symmetry magazine

dimensions of particle physics

dimensions of particle physics

A joint Fermilab/SLAC publication



April 2014

  • April 21, 2014
    signal to background: Tracking particles faster at the LHC
    A new trigger system will expand what ATLAS scientists can look for during high-energy collisions at the Large Hadron Collider.
  • April 15, 2014
    feature: Ten things you might not know about particle accelerators
    From accelerators unexpectedly beneath your feet to a ferret that once cleaned accelerator components, symmetry shares some lesser-known facts about particle accelerators.
  • April 4, 2014
    breaking: LHC begins long road to restart
    Physicists have begun to reawaken CERN’s accelerator complex, with a goal of having beam ready for the next run of the LHC in early 2015.

March 2014

  • 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.
  • March 3, 2014
    breaking: ‘Particle Fever’ opens in the US
    Particle Fever, a documentary that follows scientists involved in research at the Large Hadron Collider, opens this week in select theaters across the United States.

January 2014

December 2013

  • December 18, 2013
    breaking: CERN’s Lego scavenger hunt
    Somewhere inside the CERN Computing Centre lurk a werewolf, a gorilla, a leprechaun and other tiny exotic creatures. How many can you find?
  • December 11, 2013
    signal to background: Exhibit brings the LHC to London
    Visitors to London’s Science Museum can now take a simulated tour of CERN and the Large Hadron Collider.
  • December 3, 2013
    essay: Reading in the Higgs era
    Science writer Mike Perricone presents his favorite books on particle physics and a recommended reading list for the LHC/Higgs Era (2008 to the present).

October 2013

  • October 17, 2013
    signal to background: Tweetup welcomes virtual audience to CERN
    CERN laboratory offered a private tour to a dozen Twitterati, who broadcast the experience to a much larger crowd.
  • October 17, 2013
    breaking: Nobel Prize in physics honors prediction of Higgs boson
    Peter Higgs and Francois Englert, who developed key concepts in the theory that predicted the Higgs boson, will be awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in physics.
  • October 1, 2013
    deconstruction: US participation in the Higgs discovery
    The search for the Higgs at experiments at the Large Hadron Collider was an international effort involving thousands of people, with physicists and engineers from US institutions playing a significant role throughout.

September 2013

  • September 26, 2013
    breaking: Google Street View goes underground at LHC
    A virtual tour of the Large Hadron Collider and the ATLAS, CMS, LHCb and ALICE experiments is now available on Google Street View.
  • September 13, 2013
    signal to background: The hunt for microscopic black holes
    Finding micro black holes at the LHC would alert scientists to the existence of extra dimensions, which might explain why gravity seems so weak.
  • September 6, 2013
    signal to background: Famous Higgs analogy, illustrated
    A Fermilab physicist and TED artists have created a short animation about the most famous description of the Higgs field.

July 2013

  • July 18, 2013
    signal to background: Real talk: Everything is made of fields
    Theorist Sean Carroll thinks it’s time you learned the truth: All of the particles you know—including the Higgs—are actually fields.
  • July 11, 2013
    breaking: Future LHC super-magnets pass muster
    Scientists in the US LHC Accelerator Research Program have successfully tested superconducting magnets needed to increase LHC collisions tenfold.

June 2013

  • June 13, 2013
    breaking: CERN computing heads to Eastern Europe
    To deal with increasingly data-hungry experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, CERN has built an addition to its data center—in Budapest.