The Standard Model (SM) is a triumph of modern physics, with unprecedented success in explaining the subatomic world. The Higgs boson, discovered in 2012, was the capstone of this amazing theory, yet this newly known […]

It is well known that the top quark, the heaviest known elementary particle, plays an important role in electroweak-symmetry breaking, and is also one of the most promising particles to be investigated in the search […]

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Storing data on videotape One of the problems in high-energy physics experiments is the handling and storage of large volumes of data. It is not unusual for an experiment to need a thousand magnetic tapes. […]

This slightly blurry distorted image of a rocky surface is more interesting than it might first appear. The small instrument responsible for the picture is the first of several robot “hoppers” to be deployed to […]

This year’s Nobel Prize in Physics was shared between three researchers for groundbreaking inventions in laser physics. Half the prize went to Arthur Ashkin of Bell Laboratories in the US for his work on optical […]

CHARM, a unique facility at CERN to test electronics in complex radiation environments, has been used to test its first full space system: a micro-satellite called CELESTA, developed by CERN in collaboration with the University […]

In late August, a beam of electrons successfully circulated for the first time through a new particle accelerator at Fermilab in the US. The Integrable Optics Test Accelerator (IOTA), a 40 m-circumference storage ring, is one […]

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The world’s largest liquid-argon neutrino detector has recorded its first particle tracks in tests at CERN, marking an important step towards the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) under preparation in the US. The enormous […]

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Although the quark model of hadrons is highly successful in describing how the quarks combine to form baryons and mesons, the internal mechanisms governing the dynamics of the strong force that binds quarks inside those […]

General relativity predicts very accurately how objects fall from a table and how planets move within the solar system. At larger scales, however, some issues arise. The most glaring is the theory’s prediction of the […]

In the summer of 1968, while a visitor in CERN’s theory division, Gabriele Veneziano wrote a paper titled “Construction of a crossing-symmetric, Regge behaved amplitude for linearly-rising trajectories”. He was trying to explain the strong interaction, but his paper wound up marking the beginning of string theory.

A recently developed detector based on inexpensive plastic scintillators paves the way for whole-body PET imaging and precision measurements of fundamental symmetries.