Beyond Science

Cern reveals it has SUPERCHARGED the Large Hadron Collider as it begins latest bid to unravel the mysteries of the universe

After 17 weeks inactive, the Large Hadron Collider has started up again – and it’ll soon be performing better than ever. While the LHC typically takes an annual ‘winter break’ so technicians can perform repairs and upgrades, this year’s stop was longer than usual. Now, a superconducting magnet has been replaced, and a new ‘beam dump’ installed, and the particle accelerator is once again circulating proton beams. Maintenance work began in December 2016, marking the beginning of the LHC’s extended ‘technical stop.’ Since completed, each of the machines in the chain have been turned back on and checked, one by one, ahead of the switching on of the final component – the LHC…….Read More