symmetry magazine

dimensions of particle physics

dimensions of particle physics

A joint Fermilab/SLAC publication



July 2012

June 2012

  • June 29, 2012
    breaking: What does it take to claim discovery of the Higgs?
    If the Higgs exists, why has discovering it taken so long – and why, if no definitive discovery is announced next week, might it continue to take even longer?
  • June 28, 2012
    breaking: Scientists discover that Milky Way was struck some 100 million years ago, still rings like a bell
    Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is a large spiral galaxy surrounded by dozens of smaller satellite galaxies. Scientists have long theorized that occasionally these satellites will pass through the disk of the Milky Way, perturbing both the satellite and the disk. A team of astronomers from Canada and the United States have discovered what may well be the smoking gun of such an encounter, one that occurred close to our position in the galaxy and relatively recently, at least in the cosmological sense.
  • June 26, 2012
    breaking: The unreasonable Tevatron: Calculating the economic impact of basic science
    During a recent symposium at Fermilab, a speaker took the stage to defend government investment in basic science. He used an odd tactic: He called particle physics unreasonable.
  • June 20, 2012
    breaking: Guests take a peek inside Tevatron experiments
    In connection with a symposium celebrating the Tevatron, Fermilab scientists gave special tours of the collider's two experiments. A reporter from Naperville Community Television Channel 17 took the opportunity to visit the detectors and filed this report.
  • June 19, 2012
    breaking: New “particle physics Bible” released
    Every two years, the international Particle Data Group releases a new edition of The Review of Particle Physics. The 2012 edition, which runs over 1,400 pages long, was released online today.
  • June 18, 2012
    breaking: BaBar data may hint at new physics
    A new crack in the Standard Model may be starting to form. Recently analyzed data from the BaBar experiment show that one type of particle decay happens more often than predicted by the Standard Model.
  • June 15, 2012
    breaking: 99 things to do at TRIUMF physics laboratory
    Over a couple of months in late 2011, the two communication interns, along with TRIUMF web publishing coordinator Jennifer Gagné, created “99 Things You Can Do At TRIUMF,” a video to give the non-initiated a peek into the lab life.
  • June 14, 2012
    breaking: High-energy X-ray telescope lifts off
    In a scene straight out of a James Bond film, NASA’s newest high-energy telescope launched into orbit yesterday after being dropped from the underbelly of a Lockheed airplane.
  • June 12, 2012
    breaking: Beating the odds in the study of ultra-high-energy cosmic rays
    It’s a mystery where ultra-high-energy cosmic rays come from and what they’re made of. But a new technique, currently in the works, could drastically improve scientists’ chances of finding out.
  • June 8, 2012
    breaking: Neutrino velocity consistent with speed of light
    Einstein can breathe a sigh of relief – neutrinos obey the cosmic speed limit after all.
  • June 7, 2012
    breaking: Tracking neutrinos in liquid argon
    With a 2012 DOE Early Career Research Award, Fermilab scientist Geralyn “Sam” Zeller will advance liquid-argon detector technology to capture neutrinos’ attributes in unprecedented detail.
  • June 6, 2012
    breaking: OPERA observes second tau neutrino
    The OPERA collaboration announced its second observation of a tau neutrino, with strong implications for neutrino oscillation.
  • June 5, 2012
    breaking: MINOS announces key neutrino measurement
    Scientists from the MINOS experiment at Fermilab announced today the world’s most precise measurement of a key property of neutrinos. The results confirm that neutrinos and their antimatter counterparts, antineutrinos, have similar masses.
  • June 5, 2012
    breaking: EXO-200 releases first results
    To shed light on whether or not the neutrino and the antineutrino are one, the EXO-200 collaboration searches for a process that’s only possible if the neutrino and antineutrino are indeed the same. Yesterday, they released their first results: they’ve seen nothing. And that's not a bad thing.
  • June 4, 2012
    breaking: June issue of symmetry now online
    This month, symmetry brings the Standard Model to life explaining the importance of the muon, describes a promising new tool for detecting pre-cancerous tissue, catches glimpse of a cartoon character in the Tevatron tunnel, and watches a theater performance 1400 meters below ground.

May 2012

  • May 31, 2012
    breaking: Underground science lab dedicated deep in the Black Hills
    Wednesday, May 30, marked the official opening of the Davis Campus of the Sanford Underground Research Facility, 4,850 feet down in the former Homestake gold mine in Lead, South Dakota.
  • May 29, 2012
    breaking: DOE awards $2.5 million to Fermilab’s Brendan Casey
    This month, the Department of Energy’s Office of Science named Fermilab's Brendan Casey a recipient of the 2012 DOE Early Career Research Award. It will support his research on the detector technology for the Muon g-2 experiment with a total of $2.5 million over five years.
  • May 24, 2012
    breaking: Physicists, start your searches: INSPIRE database now online
    The next generation of the iconic SPIRES particle-physics database, called INSPIRE, is now online and operational, ready to serve scientists around the globe.
  • May 22, 2012
    breaking: Driving the next magnet revolution
    The Department of Energy recently presented an Early Career Award to Tengming Shen, an engineer working to spur the next magnet revolution.