It’s been two years since the Large Hadron Collider has been seen in action, and those waiting for it to be fixed might be waiting a couple more weeks before any colliding is happening inside the 17-mile monster. LHC has been widely known as the ‘Big Bang’ machine, given the fact that it could potentially replicate what happened in the universe so long ago.
However, an electrical issue has caused a delay that, according to CERN would, “suggest a delay of between a few days and several weeks.” That might seem like a wide range, but there’s nothing at this point to suggest that the wait would be anymore than what they have said. The team had also pointed out, “all signs are good for a great run 2,” showing just how excited they were about the launch that should have been.
This though is fairly significant in the science world. Since this has been something that the science community has been waiting to re-launch for more than two years. Originally, the collider went down for regular maintenance and an update – but that update took significantly longer than scientists had originally expected. All that said, there is still a very good chance that in a couple weeks this launch will happen.
A lot of the wait is also associated now with not just fixing the short circuit, but also waiting for everything to continue powering up – since there is a significant process that takes place inside the machine before the actually collision. Interestingly, this is something that should have pretty significant impact on the next few weeks in the molecular science and space business – as many wait on pins and needles to see how the second launch goes for this particular piece of equipment.
This isn’t something that is being run on a regular basis. Instead, it’s being run quite rarely – and now it has been so long – that many in the science community and those observing CERN wonder how effective LHC will be in its second act.