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Lepton Photon 2009: Clamping down

So in all of the discussions of the status of the LHC, there has been little change to the new plan that emerged a few weeks ago: the machine will run at half-energy through most of 2010. The two general purpose experiments, Atlas and CMS, will just have to be patient. But at the end of an LHC status talk, the Atlas team’s Mel Shochet, of the University of Chicago, had a question: how will the LHC fix the problem with the splices for good? Mel had heard a rumor that the LHC would be shut down for quite a while as the welded splices were replaced with clamps — a simpler technology used effectively at Fermilab’s Tevatron. 


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