Anyone who's been following the Large Hadron Collider project has pretty much known that the magnet accident that happened a while back would cause a delay in this new particle accelerator getting fired up. Now its official, LHC should come online in May 2008. My pops (who was on a review committee that looked into the accident) was guessing that it was going to push things back by 6 months. Everything looks good to go. I'm excited about this one. We're living in a true age of discovery.
“The low-energy run at the end of this year was extremely tight due to a number of small delays, but the inner triplet problem now makes it impossible,” said LHC Project Leader Lyn Evans. “We’ll be starting up for physics in May 2008, as always foreseen, and will commission the machine to full energy in one go.” The new schedule foresees successively cooling and powering each of the LHC’s sectors in turn this year. Throughout the winter, hardware commissioning will continue, allowing the LHC to be ready for high-energy running by the time CERN’s accelerators are switched on in the spring. Commissioning a new particle accelerator is a complex task. Beams will be injected at low energy and low intensity to give the operations team experience in driving the new machine. Intensity and energy will then slowly be increased.