New Scientist goes behind the music to tell the real story of Manchester rocker and physics prof Andrew Murray, who figured out a new way to take atoms apart using his guitar amp:
Murray’s amplifier will never again deafen audiences: it operates inside a vacuum and so produces no sound. But it should allow his research team to learn more about the high-energy collisions caused by cosmic rays in the Earth’s upper atmosphere, he says.
It’s the way the AC magnetic coil doesn’t block electron beams while holding atoms in place. Like tweezers. The electric tweezers of rock.