Thursday, October 16, 2008

CERN Porn

The forces on the vacuum barriers attached to the quadrupoles at the subsector ends were such that the cryostats housing these quadrupoles broke their anchors in the concrete floor of the tunnel and were moved away from their original positions, with the electric and fluid connections pulling the dipole cold masses in the subsector from the cold internal supports inside their undisplaced cryostats.
The paragraph above came from the CERN press release where they describe in fairly low level detail each event that caused the recent failure in the LHC. They do it in a way that makes you feel smart even if you have no clue what a quadrupole is. On top of it, look how eloquently they describe a massive event where an expensive technical piece of hardware just ripped itself out of some beefy anchors in the floor. I just love the geeky talk, what a turn on!

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