The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) completed its first three-year running cycle at 7:24am today, when its crew removed its beams and entered it into its first long shutdown period. Called LS1 (Long Shutdown 1), the LHC will undergo maintenance and consolidation work, enabling it to run at a higher energy when it is fired back up in 2015.
Scientists sifting proton collision data from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) believe they have identified a new type of matter, revealed by the distinctive paired patterns of fleeing particles splayed after high-speed smashups. The so-called color-glass condensate was spotted by the Compact Muon Solenoid team, MIT reports, with some pairs of particles sent flying with their directions correlated in a number of LHC lead proton runs. It's suggested that quark gluon plasma waves may be at the heart of the patterns, with the collisions causing "a liquid-like wave of gluons."
Researchers at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland have discovered a decay in an important physics theory known as supersymmetry. This theory is in place to predict the existence of super particles. Nicknamed SUSY, the Supersymmetry theory is a way to explain some of the inconsistencies in the traditional theory of subatomic physics.
Scientists hunting the Higgs boson have reactivated the Large Hadron Collider, waking the slumbering proton smasher from its winter slumber, and coaxing it to faster speeds than ever before. Running in 2011 at 3.5 TeV (teraelectronvolts) in each direction - for a total collision speed of 7 TeV - the new running speed is 8 TeV, ostensibly a small step up but one which the team at CERN says will have a significant impact on the potential for discovering new particles.
I have seen plenty of photos of the Large Hadron Collider or LHC over the years and it is a very impressive piece of machinery. Apparently, a physicist named Sascha Mehlhase had some time not spent doing actual work to recreate the LHC using Lego bricks. It's a very accurate representation as well.
Just a week after triumphantly smashing its first protons, the Large Hadron Collider has experienced another power failure which took not only the collider itself offline but temporarily killed its website. According to the LHC controllers, the failure took place in the early hours of the morning an affected an 18,000 volt power line; before the supercooled magnets had a chance to warm up, however, the diesel backup generators kicked in.
No specific cause to the problem has been confirmed, though the LHC project released this image of the broken component involved. Currently the system is partially running from power sourced through a different supply elsewhere on the site, and no lasting damage has been made to the LHC as a whole.
Think back over the last 24 hours or so - did you feel a shimmer in the fabric of the universe? If not, you're obviously not tuned into CERN, who powered up the Large Hadron Collider and fired two proton beams simultaneously for the first time yesterday. While the first collisions have already been spotted, it's still early days for Higgs boson spotting overall: the scientists in charge of the LHC still have to ramp up the proton speed, with a target of 1.2 trillion electron volts (TeV) by Christmas.
The Large Hadron Collider experienced overheating problems this week after - and we're not making this up - a bird dropped a piece of bread onto part of the machinery. According to LHC Machine Coordinator Dr Mike Lamont, "a bit of baguette on the busbars" caused temperatures in portions of the system to rise from their regular 1.9 Kelvin to almost 8 Kelvin; the LHC is not currently operational, after previous - more serious - overheating issues back in September, but scientists working on the project claim it would have merely automatically shut down had the bird bombing occurred during actual testing.
As you most likely have already heard, the Large Hadron Collider was taken offline due to a problem with the device's magnets. But then, we found out a full-on helium leak caused even more concern. And now we won't see the good 'ol LHC up and running again until the spring of next year.
Everyone in the science community must have uttered a sigh of disappointment today when word traveled that the Large Hadron Collider had been taken offline due to electrical problems. With all the talk of black hole creation and Higgs-Boson particle finding, it's easy to forget this is a piece of technology, which can malfunction.