This week, just under three decades since the Tevatron reached 1 TeV, the LHC resumed its programme of colliding so-called "heavy ions", reaching 1045 TeV in the collisions, breaking the symbolic barrier of a quadrillion electron-volts, or 1 PeV...
Last May, the PH newsletter reported about the two-month pilot run of 2014 and how NA62 was preparing for the 2015 data taking: this became reality for five months between mid-June and mid-November, an exciting but exhausting period for our operation team!
At their 4th Collaboration meeting on the 10th and 11th of December the MoEDAL Collaboration looked back over a successful year. MoEDAL is a pioneering experiment designed to search for highly ionizing avatars of new physics such as magnetic monopoles or massive (pseudo-)stable charged particles.
The last edition of this letter at the end of 2014 ended with the optimistic remark that CMS after the end of LS1 would be perfectly prepared for the exciting times ahead of us. And indeed the final steps of LS1 went smoothly with CMS ready for the first beams.
Superconductivity remains one of the most fascinating manifestations of the laws of physics. We met Georg Bednorz, who together with K AlexMüller, discovered the high-temperature superconductivity in ceramics; a discovery for which they shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1987.
by Daniel Schulte (CERN) with Alexandra Welsch (UNILIV)
A team of experts from collaborating institutes work under the study for a Future Circular Collider (FCC) on the parameters of hadron-hadron collider. They have recently reached the first important milestone at the end of September: a baseline for the machine layout and the main parameters of this collider.
In NA62, the straw tracker is designed to measure the momentum and direction of charged tracks.The design of the NA62 straw tracker was driven by the requirement of low multiple scattering and high efficiency over the full acceptance.
by G. Cosmo, G.Ganis, S. Gleyzer, J.Harvey, A. Naumann
The end of year is traditionally the time when SFT makes new releases of our main software products. It is a very busy time with everyone working energetically to meet various deadlines. All last minute changes and fixes need to be integrated and run through extensive checks to ensure that quality of the performance of the code.
This is my last message to CERN personnel as Director-General, and the overriding sentiment I’d like to pass on is ‘thank you’: it has been a fantastic seven years. I’ve been privileged to be DG through amazing times, and thanks to the efforts of many we are at the threshold of a golden era for our field.