Tag archive: CERN

New CALICE calorimeter sees beam

| 31 May 2018 Particle physics will always need calorimeters, so particle physicists are always trying to optimise, tweak and update their calorimeter systems for the best possible measurements. The CALICE collaboration plays a leading role in this, and their most recent prototype for a hadronic calorimeter has just been completed and is now at CERN for a round of tests in the test beam. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Working together on Linear Collider software tools

and | 14 December 2017 In order to understand particles you need the right software. Analysing the functionality of your detector, predicting how particles interact and how they move through the detector parts and reconstructing what happened during a collision all depend on the right software. This software isn’t available in app or play stores – if you want it, you have to write it yourself. The linear collider community has recently brought its software up to scratch. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , , , , , ,

Gotta catch them all – and fast

| 22 July 2016 Silicon detectors play a crucial role in particle detectors, both present experiment at the LHC and future experiments like the ILC. More than 80 calorimeter and silicon tracking experts attended a dedicated workshop on high-granularity silicon devices, held last month in Hamburg. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , , , , ,

Tunnel visions for civil engineers

| 7 July 2016 A delegation from the Japan Society of Civil Engineers including its president took to Europe last month to have a look at civil engineering project for large science facilities. They visited CERN and DESY to look at past and current building projects, which they would use as a reference in case ILC is constructed in Japan. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , ,


7 July 2016 Better together: For the first time two technological prototypes of the high-granularity calorimeters for a future ILC detector tested together with particle beams at CERN in a combined mode. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , , , , ,

Higgs anniversary pizza

7 July 2016 The anniversary of the announcement of the Higgs discovery (which happened on 4 July 2012) was hard to miss at CERN this year. People braced waiting times of more than 30 minutes to have a taste of discovery: the specially created Higgs pizza! Two shoots of asparagus (proton beams) collide in the middle of the pizza to create a Higgs boson that then decays. For carnivores, the chorizo Higgs decays into two two high-energy photons made of salami alongside some charged ham and neutral olive particles; vegetarians ate the decay of a tomato Higgs into four pepper muons. Category: Image of the week | Tagged: , ,

German particle physics community gives “strongest support” to ILC

| 26 May 2016 It may feel like only yesterday that the update of the European Strategy for Particle Physics was adopted, but preparations for a new one, planned for 2018/19, are already underway. Germany has now published its first conclusions from a workshop on future electron-positron colliders that are very supportive of the ILC. Category: Image of the week | Tagged: , , , , , ,

Directors from major particle physics labs meet Japanese journalists

| 10 March 2016 On 26 February, members of the ICFA gathered in a conference room in Tokyo, Japan, for the press conference, explaining the status of accelerator science in the world. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , , , ,

Unplugged: new magnet concept could lower CLIC’s power bill

| 3 March 2016 Spirits lifted by a motivating talk by CERN's new Director-General, scientists attending the recent CLIC workshop say that there’s a lot that’s happening in the world of the Compact Linear Collider study. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , , ,

ARUP tool shortlisted for prestigious prize

| 11 February 2016 Remember the ingenious civil engineering tool that British consultancy ARUP has developed for CERN's FCC and that is also being used for site-specific planning of the ILC? That thing where you can play around with shafts, tunnels and rock formations without leaving your desk? It's been shortlisted for a prestigious award, so keep your fingers crossed. Category: Image of the week | Tagged: , , , , ,
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