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CERN Courier: November 1999

Cover of CERN Courier Volume 39 Issue 9

Astrowatch

Astrowatch

Edited by Emma Sanders

Features

LEP pursues Higgs boson and greater W precision

While we wait for a definitive sighting of the enigmatic Higgs particle, there is no lack of careful precision work for the experiments at CERN's LEP electron­positron collider. Bob Clare of MIT looks at the latest in LEP physics.

CERN gears up for deceleration

Antiprotons have been a highlight of close-of-the-century physics. CERN's Antiproton Decelerator will continue this tradition into the 21st century.

Zen and the art of low-energy antiproton experiments

A recent workshop in Japan set the scene for a range of experiments at CERN's AD machine, which will synthesize and explore atoms of antimatter. John Eades reports.

Taking scientific note

The problem of publishing physics papers that have long lists of authors and reconciling it with the need to give due recognition to the contributions of individuals or small groups has long been recognized. An answer has now been found.

New class of publications that will recognize individual contributions in future experiments

The text of the official statement on the creation of the new "scientific notes" class of publications.

Eclipse of a visionary

Bjørn Wiik, visionary and talented director-general of the DESY Laboratory, Hamburg, died in a domestic accident in February, leaving the laboratory,and a major part of the world's high-energy physics community, temporarily leaderless. A memorial seminar at DESY reminded the community of its debt.

A tribute to Bjørn Wiik

Bjørn Wiik's important role in furthering international collaboration was also highlighted at a special gathering at the Ettore Majorana Centre for Scientific Culture, Erice, Sicily.

The Sun: a brilliant past and an even brighter future

The Sun may be the centre of our world, but it is not a typical star. At a special meeting, arranged by l'Observatoire de Paris at the Moët et Chandon manor at Epernay for the total solar eclipse of 11 August 1999, CERN physicist Douglas R O Morrison shed light on the Sun's past, present and future.

Heavy physics implications

This year's major particle physics meeting showed that heavy "flavours", whether they are strongly interacting quarks or weakly interacting leptons, are still very much at the cutting edge of today's laboratory studies.

Deep import of deep inelastic scattering

The quest goes on to try to pin down the detailed inner structure of the proton. The problem is that, the harder physicists look, the more structure they find.

Summers in St Croix revisited

An unlikely blend of geography, sponsorship and physics focus seems to work. Founding director Tom Ferbel describes a 20-year tradition of NATO-sponsored physics study institutes in the West Indies.