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CERN Courier: October 2001

Cover of CERN Courier Volume 41 Issue 8


Take a deep breath of nuclear spin

A technique based on using spin-oriented nuclei of helium-3, which has been developed for nuclear physics experiments, also has impressive capabilities for lung imaging.

Biology research becomes crystal clear

A new range of PET instrumentation, based on research and development experience from high-energy physics experiments, aims to provide biology researchers with powerful tools to monitor the effects of gene therapy and to screen and test the effects of new drugs.

Looking back on the story of the space-time odyssey

The formal inauguration of the Center for Theoretical Physics at the University of Michigan brought together distinguished speakers from a range of disciplines to look back on the achievements of physics in the 20th century, as well as to anticipate new developments in the 21st.

Second postcard from the island of stability

Experiments on synthetic nuclei continue to explore a world that is very remote from our own experience. Recent studies at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna, near Moscow, report another inhabitant of a long-awaited island of nuclear stability, this time with 116 protons.*

LHC insertions: the key to CERN's new accelerator

The second of two articles about magnets for CERN's forthcoming Large Hadron Collider takes a look at the specialized magnets that perform specific tasks, such as final focus, and injection and extraction of beams. These are installed in the eight so-called insertion regions between the arcs in the 27 km LHC ring. Like the accelerator's main lattice magnets, their production is now under way.

Close encounters with clusters of computers

To satisfy their ever-increasing demand for more and affordable computing power, particle physics experiments are using clusters of off-the-shelf PCs. A recent workshop at Fermilab looked at the implications of this move.

Weighing the antiproton

The ASACUSA collaboration has just published a determination of the antiproton charge and mass to an incredible six parts in a hundred million.* How was this impressive precision achieved and why is it significant?