Well, sort of:
„If, in any of the channels [in the magnets], there is any piece of debris – it is a very small channel – then the beam will not go round.“
Mr Myers has experience of the latter problem. While working on the LHC’s predecessor, a machine called the Large-Electron Positron Collider, engineers found two beer bottles wedged into the beam pipe – a deliberate, one-off act of sabotage.
The culprits – who were drinking a particular brand which advertising once claimed would „refresh the parts other beers cannot reach“ – were never found.
Steve Myers said engineers would break out the champagne if all went to plan. But a particular brand of beer will not be on the menu, he said.
Warum zur Hölle sind es immer nur Briten, die derartig gewürzte Artikel über an sich trockene Themen verfassen? Etwas Humor kann doch mitunter recht langatmige Wissenschaftsartikel viel interessanter machen.