Tagged: LHC

Quarks Galore - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Jun 02, 2010

Here's a nice example of some particle physics from the LHCb experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.http://lhcb-public.web.cern.ch/lhcb-public/Images_2010/BsDsMuNu.png(taken from the LHCb news page at http://lhcb-public.web.cern.ch/lhcb-public/ )The picture shows an unfortunately-named Bs particle (for Beauty Strange), produced as a result of a 7 TeV proton-proton collision. This particle doesn't live long; it decays into a Ds+ particle, a mu- lepton and a … Read More

Collisions at the LHC - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Apr 12, 2010

While I've been away the Large Hadron Collider has been busy smashing protons together, and is now beginning to acquire some data that will be making some PhD students very happy. This is one of the images that has been released by CERN: (see http://cdsweb.cern.ch/record/1255405)It shows a collision in the ATLAS detector  (the largest of the six LHC detectors … Read More

LHC-based Doomsday alternatives, e-book publishing and problems in scientific publishing - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Apr 01, 2010

I’m resorting to the traditional log of things you might like to read to keep you busy while I’m busy… First up is a geeky take on doomsday alternatives based around the Large Hadron Collider. Three videos,  a goofiness rating for each idea, with an explanation of why they’re unlikely. There’s a slight air of … Read More

ET home phone - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Mar 17, 2010

This month's feature article in PhysicsWorld is a plea by well-known science (particularly physics) writer Paul Davies to relaunch (or rather, expand) the search for extra-terrestrial life.  The Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has been around for nearly fifty years, focusing on analyzing data from radio telescopes.  But Paul Davies thinks there are other places where … Read More

The LHC ticks onwards - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Mar 11, 2010

Last month, CERN took the decision to run The Large Hadron Collider for the next eighteen months or so, up to a maximum energy of 3.5 TeV per beam, before having an extended shutdown period to prepare to take it up to its design maximum of 7 TeV per beam.I am sure this will come as welcome news … Read More

Where the money is - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Feb 08, 2010

I was reading this weekend in January's physicsworld some curiously contrasting articles on the state of physics funding in various countries. The UK has recently announced some serious cutbacks to their international collaborative projects, in an attempt to claw back 40 million pounds that was mis-spent a couple of years ago following an accounting error.  Whoops. For example, there … Read More

The importance of physics - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Jan 06, 2010

It is sometimes hard as a scientist to maintain a broad focus. It is very easy to get obsessed with your pet project and forget the equally important stuff being done by scientists and others elsewhere. Just because you find your research extremely interesting and you can see lots of uses for it, it doesn't necessarily follow that others will … Read More