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How the LHC stops a proton beam that can melt a half ton of copper

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posted on Aug, 26 2008 @ 02:24 AM
Most of the time here on ATS you hear about worm holes.. the earth is going to get swallowed into one.. here is what the scientists worry about.. In experiments, researchers found that an 86-microsecond exposure of the beam would bore a hole 40 meters into a block of copper.

The experiment will hurtle two hair-thin beams of hundreds of trillions of protons around a ring-shaped accelerator at 99.99 percent the speed of light, knocking the beams together 11 000 times each second. According to CERN LHC accelerator physicist RĂ¼diger Schmidt, who is in charge of machine protection systems, each unimpeded beam is capable of melting a 500-kilogram block of copper.

Even the slightest malfunction could lead to a catastrophic accident, so CERN has spent nearly two decades devising an interlocking system of fail-safes. One of these is a method of safely purging a proton beam, which has a higher chance of becoming unstable the longer it is whipped around the circular accelerator. Every 10 hours the accelerator gets fresh beams. But first the old ones are dumped into specially designed absorbers called beam dump blocks.

peace all


[edit on 26/8/2008 by daz__]

posted on Aug, 26 2008 @ 09:47 AM
hmmm,, guess all the black hole dudes have lost their tongue's..
alternativly perhaps they dissappeared down a black hole..
perhaps there is a god after all..


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