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Large Hadron Collider To Confirm New Particle Soon

  • Osvaldo Nunez , Design & Trend Contributor
  • May, 02, 2016, 12:43 PM
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(Photo : Getty Images) The finding of Higgs boson in 2012 helped pave way for better machines that could simulate what the universe looked like after it inflated.

Despite the recent issue with a weasel intervening with the Large Hadron Collider's system, the machine will be returning back to full power. Through full-power performance, the collider will be able to confirm new particles.

"When you open up the energies, you open up possibilities to find new particles," said Dave Charlton, an experimental physicist and the University of Birmingham. "The window that we're opening at 13 TeV is very significant. If something exists between 8 and 13 TeV, we're going to find it."

With the collider coming back to work soon, scientists are looking forward to analyzing data that may confirm a new particle. In December, two separate Large Hadron Colliders found glimpses of a new particle, leading to much theorizing.

"It's a hint at a possible discovery," theorized physicist Csaba Csaki. "If this is really true, then it would possibly be the most exciting thing that I have seen in particle physics in my career - more exciting than the discovery of the Higgs itself."

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was shut down after suffering technical issues after a weasel intruded its 66-000-volt transformer. The result was a short circuit.

"I can confirm that the Large Hadron Collider is on standby mode, following technical issues in the last 24 hours, including a power cut due to the passage of a weasel," CERN spokesperson Arnaud Marsollier told the National Geographic in an email Friday. "The concerned part of the LHC stopped immediately and safely, though some connections were slightly damaged due to an electrical arc," he added.

According to Marollier, some of the connections inside the collider were damaged. "We are at work to repair," Marsollier said about the damage. "The repairs should take no longer than a few days," he said.

This is not the first time an animal has interrupted the functions of the collider. In 2009, a bird knocked out a portion of the particle collider when it dropped an object into its external electrical power supply. The collider then suffered a chain reaction that put its cooling system out of action.

"This isn't the first time an odd event has stalled operations at the particle collider outside Geneva on the Swiss-French border. In 2009, a piece of bread (supposedly a baguette dropped by a bird or from an airplane) interrupted a power installation for an LHC cooling unit," reported Science News.

The bird incident only put the system down for a few hours, compared to current weasel incident that put the system down for a few days.

Roland Kays, head of the Biodiversity Research Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, said that "martens [and other critters] chew on car wires all the time in Europe, it's a pretty big problem actually,"

The Associated Press reported that the weasel did not survive. 

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