Editorial – The Roadmap 2016 of the European Strategic Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI)

By Giorgio Rossi. Published on 26 April 2016 in:
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From the launch event on September 25th 2014 in Trieste (IT) to the presentation of the Roadmap 2016 on March 1oth in Amsterdam (NL), ESFRI has carried out an important refinement of its method and has produced a new strategy document identifying new projects and consolidated landmarks as well as a thorough analysis of the European Landscape of Research Infrastructures accessible to European scientists and developers.

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Particles are back in the LHC

By CERN Bulletin. Published on 26 April 2016 in:
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On Friday, the LHC opened its doors to allow particles to travel around the ring for the first time since the year-end technical stop (YETS) began in December 2015. At 10:30 a.m., a first bunch was circulating and by midday the beam was circulating in both directions. Progress over the weekend has been good and low intensity beam has already been taken to 6.5 TeV and through the squeeze.

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The LHC is waking up

By Bénédicte Huchet. Published on 25 August 2014 in:
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Many theories consider sleeping as a boost in human performance. This is exactly what is happening at the LHC at CERN. After almost 2 years of silent signal, sections of the LHC are reactivated one by one with upgraded performance. The wake-up period will last for the next few months until the 13 TeV physics programme can fully begin in 2015.
Even if no data measurements are currently underway in the LHC, many things have happened during the 18-month shutdown that began in 2013. Indeed, major upgrades have been undertaken, in particular regarding the proton synchrotron and the super proton synchrotron. Incredible efforts have been deployed to upgrade…

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FCC and more after LHC

By Bénédicte Huchet. Published on 27 February 2014 in:
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Particle physics takes the long-term view. Originally conceived in the 1980s, the LHC took another 25 years to come into being. This accelerator, which is unlike any other, is just at the start of a longer programme, which is expected to run for another 20 years.
Even now, plans are being hatched for a large-scale upgrade to increase luminosity and thereby exploit the LHC to its full potential. The high luminosity LHC is CERN’s number-one priority and will increase the number of collisions accumulated in the experiments by a factor of 10 from 2024 onwards…

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SIF Fermi Prize for decisive contribution to LHC discoveries

By Jorge Rivero González. Published on 21 August 2013 in:
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The 2013 Enrico Fermi Prize of the Italian Physical Society [SIF] has been awarded to Pierluigi Campana (INFN Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati), Simone Giani (CERN), Fabiola Gianotti (CERN), Paolo Giubellino (INFN Torino) and Guido Tonelli (Università di Pisa and INFN Pisa), “for the outstanding results that the five large international collaboration experiments at the CERN Large Hadron Collider [LHC] – LHCb, TOTEM, ATLAS, ALICE, CMS – have achieved during the first period of LHC data taking under the successful guidance of the…

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International Master classes in Particle Physics

By Paris Sphicas. Published on 29 April 2013 in:
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Master classes are a unique opportunity for high-school students, where they can hunt particles at the Large Hadron Collider [LHC] and analyse real data from the experiments. Each year, in spring, research institutes and universities around the world open their doors and invite students for daylong visits. This year’s International Master classes were organized in March, under the auspices of the International Particle Physics Outreach Groups [IPPOG], and attracted more than 10 000 students.
In the Master class, students gained insight into the international organization of modern research in…

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LHC stops … to regenerate more powerful!

By Luisa Cifarelli, Rosario Nania. Published on 29 January 2013 in:
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2012 was quite a year for the CERN Large Hadron Collider [LHC]! A year of fundamental achievements both in physics and technology, successfully marking the end of the first 3 years period of data taking of LHC. A two years technical stop is now foreseen to allow improvements that will not only permit the machine to reach its full design energy (7 TeV per beam) and increased luminosity, but also allow the experiments to reach their utmost performance.

So far the LHC has been making continuous progress, exceeding the more optimistic luminosity goals and beam…

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Lead ions and protons colliding for first time in LHC

By Ian Randall. Published on 26 September 2012 in:
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The LHC saw its first collisions of lead ions with protons on 13 September. The largest experiments – ALICE, ATLAS, CMS and LHCb – all recorded lead ion-proton collisions in this test, which precedes the main run planned for January-February next year.

For more information, please visit the CERN website.

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Higgs? CERN sees new particle consistent with elusive boson

By Ian Randall. Published on 19 July 2012 in:
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CERN’s ATLAS and CMS experiments have observed a new particle – consistent with the elusive Higgs boson – in the mass region around 125-126 GeV/c2, it was announced during a seminar at the Swiss-based laboratory on 4 July.

“The five sigma signal – at around 125 GeV – we’re seeing is dramatic. This is indeed a new particle. We know it must be a boson and it’s the heaviest boson ever found,” said CMS experiment spokesperson Joe Incandela. “The implications are very significant and it is precisely for this reason that we must be extremely diligent in all of our studies…

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Primordial QCD Matter in the LHC Era

By Ian Randall. Published on 28 June 2012 in:
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The “Primordial QCD Matter in the LHC Era: implications of QCD results in the early universe” conference is being held in Cairo, Egypt on 10-14 February 2013.

The event – the second in this series – aims to bring together cosmologists and particle physicists to discussion QCD matter in the light of recent discoveries from the Large Hadron Collider [LHC].

Topics under discussion at the event will include: astrophysical observations and ultra-high energy cosmic rays…

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Heavy Ion Collisions in the LHC Era

By Ian Randall. Published on 19 April 2012 in:
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The Heavy Ion Collisions in the LHC Era international conference will be held in Quy Nhon, central Vietnam, from 15-20 July this year. The event, which will focus on the proton-nucleus and nucleus-nucleus collisions at LHC and RHIC energies, will include an optional half-day excursion and the possibility for a post-conference tour in northern Vietnam.

Topics being covered at the conference include: collective dynamics; jet quenching; heavy flavour and quarkonia production; electroweak probes; QCD at high temperature and density & phase diagram…

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Students “hangout” with CMS physicists on Google+

By Achintya Rao. Published on 16 March 2012 in:
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The Compact Muon Solenoid experiment at the LHC [CMS] recently organised two virtual visits to the CMS experimental cavern, around 100 meters underground, using the Google+ Hangouts platform. Schools, universities and interested members of the public were invited to remotely connect with physicists in front of the CMS detector and in the above-ground control room, to talk about the detector, the LHC, and the physics goals of the collaboration.

Google+ Hangouts, a feature of the new social network, are multi-user video calls with up to ten participants…

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