Today while I was having a shower I happened to think at how cool it is that we can actually measure the rate of production, in single hadron-hadron collisions, of multiple elementary particles. A graph like the one below, now routinely produced by ATLAS and CMS whenever they collect more data or switch to a higher center-of-mass energy, looks “natural” to produce, but it is actually surprising that we indeed can pull it off – it requred careful design choices in a number of ways. I wish to discuss one of these here.
Some time ago I participated to a TV show organized by a producer of programs for local television channels, LP network. The program is titled “Pandora’s Box” and its anchorman, Carlo Savergnago, invited me together with a high-school teacher, Paola Zocca, to discuss the Italian school system and the challenge of helping students find and enhance their natural talents.
Of course I do not consider myself an expert of that topic, but I believe I was able to give my own perspective on the matter, at least as far as the teaching of scientific disciplines is concerned. The discussion was not very deep, as the Continue reading “A TV Interview”
Hi everyone – I just got back from the 3rd AMVA4NewPhysics workshop that took place in Oxford on December 19th and 20th. I am heading back home for holidays now, but before wishing you a merry Christmas I would just like to share with you some feelings and impressions that I had about this workshop.
First of all, it was really nice for me to be back in Oxford after five months. If you followed the blog, you may know that I spent all July there to work on my first secondment and that I had a really great time. The city felt like Continue reading “About the 3rd AMVA4NP workshop (and happy new year)”
Since the beginning of October I have been in secondment at CERN. I expressed my first feelings about this complex research center in my post “CERN at first sight”. Two months have passed and my former admiration has settled down. The common days allowed me to get accustom to it and eventually I could focus on my work.
Throughout this time I have participated in numerous seminars and speeches. As I am not a physicist some of them were difficult for me to follow, but eventually Continue reading “CERN from the inside”
As I am traveling around Europe this week, giving seminars in several places (Hamburg yesterday, Berlin today, and Clermont-Ferrand on Friday) my connectivity is erratic and my capability to follow the development of data analysis and new publications is strongly lowered. My connections to the world of LHC research continues through email exchanges, though.
One thread I found in my mailbox this morning developed from a question on the use and meaning of the so-called “Brazil Bands”, a feature of Continue reading “Brazil Bands: What Are They ?”
One of the many things that physicists have to deal with on a daily basis is present their results. However, this also applies for many other professional figures, which are required to make presentations as a part of their job. Presentations always start with a subject which can be more or less interesting for the audience, but the key tool is a set of great slides. Whatever is the knowledge to be imparted or idea to be spread or result to be shared, your skills on presenting can make the Continue reading “Design your presentation”
As many of you may know, I’ve been working at B12 Consulting in Louvain-la-neuve since the end of September, and my project is about to come to an end. I still have two weeks to refine and close everything, but after spending two months and a half here, in the company of my very nice colleagues, I feel like I can give you an exhaustive report about my Continue reading “Towards the end of my internship at B12: what I’ve learned so far”
The DZERO collaboration published earlier this year a search for resonances decaying to pairs in its Run-2 dataset of 2-TeV proton-antiproton collisions, produced by the now defunct Tevatron collider in the first 10 years of this century. Starting from a sample of about 5600 B_s events, they surprisingly claimed Continue reading “Story of a Failed Resonance”