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from CERN: LHC sets world record beam intensity

28 April 2011 Geneva, 22 April 2011. Around midnight this night CERN’s Large Hadron Collider set a new world record for beam intensity at a hadron collider when it collided beams with a luminosity of 4.67 × 1032 cm-2s-1. This exceeds the previous world record of 4.024 × 1032 cm-2s-1, which was set by the US Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory’s Tevatron collider in 2010, and marks an important milestone in LHC commissioning. Read the CERN press release. Category: Feature | Tagged: ,

The sound of accelerator cavities

| 21 April 2011 Elegant and inexpensive, the second-sound detection system developed at Cornell University helps scientists triangulate the location of hard-to-see accelerator cavity flaws. Helium helps. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

Seamless cavity performance

| 7 April 2011 Fermilab and Jefferson Lab redouble efforts on hydroformed cavities through R&D and industrialisation. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

KEK continues to work for the ILC

| 7 April 2011 Atsuto Suzuki, director general of KEK in Tsukuba, Japan, states that despite the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on 11 March, no changes have been made to KEK’s ILC-related plans. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , ,

A day in a particle physicist’s shoes

| 31 March 2011 March is particle hunting season for more than 8,000 students who participated in the International Hands on Particle Physics Masterclasses. And this year features a premiere: they analyse real high-energy proton collisions from 2010’s events at the Large Hadron Collider. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , ,

Physics slam has real impact

| 31 March 2011 Eugene, Oregon played host to the first-ever physics slam in the United States. By all accounts, it was a runaway success. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , ,

KEK earthquake report

| 17 March 2011 As many people in the world already know, Japan is currently dealing with its worst disaster: Japan's biggest earthquake on record and the fourth largest in history. Thousands of lives have been lost. Tens of thousands people are forced to evacuate and live without basic necessities. Hundreds of thousands are still missing. Category: Feature | Tagged: , ,

A scientist’s report on the earthquake and KEK’s accelerator test facility

| 17 March 2011 A huge 9.0-magnitude earthquake descended on us at about 14:46 on 11 March 2011 Japan standard time. The ATF (accelerator test facility) was operating for ATF2 beam-tuning and we were going to have a background study for the interaction point beam size monitor. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , , ,

From Symmetry Magazine: Global from the get-go?

10 March 2011 Experiments in particle physics have decades of experience as thoroughly international collaborations. Can the giant accelerators that power these experiments make the leap to go global as well? The global physics community has kept the lessons of the Superconducting Super Collider and the LHC in mind while planning for the next international accelerator project. This time, countries are working together from the beginning and physicists have already demonstrated this attitude in developing future accelerators. Read more in Symmetry Magazine. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , , ,

European detector experts join in the AIDA chorus

| 3 March 2011 European accelerator and detector sciences kick off the AIDA project, a four-year plan that will allow easier coordination and collaboration among the continent's particle physics institutes. Category: Feature | Tagged: , ,
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