Welcome back, PCMAG!

PCMAG arrives for a fundamental overhaul at KEK

by Rika Takahashi

The superconducting magnet PCMAG came back to KEK on 10 August after four years of use in an experiment at the DESY test beam facility.

PCMAG, which stands for persistent-current superconducting magnet, will be upgraded to be a coolant-free magnet.


from CERN: LHC experiments present latest results at Mumbai conference

Results from the ATLAS and CMS collaborations, presented at the biennial Lepton-Photon conference in Mumbai, India, show that the elusive Higgs particle, if it exists, is running out of places to hide.

Director's Corner

Thank you, ILC, too!

This week's issue features a Director's Corner from Peter H. Garbincius, recent Global Design Effort Cost Manager

by Peter Garbincius

GDE Cost Manager Peter Garbincius bids a fond farewell to the International Linear Collider collaboration.

Video of the week

ASACUSA to precisely measure antiproton mass

Video: CERN

CERN scientists and a group at Max Planck Institute in Munich are together working on ASACUSA, a new experiment that uses antiprotonic helium atoms to more precisely measure the mass of the antiproton.

In the News

  • from Iwate Nippo
    23 August 2011
    The government has included the ILC in Japan’s outline for basic science and technology, a 5-year national science and technology plan from 2011, as one of the recovery measures from the earthquake.
  • from Nature
    22 August 2011
    The Higgs boson, the most sought-after particle in all of physics, is proving tougher to find than physicists had hoped.
  • from symmetry breaking
    22 August 2011
    Two experimental collaborations at the Large Hadron Collider, located at CERN laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland, announced today that they have significantly narrowed the mass region in which the Higgs boson could be hiding.
  • from BBC News
    22 August 2011
    Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider say a signal that suggested they might have seen “hints” of the long-sought Higgs boson particle has weakened.
  • from Reuters
    22 August 2011
    Scientists chasing a particle they believe may have played a vital role in creation of the universe indicated on Monday they were coming to accept it might not exist after all.
  • from Physics Viewpoint
    22 August 2011
    The most interesting Majorana fermions that are predicted to appear in materials are zero-dimensional bound states confined to live on various types of topological defects. In a paper published in Physical Review Letters, Pavan Hosur and collaborators from the University of California, Berkeley, predict that these bound states are found in the vortices of the superconductor CuxBi2Se3.
  • from The Daily Californian
    21 August 2011
    Berkeley lab researchers, collaborating with 250 physicists and engineers worldwide to form the China-based Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment, are working to decipher specific properties of neutrinos in order to answer questions about how they function through time and space.
  • from Fermilab Today
    19 August 2011
    A new experiment planned at Fermilab will allow researchers to peer into the sub-atomic world of virtual particles and resolve a decade old mystery. The Fermilab muon g-2 experiment will use an intense beam of muons, short-lived particles that are similar to electrons but 200 times heavier.