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CERN Courier: April 2002

Cover of CERN Courier Volume 42 Issue 3


How US physicists first came to work at CERN

After help from an eminent US figure, CERN was founded in the 1950s to provide a European stage for physics. Once the curtain was up, US physicists found the new laboratory increasingly attractive. In the first of two articles, Gordon Fraser traces the history of CERN-US collaboration from the post-war era to the advent of collider physics in the 1970s.

Superluminal phenomena shed new light on time

Is it possible to travel faster than light? Can we travel back in time, or send signals into the past? These questions have intrigued physicists since the discovery of special relativity nearly a century ago highlighted the fundamental nature of the speed of light and revolutionized our concept of time. Graham Shore describes recent research that sheds new light on these old questions.

Forty years of research on the structure of matter

The Stanford Linear Accelerator Center celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Michael Riordan takes a look at its achievements and current research.

QCD comes to the home of Goethe and Schiller

Weimar, a German town with strong European traditions, hosted the 4th European QCD network meeting on 12-15 September 2001.

Swiss Light Source set to be a world-class facility

October 2001 saw the inauguration of the Swiss Light Source at the Paul Scherrer Institute. As Peter-Raymond Kettle reports, the source gives Switzerland a world-class synchrotron radiation facility.

DESY workshop combines gravity and particle physics

Gravity and particle physics took centre stage at last year's DESY theory workshop. As chairman of the organizing committee Dieter Lüst reports, there was plenty to talk about.

Space-time symmetry is put to the test

Symmetries underpin much of modern physics and, as a consequence, are sensitive probes for new phenomena. Neil Russell reports from a recent meeting held at Indiana University, where physicists discussed possible symmetry-violating mechanisms that could open the way to a deeper understanding of our universe.