CERN Accelerating science

December 2013 issue

Editorial - December 2013

by Philippe Bloch

Dear Colleagues,

Thanks to your work and strong contribution 2013 has been a great year with many successes for our Department...

CERN's Director for Research and Computing shares a few words after five years of a successful collaboration with Philippe Bloch

Interview with George Zweig

by Panos Charitos

A discussion with George Zweig about particle physics, science and the discoveries that marked the beginning of the End...

LS1: A special opportunity for LHCb

by Rolf Lindner on behalf of the LHCb Collaboration

LHCb is undergoing an extensive programme of consolidation and maintenance work during the LS1

ATLAS LS1 considerations

by Beniamino Di Girolamo on behalf of the ATLAS Collaboration

ATLAS Technical Coordinator discusses some of the important operations and improvements that were completed in 2013.

First year of the LS1: a busy year for ALICE

by Werner Riegler on behalf of the ALICE Collaboration

ALICE collaboration has been busy with the LS1 shutdown work as well as upgrade preparations and a lot has been achieved during this year.

CMS – Highlights and Perspectives from UXC55

by Wolfram Zeuner on behalf of the CMS Collaboration

The first year of the LS1 is almost over and CMS has completed approximately half of its upgrade program preparing to cope with the challenges that lie ahead of us.

TOTEM: Moving Forward Through Consolidation and Upgrade

by Joachim Baechler on behalf of the TOTEM Collaboration

TOTEM profits from the LS1 to start strengthening its very-forward Roman Pot (RP) detector system, creating a leading-proton spectrometer with unprecedented performance and the flexibility to operate in a vast range of different beam conditions.


The new Geant4 release 10.0

by Gabriele Cosmo, Vladimir Ivantchenko & Alberto Ribon

The new 2013 release of Geant4 introduces many new features in different areas, including geometry modelling as well as electromagnetic and hadronic physics.

First beta release of ROOT 6

by Fons Rademakers for the ROOT team

The first beta release of ROOT 6 has been released while a large number of challenges are still lying ahead.

CAST opens a new window into dark energy and dark matter after 11 years of operation and continuous renewal.

by Dieter Hoffmann (TU-Darmstadt) & Konstantin Zioutas (University of Patras)

CAST is searching for these particles with a telescope designed to detect axions from the Sun. It uses an unexpected hybrid of equipment from particle physics and astronomy.

James Pinfold, MoEDAL's Spokesperson discusses the physics goals of the new experiment and the experimental setup that will be used.

Kara Lynch has been awarded the 2013 Early Career award from UK's Institute of Physics for her research in ISOLDE.

Rafael Ballabriga Sune has been awarded with the 2013 Radiation Instrumentation Early Career Award by the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society for the implementation of a new approach to spectroscopic X-ray imaging.