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Charmed, I’m sure!

There are many sides to being a physicist, some of them are good, and some bad. Recently I’ve had the chance to experience the three best reasons to be a research physicist, and they are discovery, collaboration and travel. Recently, … Continue reading Continue reading

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Bump hunting

Every now and then physics experiments surprise us with something unexpected. Today, CMS, a competing experiment, announced such a result [1], a “bump” in their distributions. Bumps are very exciting in particle physics, because they are usually easy to identify, … Continue reading Continue reading

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The life of Nicola Cabibbo

Nicola Cabibbo [1] The CERN flags flying at half mast in honor of Cabibbo. Earlier this week, Nicola Cabibbo passed away. The flags at CERN were lowered to half mast. Around the world people were discussing this man’s life and … Continue reading Continue reading

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Beautiful physics

Every now and then one of the many graphs that we make on a daily basis turns out to look very beautiful. Unfortunately the way images are rendered on the internet detracts from the beauty of the following image, but … Continue reading Continue reading

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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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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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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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