Controlling a 0.98 tera electron volt (TeV) beam requires quite some precision: even if just a portion of this beam gets out of control — scientists refer to this event as "beam loss" — a "quench" can happen and damage is done very quickly: while these quenches do not happen very often, a problem for example in the cryogenic system can cause the beam to leave its path. The Tevatron has an automated shutdown function in such a case, but the high energy causes damage even within short time periods: within 16 ns, one beam burned through about 1.5 m (about 5 feet) of solid steel.
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