CERN Accelerating science

March 2013 Issue

Editorial - March 2013

by Philippe Bloch

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.

Searching for rare kaon decays

The RICH detector of the NA62 experiment

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.

Exploring the ROOT(s)

Interview with René BRUN

by Panos Charitos

René BRUN talks about the difficulties and the rewarding moments of a long-established carreer at CERN and shares his thoughts with the new generation of software developers. 

Google Summer of Code

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++ and CERN

by Axel Naumann

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. 

ISOLTRAP’s MR-ToF mass separator to plumb a neutron star

by Robert Wolf for the ISOLTRAP collaboration

Measurements with ISOLTRAP at ISOLDE-CERN play a key-role in studying the interior of neutron stars and help building an equation of state for this special class of object.

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).

Addressing the challenges of the new CPU architecture

The Concurrency Forum at CERN

by Panos Charitos

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.

Q&A: Krishna Rajagopal

by Panos Charitos

An Interview with Krishna Rajagopal, Professor and Associate Head for Education, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Physics.

Engage in a playful way with the physics done at CERN.

LHC interactive tunnel.

by Joao Antunes Pequenao, Panos Charitos

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

by Eliezer Rabinovici

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.

An empirical study of knowledge production at the LHC

A philosophical experiment

by Arianna Borrelli

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.

A new iOS Application that brings CERN news and information on your iPad or iPhone has been developed following a joint effort between the SFT and EDU groups.

Discussing with Maria Borge and Yacine Kadi

Meeting the challenges of the High-Energy ISOLDE!

by Panos Charitos

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

Neutrino properties from cosmology

by Licia Verde

Licia Verde discusses how our cosmological observations can be used for constraining interesting physical quantities and neutrino properties are a particularly hot avenue to pursue.

Creative Collisions at CERN TH

by Ariane Koek , Panos Charitos

Subodh Patil, a European Marie Curie Fellow, who is attached to the CERN Theory group will be Bill Fontana's inspiration partner during his residency at CERN.

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.

New Departmental Safety Office (DSO) - Mark Hatch, since 1st February. 

Changes in the PH Secretariats:
Tania Pardo moves to CMS
Ulla Tihinen moves to SFT
Biliana Dimitrova moves to PH Secretariat
Audrey Deidda moves to ALICE


Safety Issues

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 (, and the reminder on Radiation Protection courses.