Concerns have been raised on a report that an “Unidentified Laying Object” could disrupt the accelerator’s beam. Physicist Albert De Roeck, a professor at the UC Davis, California, and Antwerp, Belgium is a physicist at CERN, and the leading scientist on CMS, one of the Large Hadron Collider’s key experiments.
Here is what De Roeck has to say about the “unidentified lying object”
It will take only one significant deviation in the data to change everything,” De Roeck said. “The upgraded machine works. Now we have to get to the real operation for physics.” But work remains to be done. One issue the accelerator physicists remain cautiously aware of, he said, is an “Unidentified Lying Object” in the beam pipe of the LHC’s 17-mile underground tunnel, a vacuum tube where proton beams collide and scatter particles that scientists then analyze for keys to unlock the mysteries of the Big Bang and the cosmos.
Because the proton beam is sensitive to the geometry of the environment and can be easily blocked, the beam pipe must be free of even the tiniest amount of debris. Even something as large as a nitrogen particle could disrupt the beam. Because the beam pipe is a sealed vacuum it’s impossible to know what the “object” is.
De Roeck goes on to say…
The unidentified lying object turns out not to be a problem for the operation, it’s just something to keep an eye on, It’s in the vacuum tube and it’s not a problem if it doesn’t move and remains stable.
Just what is this “Unidentified Laying Object”, and what happens if it MOVES?