symmetry magazine

dimensions of particle physics

dimensions of particle physics

A joint Fermilab/SLAC publication



June 2008

  • 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.
  • June 5, 2008
    breaking: What will be the FY09 budget?
    Dennis Kovar, acting director for High Energy Physics at the DOE Office of Science, spoke at the Fermilab Users' meeting about the FY09 budget and the new strategic plan for particle physics.
  • June 4, 2008
    breaking: Tech magnate donates another $50 million to Canada's Perimeter Institute
    Mike Lazaridis, who made a fortune developing the BlackBerry handheld device, is donating another $50 million to the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Canada. That's on top of the $100 million in personal funds he put up to found the institute in 2000. The gift will allow Perimeter to continue its current rate of expansion without drawing down its endowment.
  • June 4, 2008
    breaking: Understanding the universe is all about volume
    This afternoon cosmologist Scott Dodelson of Fermilab gave a fun talk on the evolution of the universe and how mapping the universe will provide the answers to many questions that scientists have. To make the case, he compared maps of celestial objects in the universe to maps of the population of the United States.
  • June 4, 2008
    breaking: Fermilab still in race for Higgs boson
    Reports from the Fermilab Users' meeting show that the lab is still in the race to find the Higgs boson. Physicists can now place an upper limit of 160 GeV on the Higgs mass with a 95 percent confidence level.
  • June 4, 2008
    breaking: The Cyclotron Kids on the air
    The Cyclotron Kids, a group of three teenagers attempting to build a cyclotron, will be live on Denver's 850 KOA this coming Sunday.
  • June 3, 2008
    breaking: LOST physics explained
    For all practical purposes, making an island vanish into thin air doesn't seem possible. Neither do the dead reappearing or the weird split-personality time warp. But the hit TV show LOST, makes of these things possible thanks to some fancy physics.
  • June 2, 2008
    breaking: P5 report online
    The P5 report which was presented to HEPAP last week was accepted unanimously and is now posted online (PDF).
  • June 2, 2008
    breaking: Yasaman Farzan: Young scientist builds neutrino physics in Iran
    Just four years after earning her PhD, Yasaman Farzan, winner of a Young Scientist Prize from the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, is already having an impact on the next generation of theoretical physicists in Iran.
  • June 1, 2008
    breaking: Must read: Brian Greene on the value of science
    We don't need a lot of introduction here: Just read the op-ed piece in today's New York Times by Brian Greene. He tackles the issue of why science is so much more than a subject in school that most people didn't really get into.

May 2008

  • May 30, 2008
    breaking: Will the LHC be Twitterized?
    Folks at the Large Hadron Collider have always been at the cutting edge of communication technology. But now, we regret to say, NASA has leap-frogged ahead: its newly landed MarsPhoenix is communing and answering questions from the public via Twitter.
  • May 30, 2008
    breaking: Particle physics summer schools from home
    If you're interested in getting a little deeper into some physics this summer but can't make it to one of the summer schools, why not "attend" a summer school remotely by watching along over the Web?
  • May 29, 2008
    breaking: P5 report presented to HEPAP
    The much-awaited P5 report (Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel) was presented today to HEPAP (High Energy Physics Advisory Panel).
  • May 29, 2008
    breaking: SPIRES to become INSPIRE
    By combining the successful SPIRES database with the Invenio digital library technology developed at CERN, a new service called INSPIRE will offer the functionalities and quality of service which the high-energy physics user community has grown to expect from SPIRES.
  • May 28, 2008
    breaking: Kavli astrophysics prize to Schmidt and Lynden-Bell
    The first Kavli prizes were announced today in Oslo, Norway. Fred Kavli established the prizes as a rival to the Nobel prizes but in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience. Each prize is US$1 million shared between the winners.