A few years ago, back when I was a Summer Student at CERN, me and other physics students had some debate on the origins of the word “hysteresis.” We were just coming back from CinéTransat – an open-air cinema at La Perle du Lac park in Geneva, and having a random chat until Sabina jokingly accused Josefa of being hysteric, for a reason I can’t remember right now. From there, they started a discussion on how the word “hysteric” was related to “uterus” (at some point in the past, hysteria was defined as a psychological disorder related to the organ), and to “hysterectomy” (the removal Continue reading “On the origins of “hysteresis””
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”
How do you get the general public interested in physics? How do you show in an accessible way why and how you do physics? How do you convince youngsters to study physics? These are all non-trivial questions, which many physicists have posed themselves when trying to reach out to the general public. Ultimately, their goal is to transmit Continue reading “Teaching and Reaching Out to Latin America”
This short post is to advertise the CERN Latin American School of High Energy Physics (CLASHEP) 2017 in Mexico. The deadline for applications is the upcoming 18th of November. Continue reading “CERN Latin American School of High Energy Physics 2017”
This time I’m going to write about the ways of approaching general searches for new phenomena. I invite you to read my previous post to get some context, if you haven’t already. The essence of such searches is to explore as many signatures as possible, without assuming any model of new physics. But how does one do that?
During my last visit to CERN, I had the chance to meet in person for the first time Continue reading “Approaching General Searches, part I”
Hi again! So, this time I’m going to tell you about two ideas which are fairly new to me but nonetheless interesting (and, I think, closely related): General searches for new phenomena at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and Black Swan events. Continue reading “General Searches and Black Swans at the LHC”
Hello there! My name is Fabricio Jiménez and this is my first post in this blog. I have just started my doctoral studies at Université Blaise Pascal in Clermont-Ferrand (France) and am thrilled to take part in the AMVA4NewPhysics Innovative Training Network as an Early Stage Researcher for the next three years. The subject of my thesis will be within a general search for new physics, using statistical learning tools to analyze data taken by the ATLAS experiment at the LHC. Continue reading “Bonjour le monde !”