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

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May 2017

AMVA4NewPhysics: Fully-Armed and Operational!

by Giles Strong

Just in time for our 4th all-network workshop, the AMVA4NewPhysics ITN reached full capacity with the addition of the two final ESRs, Seng (Munich) and Ioanna (Athens). The aforementioned workshop was hosted by the University of Oviedo, itself a recent addition to network, and organised by our outreach officer, Pietro, who did Continue reading “AMVA4NewPhysics: Fully-Armed and Operational!”

Art & Science 4: Canvas Installation

by the AMVA4NewPhysics press office

Chiara Cattelan and Lorenzo Banchieri, two students of Liceo Marco Foscarini in Venice, are the authors of the work presented in this post, which along with the others presented in the former posts partecipates in the artistic contest for the EPS 2017 conference, organized by the EU project “CREATIONS” and sponsored by our network.

The two young artists have conceived an installation made up by two canvases set up back to back, representing a particle collision at the LHC from two different viewing angles – the one at the scale of the detector, which is Continue reading “Art & Science 4: Canvas Installation”

Art & Science 3: The Universe Between My Fingers

by the AMVA4NewPhysics press office

Today Ivan Bianchi, professor of Contemporary art at the University of Padova, visited along with the AMVA4NewPhysics network coordinator the Liceo “Marco Foscarini” in Venice, to assess the status of the projects produced by the students for the “Arte & Scienza” contest.

The project has been described previously. In a nutshell, it foresees artistic work by high-school students, inspured by high-energy Continue reading “Art & Science 3: The Universe Between My Fingers”

Art & Science: 2 – Simmetrie

by the AMVA4NewPhysics press office

This is the second installment of a series of posts that will publish the results of artistic work by high-school students of three schools in Venice, who participate in a contest and exposition connected to the initiative “Art and Science across Italy“, an initiative of the network CREATIONS, funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the EU.

The AMVA4NewPhysics network is sponsoring and directing the artistic production in Venice, which has taken place at Liceo Stefanini, Liceo Foscarini, Continue reading “Art & Science: 2 – Simmetrie”

Art & Science: 1 – “Sub-Lime”

by the AMVA4NewPhysics press office

This is the first of a series of posts that will publish the results of artistic work by high-school students of three schools in Venice, who participate in a contest and exposition connected to the initiative “Art and Science across Italy“, an initiative of the network CREATIONS, funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the EU.

The AMVA4NewPhysics network is sponsoring and directing the artistic production in Venice, which has taken place at Liceo Stefanini, Liceo Foscarini, Continue reading “Art & Science: 1 – “Sub-Lime””

Workshop in Oviedo

by Tommaso Dorigo

For the first time, all the 10 Early-Stage Researchers hired by our ITN network got together, to attend the fourth all-network workshop. This was organized by the Outreach Officer Pietro Vischia in the University of Oviedo. Along with the network workshop, a Roostats tutorial is taking place as we speak in the Facultad de Ciencias.

It was very nice to see these young women (4) and men (6) showcasing their recent results on a number of attractive and cutting-edge topics Continue reading “Workshop in Oviedo”

Practical Tools of the Improvised Speaker

by Tommaso Dorigo

Yesterday I visited the Liceo “Benedetti” of Venice, where 40 students are preparing their artwork for a project of communicating science with art that will culminate in an exhibit at the Palazzo del Casinò of the Lido of Venice, during the Continue reading “Practical Tools of the Improvised Speaker”

Work, life, and a future-proof skill set

by Giles Strong

The other day I attended a seminar given by an alumna of my university. She’d studied a master’s in physics before leaving academia and going into the IT industry and the title of her presentation was “College to Corporate”.

She began with a quick overview of how she got to where she was and what her current life was like; how she worked with teams around the world and travelled frequently, all the while looking after her three children. Continue reading “Work, life, and a future-proof skill set”

Recasting new physics searches at the LHC

The AMVA4NewPhysics work package I am involved in is related to developing tools for recasting new physics searches, with a particular focus on multivariate analyses. I would like to explain a little more about it in this article.
Let me begin by describing the motivation to look for new physics at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Despite the fact that the Standard Model (SM) of particle physics is very successful at describing most properties of elementary particles, there are many reasons to believe that nature is much more complicated and there is new physics, or physics beyond the Standard Model (BSM). Firstly, there is the hierarchy problem that asks why the electroweak scale or the Higgs mass, 125 GeV can be so light compared to the cutoff scale of the SM, the Planck scale if there is no BSM physics, which is 17 orders of magnitude larger than the electroweak scale. The Higgs mass is unprotected by any symmetry in the SM, and the quantum corrections to its mass are proportional to the cutoff scale. One requires an extreme fine tuning to keep the Higgs boson light while renormalizing the quantum effects, which seems to be totally unnatural. Secondly, as explained previously, there exists dark matter, which is thought by many to be a new type of elementary particle. For these and many other motivations, people are excited at the prospects of discovering BSM physics at the LHC.

Continue reading “Recasting new physics searches at the LHC”

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