symmetry magazine

dimensions of particle physics

dimensions of particle physics

A joint Fermilab/SLAC publication



August 2012

  • August 10, 2012
    breaking: Proposed neutrino experiment bounces back, ready to move on
    Thanks to a new phased construction plan, the proposed Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment is back on track and ready to advance to the next stage of the U.S. Department of Energy approval process.
  • August 8, 2012
    breaking: Experiment surveying large-scale clustering of matter in universe releases first data
    The Third Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-III) has issued Data Release 9 (DR9), the first public release of data from the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS). In this release BOSS, the largest of SDSS-III's four surveys, provides spectra for 535,995 newly observed galaxies, 102,100 quasars, and 116,474 stars, plus new information about objects in previous Sloan surveys (SDSS-I and II).
  • August 8, 2012
    breaking: LHCb experiment collects record amount of data
    The LHCb experiment at CERN has collect a record amount of data this year, already surpassing the amount it collected in all of 2011.
  • August 7, 2012
    breaking: Video: In the shadow of the Higgs
    If you're still unsure what all the "Higgsteria" was about, we have a new video for you.
  • August 2, 2012
    breaking: Pier Oddone to retire as Fermilab director
    The Fermi Research Alliance (FRA) Board of Directors, which manages and operates Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, announced that Fermilab Director Pier Oddone has decided to retire after eight years at the helm of America’s leading particle physics laboratory.
  • August 1, 2012
    breaking: Physicists show strengthened signals of Higgs-like particle in publications
    The CMS and ATLAS experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider released papers Tuesday confirming their earlier simultaneous, independent discovery of a particle that resembles the Standard Model Higgs boson.

July 2012

  • July 30, 2012
    breaking: Introducing... the Particle Olympics!
    With the 2012 summer Olympics underway, we at symmetry have just one question on our minds: Which particle would win which Olympic event?
  • July 27, 2012
    breaking: Fermilab deputy director judges Google Science Fair
    On July 23, Fermilab Deputy Director Young-Kee Kim joined 14 other scientists, science journalists and industry executives to judge the Google Science Fair in Palo Alto, California.
  • July 27, 2012
    breaking: Physics doo-wop group's last stand
    At their final performance on July 21, it was apparent that the members of Les Horribles Cernettes, a physics-themed doo-wop group, loved every proton of the more than 500 people that packed the annual Hardronic Music Festival at CERN.
  • July 26, 2012
    breaking: Endeavour crew members visit CERN to commemorate year of AMS
    Five U.S. astronauts spoke at CERN Wednesday to celebrate a year of data-collection by the largest experiment in space.
  • July 24, 2012
    breaking: A little light (or rather, massive) Higgs music
    Thanks to a few creative scientists, the recent discovery of a Higgs-like particle is music to more than just particle physicists’ ears.
  • July 23, 2012
    breaking: Precious cargo: Dark matter experiment set to move underground
    For the past two years, COUPP-4, a 4-kilogram bubble chamber experiment, has searched for signs of dark matter a mile underground at SNOLAB in Sudbury, Ontario. Now that experiment is about to get company – its big brother is moving in.
  • July 20, 2012
    breaking: Department of Energy advances Fermilab’s Mu2e experiment
    Last week, Fermilab’s planned Mu2e experiment passed the second step of the Department of Energy's five-step approval process, only about a month after the DOE’s initial review.
  • July 20, 2012
    breaking: Most sensitive dark-matter detector constrains search for WIMPs
    The XENON collaboration announced this week that they detected no signs of potential dark matter particles during the last 13 months. Their results will be used to narrow the search for the unseen particles that scientists think make up most of the matter in the universe.
  • July 18, 2012
    breaking: Large Synoptic Survey Telescope nears final design phase
    The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope just received another boost. The National Science Foundation announced today that it will advance the giant telescope to the final design stage.
  • July 18, 2012
    breaking: Decision time: Vote for your favorite Higgs
    Vote for your three favorites from a selection of the many impressive entries we received. Your top choices will appear in a gallery in the August issue of symmetry.
  • July 16, 2012
    breaking: DOE facilities receive praise from Republicans and Democrats alike
    In a strong showing of bipartisan support, both Republican and Democrat members of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment offered robust praise for the U.S. Department of Energy national scientific facilities at a hearing last month.
  • July 13, 2012
    breaking: Dark-matter experiment moves underground
    Sanford Lab celebrates the arrival of the LUX dark-matter experiment deep inside a former mine in South Dakota with today’s live broadcast of the public radio program “Innovation” from LUX’s new home at SURF, and tomorrow’s Sanford Lab science festival.
  • July 11, 2012
    breaking: Physicist by day, soul man by night
    This Sunday, guitarist Charlie Wayne played for a crowd of about 10,000 with his up-and-coming Chicago soul band. The next morning, he went back to his day job at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, where he investigates the cosmos – and answers to his given name, Dan Hooper.
  • July 10, 2012
    breaking: Google Science Fair winner visits CERN during Higgs week
    Google Science Fair winner Shree Bose could not have picked a better time to visit CERN. She was there from June 27 to July 4, the day scientists there announced the discovery of a Higgs-like boson.