Short Circuit Delays CERN’s Hunt for Dark Matter Indefinitely

lhcIn a rare occurrence of a short-circuit, CERN has delayed its much-anticipated re-start of the world’s largest proton smasher indefinitely.

The particle-hunting Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was cooled in the last two years to double its energy and was planned for a re-start on Monday but the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) said on Wednesday that the error found last Saturday.

“It is a well understood issue, but one that could take time to resolve,” it said in a statement saying the short-circuit was found in one of the magnetic instruments. The LHC extends 27-kilometre (17-mile) in a ring-shaped tunnel where in two beams of protons are sent in opposite directions.

In 2012 CERN was credited with the honour of discovering the Higgs boson or dark matter research and was crowned with the 2013 Nobel Prize in physics.

The LHC has been repaired in the next two years to upgrade its energy in its hunt for particles that may change the understanding of the world.

The repair work on short circuit will take weeks and hence the CERN re-start of LHC is delayed by few more weeks, said the institute.

“In the grand scheme of things, a few weeks’ delay in humankind’s quest to understand our universe is little more than the blink of an eye,” defended CERN director Rolf Heuer in the statement.

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