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CERN Courier: March 2001

Cover of CERN Courier Volume 41 Issue 2


Micropattern detectors promise a big future

As well as being important in particle physics, multiwire detectors have been applied in other fields: X-rays for medical imaging, ultraviolet and single-photon detection, neutron and crystal diffraction studies and so on. Now their major limitation of modest rate capability has been overcome through the introduction of micropattern devices.

Listening for the music of gravity

The latest generation of high-precision experiments is bringing observers one step closer to detecting the elusive song of gravity waves.

Glimpses of superhistory

Nearly 30 years after its discovery, supersymmetry remains the prime candidate to cure all of the ills of our understanding of elementary particle behaviour. Putting aside the question of experimental evidence, a recent meeting looked at the history of supersymmetry.

Strength in numbers: particle physics goes global

Particle physics has been "big science" for a long time. Its ambitious projects are also becoming more and more international, for it is only this way that the necessary resources can be amassed. A recent meeting of a special working group of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development assessed future needs.

Season of Higgs and melodrama

CERN's LEP electron-positron collider closed last year after a tantalizing and controversial finish, which revealed hints of the long-awaited Higgs particle - the missing link in today's picture of particle physics.

The road ahead

In this article, CERN director-general Luciano Maiani explains why CERN's commitment to building the LHC collider overcame all pressures to prolong running the LEP electron-positron machine.

Looking at physics in a rarefied atmosphere

Last year the annual DESY Theory Workshop focused on rare physics - the physics that's hardest to do and sometimes difficult to understand. Andrzej Buras reports.