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Particle Physics

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”

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”

Physics Comes From Φύσις

by Tommaso Dorigo

This week I am in Pisa, where I have spent three days to discuss the status and the funding of accelerator-based experiments within the “first national scientific committee” of INFN. Yesterday all coordinators also met for dinner in a good fish restaurant. The discussion never departed much from physics, but it was certainly more relaxed and casual.

One thing that I heard reported by a colleague who has the pulse of public engagement in INFN was that the last “N” in my institute’s acronym causes sometimes a preconceived negative attitude in laypersons who hear Continue reading “Physics Comes From Φύσις”

Muon G-2: The Anomaly That Could Change Physics

by Tommaso Dorigo

Do you remember the infamous “g-2” measurement ? The anomalous magnetic moment of the muon has been for over a decade in the agenda of HEP physicists, both as a puzzle and as a hope for good things to come.

Ever since the Brookhaven laboratories estimated the quantity at a value over 3 standard deviations away from the equally precise theoretical predictions, the topic (could the discrepancy be due to new physics??) has been commonplace in dinner table conversations among HEP physicists.

Similarly, no self-respected “global fit” of standard model observable quantities or scan of allowed parameter space of supersymmetric theories Continue reading “Muon G-2: The Anomaly That Could Change Physics”

Art and Science 6: Particle Garbage

by the AMVA4NewPhysics press office

Continuing the series of posts displaying artwork by high-school students of the Venice area, the pictures below illustrate a work done by Francesco Barbato,  Asia Colmagro, and Alice Sanguin, students of the Liceo “Marco Foscarini”.

The students devised a slightly critical work, which is well described in a few sentences they put together in a flyer they produced along with Continue reading “Art and Science 6: Particle Garbage”

Art & Science 5: From Galileo to the Higgs Boson

by the AMVA4NewPhysics press office

The fifth artwork presented here for the series “Art & Science” (see previous posts for more details of this art contest, connected to the EPS 2017 conference) is actually titled “Toward the Boson and Beyond”. It is the result of collaboration of three students of the Liceo Marco Foscarini in Venice: Chiara Chiapatti, Micol Zhu, and Ludovica Violato. The students designed and realized a way to imagine a particle collision using a telescope. You thus get to literally immerse yourself in the beam pipe Continue reading “Art & Science 5: From Galileo to the Higgs Boson”

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, one representing a LHC detector 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”

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