The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) witnessed a technical snag as a short-circuit was developed in the wiring of one of its important magnets, forcing the scientists at the CERN research centre in Europe to postpone the much-awaited re-launch aimed at studying the ‘Big Bang’ theory.
“Current indications suggest a delay of between a few days and several weeks,” CERN research centre said in a statement on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, the engineers at the leading particle physics research centre of the world are expected to begin pumping of proton beams in opposite directions in two 27 kilometers-long underground tubes in Large Hadron Collider, which has been shut down for the past two years for undergoing the refit procedure.
That would have been the introduction to the beginning of collisions of the particle in late May at two times the power of those in the first runs of LHC between 2010 and 2013.
The collision of particles inside the Large Hadron Collidor is designed in such a way that it could mimic the conditions that must have prevailed just after the Big Bang that led to the creation of the universe.
The CERN scientists made a major breakthrough in the year 2012 when they announced the discovery of a new subatomic particle which is the basic building block of our universe.
The new subatomic particle seemed to be the boson that was imagined and named around half a century before by renowned physicist Peter Higgs.
The CERN scientists were disappointed over the last-minute technical glitch that erupted in just one of the eight sectors of the underground ‘Big Bang’ machine that have been rewired and thoroughly checked during the closedown.