The world’s biggest particle collider is set to restart this weekend after a two-year upgrade, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) said Thursday. Engineers at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) hope to introduce two proton beams, the source material for sub-atomic smashups, as part of the recommissioning process.
“The first beams could be circulating in the machine sometime between Saturday and Monday,” CERN said in a statement. “We are confident of being able to restart the machine over the weekend, as all of the tests performed so far have been successful,” said Frederick Bordry, CERN’s director for accelerators and technology.
A short-circuit in one of the LHC’s magnet circuits last Saturday had delayed the eagerly-awaited restart. Via Particle smasher set for weekend startup, says CERN.