Cern is reporting that a faulty electrical connection between two magnets caused a large helium leak on Friday and the section of the collider will have to be repaired.
It will take a month to heat up the section of the collider so that it can be safely repaired, and then another month to cool the section back down so that it can be used in experiments.
“For the same fault, not uncommon in a normally conducting machine, the repair time would be a matter of days,” said Cern.
“A full investigation is underway, but it is already clear that the sector will have to be warmed up for repairs to take place.”
However Cern has previously said that it will not run the collider during winter months to avoid draining local power systems. When operating the LHC uses enough electricity to power the city of Geneva.
This is the second fault to hit the LHC since operation on September 10th. A 30 ton transformer within hours of testing and had to be replaced.
In related news the LHC rap performed by scientists at the LHC (and now viewed by over 4 million people), has now become so popular that it is being offered as a ringtone by American company Funmobility.
LHC could be shut until next year
By Iain Thomson on Sep 23, 2008 4:04PM