Monday, December 1, 2008

Photos of LHC Damage

Finally, some photos of the damage to the LHC from the September 19th incident have been released. These are from a talk given by the CERN Director-General on Friday (agenda):




The first photo looks like a magnet that moved off of its mount (the red boxes) that secured it to the concrete floor. The second photo is of a region between two magnets that was crushed when the magnets moved after the helium was released. It's amazing to actually see a visual ... I have a lot of respect for the accelerator physicists and engineers who are working to not only fix the damaged components, but also to prevent this type of incident from occurring again.

I'd like to echo the sentiments of US/LHC Blogger Seth Zenz (who posted the link to Director Aymar's talk) ... thanks for the information and photos! Looking forward to the LHC being back online next year.

A bientôt!

9 comments:

Stephanie Majewski said...

A follow-up comment ... the talk I linked to is no longer publicly available (although it was at the time of posting) in case you are trying to follow the link.

alpinekat said...

Respect for putting the photos online. You'd think the organization that spawned the Web would do more to harness its power rather than engage in cover-up activity, especially in a time when openness would be better respected.

Hywel said...

The talk is still available, as far as I can see.

Stephanie Majewski said...

Hmm, the talk seems to be available again... for a while it was definitely restricted.

alpinekat said...

Hooray! Finally a bit of openness, if reluctant.

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