symmetry magazine

dimensions of particle physics

dimensions of particle physics

A joint Fermilab/SLAC publication



July 2014

June 2014

  • June 26, 2014
    signal to background: Measuring the lifetime of the Higgs boson
    Scientists are looking for new ways to determine the quick-as-a-thought lifetime of the Higgs boson, which could point the way to new physics.
  • June 24, 2014
    breaking: Massive neutrino detector moved into place
    The 30-ton MicroBooNE detector, the cornerstone of Fermilab’s short-baseline neutrino program, will see neutrinos this year.
  • June 17, 2014
    day in the life: Science and nature
    Although the view has changed, Lucy de Barbaro still looks at life through the lens of physics.
  • June 10, 2014
    explain it in 60 seconds: Wave-particle duality
    The concept of wave-particle duality ascribes two seemingly contradictory traits to a single object.
  • June 4, 2014
    breaking: MINOS result narrows field for sterile neutrinos
    Data collected at the long-running MINOS experiment stacks evidence against the existence of these theoretical particles. 

May 2014

  • May 22, 2014
    breaking: Proposed plan for the future of US particle physics
    The Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel’s report recommends a strategic path forward for US particle physics.
  • May 15, 2014
    signal to background: Long-distance neutrino search
    For some physicists, remote operations centers bring neutrino experiments closer to home.
  • May 8, 2014
    signal to background: Saving the Feynman van
    A team of Richard Feynman’s friends and fans banded together to restore the Nobel laureate’s most famous vehicle.
  • May 7, 2014
    essay: The twin paradox
    Fermilab physicist Don Lincoln explains a well-known thought experiment examining the consequences of special relativity.
  • May 6, 2014
    logbook: NOvA’s first neutrino
    The first picture of a neutrino that traveled from Illinois to Minnesota shows the NOvA experiment’s advantage in studying neutrino properties.
  • May 5, 2014
    signal to background: Scientists to map universe in 3-D HD
    The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument will create the clearest three-dimensional map yet of one-third of the sky.
  • May 1, 2014
    signal to background: Keeping things awesome on the Dark Energy Survey
    Scientists stay inspired in their sometimes tedious task of inspecting photographs taken in the Dark Energy Survey’s ambitious cataloging of one-eighth of the sky.

April 2014

  • April 24, 2014
    commentary: Massive thoughts
    The Higgs boson and the neutrino fascinate the general public and particle physicists alike. Why is that?
  • 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 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 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 11, 2014
    breaking: Tufte’s Feynman sculptures come to Fermilab
    Edward Tufte, celebrated statistician and master of informational graphics, transforms physics notations into works of art.
  • 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.
  • April 3, 2014
    breaking: Possible hints of dark matter in Fermi data
    Scientists say collisions between dark matter particles might be the cause of a curious excess of gamma-ray light coming from the center of our galaxy.