Three years of delay for LHC startup! April 1, 2007Posted by dorigo in news, physics, politics, science.
I would never have wanted to post such dreadful news this morning… The structural problem found with the magnet enclosures of the Large Hadron Collider is going to have a horrible effect on the start-up schedule of the machine.
A stress test of the structures performed a few days ago demonstrated that they are quite vulnerable to quenching conditions of the magnets, as explained in this press release by Fermilab .
It now appears that a completely new design of these components of the beam is necessary. Details are still sketchy in the CERN press release, but the most optimistic estimates have been placed at three years for redesign, production, and installation.
This is very bad news for science… I wonder how fresh new graduate students working in CMS and Atlas will feel today, knowing that their PhD will probably end without any collider data to base a thesis on.
UPDATE: ok – this post got far too much exposure and I think it is beyond its original scope to leave it uncommented. It is an APRIL’s FOOL. Sorry to those of you who got hurt by not understanding that in the first place… I made it a bit too credible, and for that I apologize (I find it pointless if an April’s fool is too easy to recognize).
Please understand that there are no official news on any delay in the LHC schedule or in the CMS and Atlas experiments. I simply do not know, until CERN releases some statement. It is possible that the schedule will suffer some delay, but that is only my personal guess.
UPDATE 2: this post continues to draw too much attention…. Which is fine, but it starts to bother me that people continue to click on the CERN link. Please understand that the CERN link does not work because its not working is part of the prank!!!