No beam today, always beam tomorrow
Some additional links at Back from Break, as usual.
The eager Igors of CERN are going to have to wait a little longer before they try to destroy the universe: it turns out that the upgraded Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has a short circuit in one of its dipole circuits. Mere days before the LHC's keenly-anticipated Earthproton-shattering return to operations, the main dipole …
It's always the same whenever you get some building work done, the workmen leave junk everywhere. I hope they've checked the ATLAS for builder detritus too, otherwise there may be an embarrassing announcement soon that CERN have discovered that the Higgs Boson is composed of stale ham sandwiches and page three pinups.
This mega-project was sold to taxpayers as a tool to discover new aspects of the universe - all it appears to have done so far is generate a few Terabytes of data that confirm what everyone already suspected - physicists have no clue about how the universe works, but they do know how to apply for grants.
Its complicated by being at 4K, they can warm it up a bit but much above 6K the nearly superfluid liquid helium starts to become gaseous and this could lead to another £xpen$ive helium venting incident which would be a "Very Bad Thing" (tm)
What they do *not* want to do at this stage is damage the ancillary equipment or quench a nearby quadrupole magnet because then they would need to retrain it from scratch and this could take weeks or longer if it has to be replaced.
The physics is fascinating and thoroughly documented on CERN's sites.
Re. inconclusive X-rays, has it not occurred to them to do a passive MRI scan of the magnet?
Its not like they are short of SQUIDs and liquid helium...
Current pulse sent that obnoxious short right to Grethor where it belongs.
Expect dimensional portal incursion any day soon, probably May 4th at 03.27 am just for the lol factor.
(Star Wars Day and all that)
Dibs on them contacting the strange and bizarre parallel Universe where Farage won the election by a landslide, or the even more bizarre one where Russia beat America to the Moon with their N1 nuclear ramjet, and now has bases on Mars.
Its entirely possible that the version of M-theory which posits that parallel Universes exist in *all possible* time periods is the correct one so this could also explain a lot of other unexplained phenomena.
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