that the experiment would be carried out successfully.

I think we have done not only investigating the cause of the incident, but making sure it can never happen again and I think thats an essential thing, he said.

We now have developed a means to be able to spot such things before they create any damage so when the machine comes back up again it will come on safely and it will have a long and productive life, he added. (ANI)

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