We are glad to present you the first issue of a completely new format of the PH Newsletter. Since our last issue end January, the first period of exploitation of LHC has ended with a very successful run of Lead-proton (and proton-Lead !) collisions with a participation of all LHC experiments, including LHCb. Both machine and experiments have now entered into the Long Shutdown work.
The NA62 experiment is focusing on precision tests of the Standard Model by studying the rare decays of charged kaons. RICH will be used to identify daughter pions from muons and electrons in an efficient and non-destructive way.
In 2013, CERN will apply to participate in Google Summer of Code, a global program designed to introduce students to the world of open source software development.CERN provides a stimulating environment.
C++ moves to C++11 and CERN participates in the standardization process. The next committee meeting will take place from 15-20 April in Bristol and a special computing seminar will be organiced at CERN on April 4.
After several years of work the ESE group ready to deliver new devices and serviceses to the HEP community in the fields of: IC technologies and common building blocks (WP1), On-detector power distribution (WP2) and Radiation hard optical link (WP3).
In August 2011, Thomas Schneider and Claude David both members of the PH-DT group started working on the coating of Mylar foils with a reflective layer of Al/MgF2. In order to get better reflectivity in the UV range one has to avoid the oxidation of the aluminium layer. The coating of Mylar foils is a very efficient way to deal with this problem.
The forum was setup at the start of 2012 in an attempt to share knowledge among interested parties (major laboratories and experiment collaborations) that should work together to develop 'demonstrators' and agree minimally on technology so that they can share code and compare results.
The LHC time tunnel, built especially for the book fair, takes people into the world of sub-atomic particles by using state-of-the-art motion sensors and projectors to visualise the effect of the Higgs field and protons moving inside the Large Hadron Collider.
The SESAME project is a unique regional scientific project; a call for an international centre for research and advanced technology the will be centered around a high quality light source in Jordan.In 2012 the project received a serious set of boosts presented in a recent CERN Colloquium.
How is new knowledge produced in the natural sciences? This question has long been an issue of central relevance for philosophers, historians and sociologists of science, who have fiercely debated whether and how the emergence of new scientific knowledge can be described as following regular patterns, for example as far as the interplay of theory and experiment is concerned.
Maria Borge (ISOLDE's spokesperson) and Yacine Kadi (project leader of the HIE-ISOLDE) discuss the importance of reaching a higher energy regime with the HIE-ISOLDE and the technical challenges of this project
The recent TH-institute organized by the Theory Group focused on recent developments in theoretical aspects of black holes, in particular on understanding the fate of the classical horizon at the quantum level.
You all received a mail on 18th March from the PH Secretariat concerning Safety Training at CERN, please take note of the new e-learning course "safety during LS1" that can be found on the SIR system (https://sir.cern.ch/), and the reminder on Radiation Protection courses.