symmetry magazine

dimensions of particle physics

dimensions of particle physics

A joint Fermilab/SLAC publication


signal to background

April 2014

  • April 18, 2014
    signal to background: Is the universe balanced on a pinhead?
    New precise measurements of the mass of the top quark bring back the question: Is our universe inherently unstable?
  • April 17, 2014
    signal to background: Not just old codgers
    During a day of talks at Stanford University, theoretical physicist Leonard Susskind explained “Why I Teach Physics to Old Codgers, and How It Got to Be a YouTube Sensation.”

March 2014

  • March 31, 2014
    signal to background: 30 years of inter-American collaboration
    Three decades ago this month, scientists from Latin America came to do research at Fermilab, forming the ties of a lasting collaboration.
  • March 27, 2014
    signal to background: Particle detector connects two generations
    Work on Fermilab's CDF detector during the more than two decades of its lifetime has been a family affair.
  • March 21, 2014
    signal to background: Accelerator, stonewashed
    Taking a page out of the jeans manufacturers' playbook, researchers use stonewashing machines to perfect equipment for a future International Linear Collider.
  • March 7, 2014
    signal to background: Start spreading the SNEWS
    A worldwide network keeps astronomers and physicists ready for the next nearby supernova.
  • March 6, 2014
    signal to background: Physics by hand
    To encourage discussion and engagement, a physics forum has banned PowerPoint slides in favor of low-tech whiteboards.

February 2014

  • February 27, 2014
    signal to background: CERN challenges students to design experiment
    Groups of high school students from around the world are competing to win the chance to conduct a particle physics experiment at CERN.
  • February 25, 2014
    signal to background: DECam pinpoints asteroid
    When weather prevented other telescopes from tracking a potentially hazardous asteroid, the Dark Energy Camera stepped in.
  • February 18, 2014
    signal to background: BaBar still breaking new ground
    Twenty years after a cutting-edge particle physics experiment at SLAC adopted a royal elephant from a series of children's books as its mascot, BaBar (the experiment, not the elephant) is still looking ahead to future discoveries.
  • February 7, 2014
    signal to background: #FollowFriday IV: Physicists to follow on Twitter
    In the final installment (for now) of #FollowFriday, symmetry highlights four more physicists on Twitter.
  • February 6, 2014
    signal to background: Virtual field trips take students into the labs
    Teachers are using Google+ to bring their classes behind the scenes at national laboratories and to teach students about careers in STEM.
  • February 5, 2014
    signal to background: Couple's history intertwined with 60 years of CERN
    A pair of scientists who have been at CERN since almost the very beginning still often find themselves in the laboratory's cafeteria, arguing physics.

January 2014