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AMVA4NewPhysics

A Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN funded by the Horizon2020 program of the European Commission

AMVA4NewPhysics: A Success Story

by Tommaso Dorigo

As I write this, I have on my desk a pile of brochures that INFN and the University of Padova Department of Physics and Astronomy have produced in the context of the program “Europe in my region”.

Thanks to the work, among others, of our press office coordinator Sabine Hemmer, these brochures are real nice booklets in the end. They will be distributed during the “Researchers’ Night” next Friday, September 29, in the context of the large number of initiatives that will take place in Padova – and to which will contribute the members of our network Martino dall’Osso and Pablo de Castro, who will man the INFN stand in the center of Padova.

What do these brochures contain? They describe the dozens of European Projects and Research in Physics and Astronomy that is partly funded by EU initiatives. Each main project takes one page – so AMVA4NewPhysics Continue reading “AMVA4NewPhysics: A Success Story”

Astro@stats Workshop

by Greg Kotkowski

On Friday, September 8 th I attended a Sino-Italian workshop on astrostatistics organized at the Department of Statistical Sciences in Padova. It touched current topics at the interface between Astronomy, Physics and Statistics. At a first glance, I was surprised by the similarity of the research topics that are faced across different fields of science. Often the main difference lays only in the data and the assumptions of the underlying data generating process. Continue reading “Astro@stats Workshop”

First CMS Physics Object School in Bari

by Ioanna Papavergou

One of the best parts of being a physics PhD student is having the chance to broaden your knowledge by attending seminars and schools especially designed for helping you to be more efficient in your research. I was fortunate to have such an opportunity by attending the first CMS Physics Object School (POS) which took place from September 4th to 8th in Bari, Italy. Continue reading “First CMS Physics Object School in Bari”

CT-PPS Detector Alignment

by Giles Strong

Continuing on from my last post, in which I described part of the service work I am doing in the CMS experiment, I’ll now give an overview of the second project I work on, which takes place in the context of the CT-PPS sub-detector of the CMS experiment.

CT-PPS, located on both sides of the main bulk of CMS some 200 metres from the interaction point, stands for CMS-TOTEM Precision Proton Spectrometer. The experiment is a joint project Continue reading “CT-PPS Detector Alignment”

A Narrow Escape

by Tommaso Dorigo

If I am alive, I probably owe it to my current very good physical shape.

That does not mean I narrowly escaped a certain death; rather, it means that if I had been slower there are good chances I would have got hit by lightning, under arduous conditions, at 4300 meters of altitude.

So, after this dramatic introduction, I hope I have hooked as many of you as possible, and I can start from the beginning the tale of what was meant to be a half-day excursion with no particular ambitions. I am spending a week in Quito, Ecuador, where I have been lecturing graduate students in astro-particle Continue reading “A Narrow Escape”

Home birth

by Greg Kotkowski

Two weeks ago I was honoured to become a father for the second time. My wife happily gave birth to our first son. I was deeply moved by this emotional moment. For a long time to come I’ll have memories of my wife relaxing with a newborn in a swimming pool in the middle of our living room. Continue reading “Home birth”

What could you do in a low-cost flight?

by Pablo de Castro

This post is the result of a self-imposed free-writing exercise while crossing on a plane, therefore it differs in format and content from my previous compositions. My aim was to write what I was thinking, without editing or overthinking. Here you go!

Continue reading “What could you do in a low-cost flight?”

My first weeks at CERN

by Ioanna Papavergou

It has already been almost 2 months since I arrived at CERN, but it certainly feels like a week. Being in such an interesting place, surrounded by some of the smartest people in the world, is a unique and inspiring feeling for a young researcher like myself. I was also lucky enough to be able to have the opportunity to visit CERN in the beginning of my PhD, which greatly helped me to integrate to the CMS experiment. Continue reading “My first weeks at CERN”

Tau Identification At CMS With Neural Networks

by Giles Strong

Both the CMS and ATLAS collaborations are pretty vast, with around 5000 qualified scientist between them, and even more members working towards qualification. Everyone listed as ‘qualified’ will be listed as an author on any publication the collaboration produces, regardless of who actually did the major work for the analysis. Continue reading “Tau Identification At CMS With Neural Networks”

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