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Anomaly! Now Available As E-Book

by Tommaso Dorigo

Today I would like to mention that my book “Anomaly! Collider Physics and the Quest for New Phenomena at Fermilab” is now available for purchase as E-Book at its World Scientific site.
For the occasional readers and the absent-minded regulars, below I paste a summary of what the book is about, the endorsements it received from distinguished scientists in the field, and a few links to reviews in internet resources. The web site of the book at World Scientific is here. At the WS site you Continue reading “Anomaly! Now Available As E-Book”

Tagging and probing

by Alexander Held

The winter conferences are approaching, where both ATLAS and CMS are aiming to show their latest scientific results with the data gathered in the last year. 2016 saw a huge increase in the size of this dataset, which results in a drastic increase in sensitivity to some of the phenomena we are searching for. A large amount of work goes into understanding this data and ensuring that the models we are Continue reading “Tagging and probing”

At school again – outreach event in Venice

by Alessia Saggio

I am back again in Lausanne for my third secondment foreseen by the AMVA4NewPhysics network after one week spent in Italy to attend a Soft-Skill workshop (Giles and Fabricio already talked about it in the last posts on this blog) and to give a conference to some high school students about the Higgs boson discovery at CERN.

As pointed out by Tommaso in this post, this year some students are involved in a very interesting project that aims at combining together art and Continue reading “At school again – outreach event in Venice”

Language and communication

by Giles Strong

An Englishman, two Italians, a Spaniard, a German, a Pole, and a Venezuelan walk into to a bar; the barman looks over and exclaims “What is this, some kind of European research-network?”

I’d been drafting a similar post to this a few months ago, but without a central point, it felt a bit flat and I never published it. But with seven of the ESRs from our network gathered in one place for a workshop in communication skills, I might finally Continue reading “Language and communication”

Padova: What to Expect

by Fabricio Jimenez

The time for my first secondment is about to arrive and I have to say that reading previous stories in this blog has set the bar high for this new experience. We are aiming to start a collaborative work between my lab at Blaise Pascal University and the Statistics Department at the University of Padova (UNIPD), with two secondments planned: mine during next February in Padova and Greg’s here in Clermont-Ferrand in a Continue reading “Padova: What to Expect”

New Decay Of Lambda_b Seen By LHCb!

by Tommaso Dorigo

The so-called Lambda_b baryon is a well-studied particle nowadays, with several experiments having measured its main production properties and decay modes in the course of the past two decades. It is a particle made of quarks: three of them, like the proton and the neutron. Being electrically neutral, it is easily likened to the neutron, which has a quark composition “udd”. In the space of quark configurations, the Lambda_b is in fact obtained by exchanging a down-type Continue reading “New Decay Of Lambda_b Seen By LHCb!”

A Slow-Motion Particle Collision

by Tommaso Dorigo

Lubos Motl published the other day in his crazily active blog a very nice new review of “Anomaly! Collider Physics and the Quest for New Phenomena at Fermilab“. The review is authored by Tristan du Pree, a colleague of mine who has worked in CMS until very recently – now he moved to a new job and changed to ATLAS! (BTW  thanks Lubos, and thanks Tristan!)

I liked a lot Tristan’s commentary of my work, and since he mentions with quite appreciative terms the slow-motion description of a peculiar collision I offer in my book, I figured I’d paste that below. But before I do that, let Continue reading “A Slow-Motion Particle Collision”

Italian Universities Evolution

by Greg Kotkowski

The university of Padova is one of the oldest universities in Europe and I’m proud to be its member. It was established in 1222 and the heritage of this almost 800 year long history is visible everywhere. However in the nearby region there are universities in Bologna, Parma or Modena with even longer history.

I was curious how the education system in Italy was developing over the time. Certainly I could visit the Department Historical Sciences in Padova and ask the professors but it is much more fun for Continue reading “Italian Universities Evolution”

Art and Science: Outreach in Venice

by Tommaso Dorigo

In a few days, students from five high schools in Venice will be lectured on particle physics, the Higgs boson, the giant detectors of today’s colliders, and will be treated with pictures and graphs aimed at stimulating their artistic vein.

This initiative, which is part of the “CREATIONS” EU project, is carried out by personnel of the AMVA4NewPhysics network – another EU project, the one I am coordinating since 2015. The idea is that students of the third and fourth year of high school spend the months of February through May creating artwork inspired by particle physics. The best of these works will be exposed during EPS 2017, the international conference that takes place this July in the Lido of Venice.

Continue reading “Art and Science: Outreach in Venice”

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