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Editorial - June 2015

by Livio Mapelli

Dear Colleagues,

Run 2 of the LHC is now officially underway, with first collisions recorded at the record energy of 13 TeV on 3rd June.  I would like to congratulate everyone on the hard work throughout the long shutdown...

The run 2015 for the PH-DT Irradiation Facilities has begun!

by Federico Ravotti & Maurice Glaser

After the successful completion of the short run 2014 and a few months of shutdown for maintenance and upgrade, the new East Area Irradiation Facility is back in business since the end of April 2015...

The new CMS Timing and Control Distribution System (TCDS) has been designed, built and installed in CMS during the first Long Shutdown (LS1) of the LHC and is now routinely used to control CMS data-taking.

The TDCpix, which stands for Time-to-Digital Converter Pixel ASIC, measures the position and arrival time of incident beam particles in the Gigatracker detector of the NA62 experiment.

HEP experimental programmes are evolving rapidly and CHEP2015 proved to be an opportune time to meet and exchange experiences, to review recent progress and plan for the future.

LHC experiments back in business at record energy

by Cian O'Luanaigh

After an almost two year shutdown and several months re-commissioning, the LHC is now providing collisions to all of its experiments at the unprecedented energy of 13 TeV

 We asked the Data Quality Monitoring teams of the four major LHC experiments to present the tools they are using and how the DQM is organized to fit the specifications of each detector.

 LHC experiments have released a portion of its data to the public for use in education and outreach as part of CERN's policy of openness.

April 28th would have marked the 92nd birthday of Bruno Zumino, who died last year. The Theory Group organized a meeting around this date to honour his memory and to discuss his legacy.

First public release of the Virtual Atom Smasher

by Panos Charitos

In May 2015, the first public release was made of Virtual Atom Smasher, an educational game platform that was developed by a partnership between CERN and Citizen Cyberlab.

Last month, the High Energy and Particle Physics division of the European Physical Society announced the 2015 prizes for outstanding contributions in the field of high energy physics.

The 3rd workshop on medical applications of spectroscopic X-ray detectors took place at CERN from 20-23 April covering a number of CERN-related topics.

CERN participates in the 2015 Google Summer of Code

by Lorenzo Moneta & Sandro Wenzel

The CERN PH/SFT group is participating for the fifth year in the 2015 Google Summer of Code programme.

Meet Michel Sebastian Guye-Bergeret, the new Human Resources Advisor of the PH Department.