symmetry magazine

dimensions of particle physics

dimensions of particle physics

A joint Fermilab/SLAC publication



June 2008

  • June 25, 2008
    breaking: The birth of Free Electron Lasers
    Continuing with the APS milestone series celebrating 20th century achievements in physics, the 1976 milestone includes two letters that together detail the first experimental demonstration of a working free electron laser (FEL), in which a beam of unbound electrons is made to travel through a periodic magnetic field and generate a beam of light.
  • June 24, 2008
    breaking: Can you hear me now?
    In a large laboratory with facilities built in tunnels underground, how do people communicate on the job? SLAC intern Calla Cofield discovers how radio transmission works underground and above.
  • June 23, 2008
    breaking: The twisted physics of cartoons and anime
    Who said laws of physics don't apply in anime and cartoons? They just don't follow our laws!
  • June 20, 2008
    breaking: The Large Hadron Collider is safe
    CERN today issued an update of their safety report for the LHC as part of an LHC status update. The safety report reaffirms and extends the conclusions of the 2003 report: that the LHC collisions present no danger and there is no reason for concern.
  • June 19, 2008
    breaking: Are the laws of physics the same throughout the universe?
    Observations of a quasar about 6 billion light years from Earth have shown that one of the fundamental properties of physics is the same there as here.
  • June 19, 2008
    breaking: Crash-testing a chiller
    Particle physicists have the reputation that they need to smash things up in order to find out what they are about. Sometimes accelerator physicists get to smash stuff up, too: a group of engineers and technicians recently crash-tested a full cryomodule.
  • June 18, 2008
    breaking: Wine label science
    No, it's not an academic study of what it takes to market a wine successful using scientific measures and metrics. This is merely a place for us to collect science-themed wine labels we've seen around the place. If you have a wine label to add, let us know (and send us a pic).
  • June 17, 2008
    breaking: A monument befitting a particle
    The Egyptians built pyramids to honor their pharaohs. The Greeks built temples to honor their gods. So why shouldn't particle physicists construct office buildings (even if virtually) to honor the prize of their scientific quests.
  • June 16, 2008
    breaking: For women in physics, the pipeline is a labyrinth
    Physicist Patricia Rankin asserts that there is no glass ceiling nor a leaky career pipeline that blocks women's advances to the top levels of physics. No, the situation is much more complicated, she said at an April networking luncheon for women in physics.
  • June 13, 2008
    breaking: A new way to measure neutrinos
    The rate at which certain unstable atoms decay can be affected by neutrino mixing, according to a recent experiment. The process could provide physicists with a new way of measuring neutrinos.
  • June 12, 2008
    breaking: Fermilab takes stage in The Da Vinci Code-like physics thriller
    In Mark Alpert's book Final Theory released June 3, he mixes abbreviated particle physics lessons, with action-packed shoot outs and car chases as he explains a the attempt by a history of science professor to piece together Einstein's secret theory. Evil-doers race the professor to find the former students and mathematical equations of the theory to use it to build the most powerful weapon the world has ever seen. The two quests collide at the United States' premier high-energy physics laboratory, Fermilab.
  • June 11, 2008
    breaking: GLAST launch successful
    The Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope, or GLAST, successfully launched aboard a Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 12:05 p.m. EDT today.
  • June 11, 2008
    breaking: GLAST launch: live blogging
    GLAST has successfully launched and you can read our live blogging of the launch.
  • June 10, 2008
    breaking: GLASTcasts: Whet your appetite for tomorrow's launch
    You can watch the launch on NASA TV via streaming video; pre-launch coverage starts at 6:45 a.m. PDT. For a taste of what the mission has in store and the excitement surrounding the launch, check out these videos.
  • June 10, 2008
    breaking: Physicists in Congress
    Today's New York Times has an interesting profile of the three physicists in the US Congress. Cornelia Dean interviewed Vern Ehlers, Rush Holt, and Bill Foster as a group about the role of scientists in Congress.
  • June 9, 2008
    breaking: Gorgeous photos of the LHC
    Time magazine has posted some beautiful and quite unusual photos of CERN, the European particle physics lab near Generva, and its Large Hadron Collider.
  • June 9, 2008
    breaking: Iran pursues the sciences
    Iran is pushing to become a leader in science research. A recent Washington Post article described a visit to Tehran by Stanford Linear Accelerator Center's Burt Richter. One of the first Young Scientist Prizes went to an Iranian woman who had spent some time working at SLAC.
  • June 6, 2008
    breaking: Particle physics creates the right path to frontiers
    The final day of the Fermilab Users' Meeting set a course to discovery with an eye to the energy, intensity, and cosmic frontiers of particle physics at Fermilab. But the course presents budget and outreach hurdles.
  • June 5, 2008
    breaking: Fermilab hears views from Washington, DC
    The particle physics community is moving in the right direction to keep the field vital, but needs to increase the momentum amidst difficult budget times. A series of talks by Washington policy makers focused on how Congress and funding agencies view particle physics and what those groups want to hear from the field in the future.
  • June 5, 2008
    breaking: CMS physicists prepare for LHC dress rehearsal
    The cooldown of the last LHC sector of superconducting magnets started at the end of May and the entire machine should be at its operating temperature of 1.9 K in July. The CMS collaboration plans to carry out its final test of its detector at the end of July using cosmic rays.