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CERN Courier magazine: November 2016 digital edition

Cern Courier

Welcome to the digital edition of the November 2016 issue of CERN Courier

Smashing particles into one another at high energies has been crucial in establishing the Standard Model of particle physics, leading to discoveries such as the W and Z bosons, the top quark and, most recently, the Higgs boson. In pursuit of this strategy, one of CERN’s options for a post-LHC collider is a high-energy electron–positron machine called the Compact Linear Collider (CLIC), which has recently been redesigned to focus on an optimal initial energy stage of 380 GeV before being boosted in stages to 1.5 and 3 TeV. Other collider projects, meanwhile, are being pursued within the Future Circular Collider (FCC) study. But colliders are just one way to address fundamental physics questions, and in September CERN hosted a kick-off meeting to explore opportunities for physics beyond colliders based on the laboratory’s existing accelerator infrastructure. This issue of the Courier also describes the scintillating activities of CERN’s Crystal Clear collaboration, which this month celebrates 25 years of developing detectors for physics and medicine, and we catch up with Kip Thorne – the visionary theorist who correctly predicted that a pair of coalescing black holes can produce a detectable burst of gravitational waves.

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