symmetry magazine

dimensions of particle physics

dimensions of particle physics

A joint Fermilab/SLAC publication


day in the life

April 2014

  • April 8, 2014
    day in the life: Searching for the holographic universe
    Physicist Aaron Chou keeps the Holometer experiment—which looks for a phenomenon whose implications border on the unreal—grounded in the realities of day-to-day operations.

February 2014

  • February 20, 2014
    day in the life: Statistically significant
    Michelangelo D’Agostino taps his physics ingenuity daily as a data scientist.

December 2013

  • December 12, 2013
    day in the life: Neutrino detector block
    A close look at the assembly of the NOvA near detector reveals a massive yet meticulous process.
  • December 10, 2013
    day in the life: The scale of things
    Geoffrey West applies his ‘physics way of thinking’ to biology and urban life.

November 2013

  • November 19, 2013
    day in the life: Building NOvA
    Building particle detector parts for a new neutrino experiment gives students an edge in the post-graduation job hunt.
  • November 13, 2013
    day in the life: Scientist detects danger with physics
    Munir Muniruzzaman has used his physics know-how to help in hospitals and war zones alike.

August 2013

  • August 13, 2013
    day in the life: Fundamental forces and medicinal molecules
    Years of particle physics study helped shape immunologist Judy Lieberman’s unusual approach to protecting against devastating diseases.

July 2013

June 2013

May 2013

  • May 21, 2013
    day in the life: Face of Fermilab
    Former biology teacher Felicia Svoboda shows Fermilab visitors the ins and outs of doing science.
  • May 7, 2013
    day in the life: A knack for exploring
    With a solid grounding in physics, Thomas Humphrey shares the fun of discovery at San Francisco’s Exploratorium.

April 2013

  • April 9, 2013
    day in the life: Arturo Gomez: Life among the telescopes
    Arturo Gomez has spent more than 40 years working with visiting astronomers at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile.

March 2013

  • March 19, 2013
    day in the life: Programmed for success
    Former particle physicist John Mansour still creates analytic solutions—these days, for retail clients.

July 2012

  • July 1, 2012
    day in the life: An energetic life: From physics to efficiency
    Physics training taught Brian Gerke how to figure out anything; now he’s applying his skills to energy-efficiency research, helping to set national standards.

October 2011

  • October 1, 2011
    day in the life: A physicist in the cancer lab
    Nicole Ackerman thought she would always be a particle physicist—until a newfound interest in biology drew her toward medical imaging. Her research on Cherenkov radiation, the blue glow from charged particles outracing light, could aid development of cancer treatments.

May 2011

  • May 1, 2011
    day in the life: Science fest
    Science fest feeds hunger for knowledge—hammering nails with a banana to spark interest in science and technology

October 2010

  • October 1, 2010
    day in the life: Peter Kasper: In a birder's paradise
    For birders, it all comes down to that moment. Focus your binoculars, steady your hands, and look, hard, until you find that glimpse of feathers, a spark of recognition. “Do you see it?”

June 2010

  • June 1, 2010
    day in the life: Joe Frisch: Go, man, go!
    Running the world's most powerful X-ray laser requires a special intensity.

February 2010

  • February 1, 2010
    day in the life: Soudan Lab
    Just before 7:30 on a bitter-cold morning in northern Minnesota, engineer Jim Beaty begins the last leg of his daily commute. He steps into a dark brown metal box with five coworkers. Someone slides the door closed. In pitch dark, with its engine thundering, the elevator shudders as it travels a half mile below ground.

October 2009

  • October 1, 2009
    day in the life: LabFest
    In August, robots, mummies, and giant jellyfish took over Chicago's Millennium Park. Fortunately, the invasion was peaceful—just part of the fun at the latest LabFest, a kind of pumped-up, hands-on outdoor science fair aimed to engage Chicagoans in the excitement of science.