How tides, lakes and trains influenced measured particle masses in the Large Electron-Positron Collider at CERN, is described in a very impressive and colorful way in a citation in this wikipedia article:
Dr. Bagger on precision and the mass of the Z boson at CERN: “The experimenters found that the Z boson got heavier at certain times of the day. This was a very high-precision experiment. They discovered that the patterns of the particle getting heavier corresponded to the tides. The gravitational adjustments due to tides slightly changed the shape of the collider over the course of the day. After adjusting for tidal effects, they found that the Z boson was heavier in spring and lighter in fall. This was because there’s a lake in Geneva near the detector, that is drained in Fall to make room for the spring snow-melt. So the bigger lake in the Spring was making the particle heavier. After correcting for both of these factors, they found that the particle got suddenly heavier multiple times during the day, at the same times. This was because a train runs near the detector whose electromagnetic fields were disturbing the experiment. This is how precise the experiment was.”
That’s cool. But, does anyone have a real reference for this quote? Who is “Dr. Bagger”?