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A word from the EP Deputy Department Head - December 2023

Dear Colleagues in EP,

As we look back on 2023, we can reflect on a year with many challenges, but also many achievements, that you can read about in this December edition of the EP newsletter...


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Interviews & Features

Investigating exotic structures of exotic nuclei with Miniball

On its return, the Miniball array at ISOLDE has already got off to a running start through carrying out a range of experiments addressing diverse physics questions.

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SHADOWS of New Physics in the CERN North Area

SHADOWS is a proposal for a new experiment to contribute to FIPs searches by exploiting the potential of the existing CERN accelerator complex.

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In discussion with Valentina Cairo

Valentina Cairo has received the 2023 Young Experimental Physicist Prize of the HEPP Division of EPS ­for a number of outstanding contributions to the ATLAS experiment.

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DUNE and T2K gear up for next stage

A tour-de-table of the diverse R&D activities at CERN's North Area including work for proto-DUNE and the ND280 experiment upgrade.  

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First edition of the RD51 Micro Pattern Gaseous Detectors School at CERN.

A report from the first edition of the RD51 Micro Pattern Gaseous Detectors School that was held at CERN. 

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A word from the DIRAC and Rucio Workshop 2023

Τhe joined DIRAC and Rucio workshop, was devoted to the information exchange between developers, service administrators and users.

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FCC feasibility study reaches midterm milestone

FCC study successfully submitted its midterm review report that will be scrutinized during a special Council session in February 2024. 

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Results from the experiments

CLOUD experiments show that trees can make their own clouds.

As part of the CLOUD project, researchers at PSI have identified that gaseous hydrocarbons released by plants are a major factor in cloud formation. This finding could reduce uncertainties in our current climate models.

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The ATLAS New Small Wheel - Triggering on muons and rejecting fakes

Discussing the electronics of the ATLAS New Small Wheel project and the challenges of integrating them within the ATLAS cavern.

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Pushing the boundaries of monolithic CMOS sensor technologies

Discussing the ongoing work on Monolithic Pixel Detectors in the framework of the EP's Department R&D programme.

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First analysis of Run 3 data with a new slim data format

The ATLAS Collaboration has released a new measurement of the production cross-section of two Z bosons using a new, reduced data format that optimizes computer resources.

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Asterix in Switzerland

X-ray facility for microelectronics: discussing a rich history of achievements in the ESE group.

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LHCb's new VELO preparing to spring into action

Final efforts to repair the LHCb VELO detector are taking place around the clock to meet the tight LHC schedule.

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ALPHA experiment at CERN observes the influence of gravity on antimatter.

The ALPHA collaboration at CERN’s Antimatter Factory reports the first measurement of a gravitational effect on the motion of antimatter.

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Special Features

 

Triggering in ATLAS in Run 3

Discussing the new trigger system for the ATLAS experiment following the Phase-I upgrades of the experiment.

 

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All the Objects in the Universe (and Some Questions)

An overview of the thermal history of our Universe and the sequence of objects (e.g., protons, planets, and galaxies) that condensed out of the background as the Universe expanded and cooled.

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The CMS Trigger System for Run 3

Before the start of the LHC Run 3, CMS improved many aspects of its trigger system to boost the physics reach of the experiment.

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ATLAS and CMS unite to weigh in on the top quark

The new combined result is the most precise determination of the top-quark mass to date.

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Upstream Tracker closing completes installation of the LHCb Upgrade detector

Recently, the Upstream Tracker (UT) of the LHCb experiment, was closed around the LHC beam pipe, marking the completion of the upgraded LHCb detector. 

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Ending the 2023 LHC run with heavy-ion collisions

The successfully concluded heavy-ion run is expected to bring significant advances in our understanding of quark-gluon plasma.

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