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Late last year the Large Hadron Collider collided its first protons at a record-breaking energies. On December 16, the collider shut down so teams could prepare the machine to run at even higher energies in 2010. So what are the scientists, engineers and technicians at CERN doing during this approximately two-month-long “technical stop?”
The goal of the many activities taking place during the technical stop is to prepare the LHC to accelerate beams to an energy of 3.5 TeV. Thethree main tasks are replacement of about 4000 connectors in the quench detection system; testing components of the new quench protection system to bring it to full functionality; and maintenance for the CMS experiment.
The LHC’s superconducting magnets are kept at the very low temperature of 1.9 K in order to carry the high currents needed to bend fast-moving particles. At a beam energy of 3.5 TeV, 6000 amps of current will flow through the LHC’s main bending magnets, the dipoles. A quench occurs when part of the superconducting cable within a magnet heats up and can no longer conduct electricity without resistance. The first line of defense against quenches is detection using a complex electronics system that monitors the magnets and surrounding technology.
Originally posted by mdiinican
reply to post by Jordan River
It's not overclocked. It was designed to eventually operate at 7 TeV, so it will be working at just half power when it is running again.
Over the coming years, it's power will be boosted up to the power it was designed for, and perhaps after that it will be modified for additional power.
Originally posted by Jordan River
If it was designed so perfectly than why are we already adding better conductors on it? I think were already modifying it.
Originally posted by davesidious
reply to post by peri26
There is no evidence of a cosmic event happening in, or before, 2012 that will endanger mankind. None. To think so is irrational behaviour.