CERN Accelerating science

September 2021 - November 2021

A word from the EP Department Head - September 2021

Dear Colleagues in EP, Welcome back at CERN! In particular to all of you who couldn’t come to CERN in the past one and a half years due to the COVID crisis. As this editorial is being written 6000 people are on the CERN sites every day of which 2000…

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The 3D printed Detector (3DET) Project

Plastic scintillator is one of the most used active materials in high-energy physics. The “3D printed Detectors” (3DET) collaboration was formed in 2019 with the goal of investigating and developing additive manufacturing as a new production…

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LHCb discovers a double-charm tetraquark

Conventional mesons and baryons consist of a quark-antiquark and three quarks respectively. However, particles with an alternative quark content, known as exotic states, have been actively discussed since the birth of the constituent quark model in…

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Departed giants of theoretical physics

July 23rd 2021 was a sad day for the world of theoretical physics, which witnessed the passing of three giants of the field: Steven Weinberg, Toshihide Maskawa and Miguel Virasoro. Weinberg and Maskawa were awarded Nobel Prizes for their…

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The many faces of ISOLDE

You will stand across the street from the ISOLDE facility, when visiting CERN’s medical center, fire fighters, raw materials store, transport teams, or goods reception service. Located centrally at the Meyrin site (https://videos.cern.ch/record/…

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Higgs boson and the quest for new physics

The discovery of a new particle in 2012 by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN was just the beginning in understanding the properties of this particle and its potential link to some of the most pressing fundamental questions in modern physics.…

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Update on the ECFA Roadmap for R&D on Detector Technologies

It was reported in the previous edition of the EP Newsletter (1) that the European Strategy for Particle Physics Update (EPPSU (2) recommended that “Organised by ECFA, a roadmap should be developed by the community to balance the detector R&D…

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Google Summer of Code brings Students to HEP Software Projects

Google Summer of Code is a programme that brings together students wanting to code for Open Source software projects and mentors who can introduce them to exciting projects and the full software development cycle. As a major supporter of Open Source…

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System-on-Chip in Particle Physics Experiments

Many experiments in particle physics use custom-built electronics boards in order to perform event triggering and data readout. For many years now, those electronics boards have been using Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) for processing data.…

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