'Big Bang' Machine Won't Start Until Fall

Repairs to giant collider taking longer than expected
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 10, 2009 3:30 PM CST
In this Sept. 10, 2008, file photo, European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) scientists control computer screens linked to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva.   (AP Photo/Fabrice Coffrini)
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(Newser) – Scientists won’t restart the Large Hadron Collider until late September—a 6-week delay for the machine designed to replicate the Big Bang, Reuters reports. Repairs of last fall's electrical glitch are taking longer than expected. Particle collisions in the world’s biggest, most complex machine are now scheduled to resume in October, and operations will continue until the following fall, with a quick break at the end of this year.

“The schedule we have now is without a doubt the best for the LHC and for the physicists waiting for data,” a researcher said. “It is cautious, ensuring that all the necessary work is done on the LHC before we start up, yet it allows physics research to begin this year.”

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