"On February 25, days before the Chile quake struck far across the world at the Hadron Collider, “…some fifty of the mighty collider’s huge superconducting magnets to “quench”.
A quench occurs unpredictably when the magnets get warmer than 9.6 degrees above absolute zero, causing their superconducting properties to disappear and their powerful fields, necessary to bend hyperpowered lightspeed particle beams around into a circle, to collapse. Normally the magnets are kept chilled down to a frosty 1.9 degrees using liquid helium.
Should a quench occur with full-power beams up and circulating, the result would be disastrous as the released, uncontrolled bolts of high-energy protons would deliver a blast equivalent to being rammed by an aircraft carrier. However there are automatic “beam dump” systems to cope with this, where the rays are quickly fired into special cooled, shielded graphite absorbers before temperatures can climb too high."
A quench at CERN....very serious...and we keep having anomalies across the board...
reminds me of 3 mile island...meltdown type scenarios
a strangelet gets loose and voile-nano goo starts eating everything...
twisting many beyond measure, as they are so broken themselves-with all their "power" they are IMPOTENT
forever stuck in their loop
[link to www.theregister.co.uk