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CERN Courier: May 2002

Cover of CERN Courier Volume 42 Issue 4

Features

How CERN became popular with US physicists

In last month's issue we traced the history of CERN-US collaboration from its post-war beginnings to the advent of proton collider physics in the 1970s. Here Gordon Fraser continues the story to the present day, which sees US researchers as one of the largest research contingents at CERN.

Probing the boundary of nuclear-particle physics

Founded in the 1980s as the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF), the US national laboratory on Chesapeake Bay adopted the name of Thomas Jefferson in 1996. America's third president would have been proud.

Systems engineers find their way to San Jose

Control systems engineering in particle physics laboratories has many applications, as the ICALEPCS 2001 conference showed. Axel Daneels and Rusty Humphrey report.

Radioactive beam research notches up 50 years

Research using accelerated beams of short-lived nuclei has grown into a major activity. Karsten Riisager reports from a recent symposium in Copenhagen that looked at the status and future prospects of the field.

Cancer therapy initiative is launched at CERN

The inaugural meeting of the new European ENLIGHT network for cancer therapy research was held at CERN in February. ENLIGHT brings together all of Europe's leading players in this emerging field.

CERN workshop marks a transition

In 1963, Nicola Cabibbo proposed a mechanism to describe transformations between up, down and strange quarks. Almost a decade later, Makoto Kobayashi and Toshihide Maskawa generalized quark mixing to six quarks. At a recent workshop hosted by CERN, more than 200 researchers took stock of how far experiment has come in unravelling the mixing matrix.

Regulars

Viewpoint: Accelerator science needs more brain power

Although the application of accelerators to science grew in the early 20th century, Maury Tigner says that further technical advances depend on greater intellectual input.