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Successful installation of the CMS Pixel Tracker

In early 2019 the CMS Phase-1 Pixel detector was extracted from the underground cavern after successful completion of the LHC Run 2 data taking campaign. Its sub-detectors, the Barrel Pixel (BPIX) and Forward Pixel (FPIX) detectors, were stored cool…

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CMS experiment prepares for Run 3

The CMS experiment is one of the four large experiments at the LHC and a detailed description of the detector's inner and outer layers can be found here. The detector successfully operated with LHC collisions since 2010 leading to the Higgs boson…

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CMS GEMs are changing gear

It can be called the achievement of the year for the CMS Muon GEM group, culminating on a decade-long effort and development of knowhow. The Gas Electron Multiplier (GEM) is a Micro Pattern Gaseous Detector (MPGD) widely used in particle physics.…

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CERN experiments find first evidence for rare Higgs boson decay

The strength of the interaction between the Higgs field and a particle determines the mass it obtains from the Higgs and it is a mystery why the interaction strength is different for different particles. This puzzle is exacerbated as the leptons,…

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How to search for new physics without knowing about it?

BSM searches at the LHC increasingly profit from ML techniques since this approach allows more general searches that minimise the probability of missing evidence of new physics. Very recently, the ATLAS collaboration has published a novel approach […

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LHC experiments ramp-up activities

Around the world,research centres, laboratories and universities have closed as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic — forcing an increasing number of researchers to work from home. Researchers teleworking coordinated with colleagues who had to…

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How to search for new physics without knowing about it?

BSM searches at the LHC increasingly profit from ML techniques since this approach allows more general searches that minimise the probability of missing evidence of new physics. Very recently, the ATLAS collaboration has published a novel approach […

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CMS tunes in searches for new physics

The CERN LHC has produced proton-proton collisions at an unprecedented center of mass energy of 13 TeV since 2015, providing an excellent opportunity to search for new phenomena in regions that were previously inaccessible to collider experiments.…

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CMS weighs in for the top quark

The top quark has a special position in the zoo of elementary particles, being the heaviest as well as one of the rarest fundamental particles ever sighted. With a mass of about 173 GeV, it has 40 times the mass of its partner, the bottom quark and…

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CMS weighs in for the top quark

The top quark has a special position in the zoo of elementary particles, being the heaviest as well as one of the rarest fundamental particles ever sighted. With a mass of about 173 GeV, it has 40 times the mass of its partner, the bottom quark and…

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