Monthly Archives: July 2010

News from ICHEP

This past week has seen a thousand physicists meet at Paris for the International Conference on High Energy Physics (ICHEP), widely regarded as the most prestigious high energy physics conference in the world. After gathering millions of collisions in data, … Continue reading Continue reading

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Night Life

On the night of my last ATLAS night shift, I recorded some of the more interesting parts of getting from my temporary home in Carouge (south of downtown Geneva) to CERN. The photos and movie below tell a story of … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Microcosm

Times are changing at CERN. With the advent of the LHC the focus of the work has shifted towards the discoveries that will shape the coming decades of particle physics, including the search for the Higgs boson, understanding dark matter, … Continue reading Continue reading

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The night shift

10:45 p.m., a cluster of massive buildings marking the location of the Point 1 Control Room for the ATLAS Experiment. ATLAS is itself 90 meters below the earth. It’s 10:40 p.m. when I leave building 1, cut through a parking … Continue reading Continue reading

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Teaching isn’t just a semester thing

What DOES a professor do during the summer months? I found it amusing – and, to be fair, a bit reminiscent of my own beliefs when I was a student – that several undergraduates at SMU thought I took the … Continue reading Continue reading

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The many faces of eating at CERN

I made some promises to myself for the summer: not too much eating out, regular food shopping, and home-cooked meals. Switzerland and France are expensive places; for instance, a shopping bag containing some vegetables (a few peppers and tomatoes), fruit … Continue reading Continue reading

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Knowing the hardware

Tingting in the testbeam area. Most of the days at CERN are spent in front of a computer, meeting over coffee, or presenting talks. We manipulate data, we talk about calibrations, we discuss quantum mechanics, and we ponder the event … Continue reading Continue reading

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