Author archive: Perrine Royole-Degieux

International forum reviews linear collider physics case

| 16 February 2012 The international community of theorists and experimentalists working on ILC and CLIC is convinced of the strong physics case for a generic linear collider. More than one hundred of them gathered at DESY last week for three days of intense discussions and review of the different physics scenarios. Two papers are now under way and will be finalised by this summer. In the meantime the input from the whole particle physics community will be very welcome. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , , ,

Light as a feather

| 8 December 2011 A group of European physicists, the PLUME collaboration, aims to prototype an ultra-light device intended to equip one of the thinnest and lightest elements at the inner heart of the ILC detectors: the vertex detector. At CERN one month ago, a full-scale prototype equipped with CMOS pixel sensors was successfully tested in beam. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , ,

“Hey Granny, what is superconductivity?”

| 1 December 2011 Granny superconductivity turns 100 this year! Learn more about "her" in the French LHC comics (BD du LHC) with Episode 1: story of a discovery and Episode 2: Gloriaaaa Conductivitaeeee, the quantum wave. Category: Image of the week | Tagged:

Spanish journey to the heart of matter

| 6 October 2011 With the news of superluminous neutrinos in the air, the residents of Granada, Spain were primed and ready to learn more about the strange world of particles from François Richard, who gave a public lecture during the week of this year’s international workshop on linear colliders. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , ,

Industry meets accelerator scientists in Spain for IPAC11

| 29 September 2011 The worldwide accelerator community gathered at San Sebastián, Spain for the second International Particle Accelerator Conference. Besides being the annual rendez-vous of accelerator scientists and engineers from around the world, it is also a very good opportunity for them to meet with the industry. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , ,

Europe launches update of strategy for particle physics

| 4 August 2011 The year 2012 will be a crucial one for particle physics. Physicists expect the Large Hadron Collider and astroparticle physics experiments to draw a clearer picture of the field so that, at the end of the year, the CERN Council could vote on an update of the European strategy for particle physics and, in this way, announce Europe’s top priorities for the five years to follow. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , , ,

A particle detector in space: interview with Maurice Bourquin from AMS

| 19 May 2011 Maurice Bourquin, emeritus professor at the University of Geneva and former president of the CERN Council, is one of the pioneer scientists from the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer Experiment collaboration. Just after the AMS-02 detector was launched, he answered ILC NewsLine’s questions about AMS history, AMS challenges, and the interplay between collider and space experiments. 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: , , ,

Georges Charpak: a revolution in particle detection

| 7 October 2010 It's hard to imagine a particle physics experiment that wouldn't use one of his concepts. Georges Charpak, Nobel Prize-winning physicist, passed away last week. Particle physicists owe him a lot, and so does the general public, since his inventions yield applications in many other fields that use ionising radiation such as biology, radiology and nuclear medicine. Category: Feature | Tagged: ,

Particle night fever in Paris

| 5 August 2010 How do you gather 2,000 Parisians and tourists in the middle of summer to talk about particle physics during a whole night? Probably following this recipe: find a magic venue, invite fascinating speakers and well-known artists, explore the frontier between science and cinema and advertise, advertise, advertise. Well, at least this is how the "Nuit des particules" – Particle Night – organised on 27 July at the Grand Rex theatre in Paris by the International Conference on High Energy Physics (ICHEP2010) this year happened to be a success. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , , , ,