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LHC incident may cause two month delay


A faulty electrical connection between two superconducting magnets may be to blame for an incident that will delay the start of beam collisions at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland for at least two months.

Physicists at CERN believe that the electrical connection may have melted at high voltage which caused a temperature spike of 100 degrees Celsius, enough to make the superconducting magnet quench or become resistive. The quench resulted in a large helium release into the tunnel on September 19th. CERN is estimating that the repair, a relatively simple one, will take two months to fix because the magnets needs to warm up before they can be repaired and then cooled again after repairs have taken place.

Thanks to CERN's stringent safety measures no people were ever at risk during the incident.

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