"It's a bit like deliberately blowing a fuse," said Paul Collier, head of beams at CERN.
Today, after tests, engineers report that the fix has worked and now the short has cleared. There's some more work that needs to be done before they can re-power the circuit again, but things are looking up. "We hope to be ready to take beam sometime during the weekend," added Collier.
Sending an electrical discharge through the problem circuit prevented the need to warm up the cryogenic magnet and cool it back down again to 1.9 Kelvin (just above absolute zero) after the debris was manually removed. Such a procedure would have caused a lengthy delay.
NEWS: LHC Revs-Up for Most Powerful Particle Collisions Ever
Now we can start getting (re-)excited for the grand restart, kicking off the second run of the biggest and most powerful particle accelerator on the planet.
Run 2 will see proton beams blasting around the LHC at an energy of 6.5 TeV - providing collision energies of a whopping 13 TeV, nearly double the collision energy of the LHC's first run. We are about to cross the threshold into a new regime for physics where there are high hopes for answering some of the biggest mysteries in modern science, including the origin of dark matter and the possibility of micro-black holes.