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Editorial September 2015

by Livio Mapelli

Dear Colleagues,

Summer is coming to a close, and I hope you have found time for some vacation and have returned reinvigorated, ready for the full exploitation of the exploitation of the restarting of the experimental programme...

Measurements by the BASE experiment have compared the same properties of protons and antiprotons to high precision while the ALICE collaboration has measured the difference between mass-to-charge ratios for deuterons and antideuterons, as well as for helium-3  and antihelium-3 nuclei.

EPS – HEP 2015 Conference Highlights

by Monica Pepe Altarelli

The EPS – HEPP Conference was held in Vienna, Austria from 22 to 29 of July, 2015. The LHC experiments presented their latest results while the first measurements from Run 2 attracted a lot of interest.

In the recent EPS conference, LHCb presented results from Run2 of the LHC, confirming that a certain decay involving the weak force happens with beauty quarks having a “left-handed” spin. This result is consistent with the SM, in contrast with previous measurements that allowed for a right-handed contribution.

During, the 7th edition of the Hard Probes International Conference series was hosted by McGill University in Montréal, Canada, the LHC experiments presented a wealth of scientific results from heavy-ion collsions at the LHC. 

TOTEM experiment upgrade

by Nicola Turini

The Totem experiment has shown with recent data that in collaboration with CMS is possible to enlarge the original physics program in the diffractive proton interaction field. To deal with this new requirement new detectors have been developed and will be installed soon. 

n_TOF one year after - First results

by Frank Gunsing

Since the termination of the construction of the new second experimental area EAR2 of n_TOF in July 2014, the facility has been successfully taking data both in the existing experimental area EAR1 and in the new EAR2. Frank Gunsing gives an overview of the latest physics results.

COMPASS-II: A QCD Laboratory at CERN

by Gerhard Mallot & Oleg Denisov, COMPASS Spokespersons

With COMPASS-II CERN enters in the exploration of a new territory: the structure of the proton in multiple dimensions. Following previous studies of the polarization of quarks and gluons; now the focus has shifted to a picture of the proton in terms of additional variables.

ISOLDE: New access to study dilute rare earth doped materials

by Haraldur Pall Gunnlaugsson on behalf of The Mössbauer group at ISOLDE/CERN

For the first time at ISOLDE 151Eu emission MS has been achieved paving new ways in biophysics and a wide range of photonic applications such as photovoltaics, sensors, fluorescent bio-labels, fibre-optic communications and more.

Interview with Nima Arkani Hamed

by Panos Charitos

Nima Arkani-Hamed is a Faculty Member in the School of Natural Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. In this interview he shares some insights in the world of theoretical physics, the challenges after the first run of the LHC and the quest for understanding our world.  

CERN Summer Students Programme

by Panos Charitos

This summer, the CERN Summer Student Programme offered undergraduate students of physics, computing and engineering from all over the world a unique opportunity to join in the day-to-day work of research teams participating in experiments at CERN. 

A word from the organizers of the Summer Student programme

by Jennifer Annabell Dembski

The team works from October to the application deadline, usually at the end of Januar, to assess more than 1500 applications...

Safety for newcomers

by Laetitia Bardo

Laetitia Bardo, who has recently joined the safety team in the PH department discusses the challenges of her new post and lessons taken from her past experience. 

Prof. Chris Llewellyn Smith (Director of Energy Research Oxford, President SESAME Council) will review the global energy trends, taking into account the risising needs of developing countries and will try to address whether it is possible to balance these needs with the need to moderate climate change.