In 2007, while studying archival data from the Parkes radio telescope in Australia, Duncan Lorimer and his student David Narkevic of West Virginia University in the US found a short, bright burst of radio waves. […]

How beauty leads physics astray Lost in Math – How beauty leads physics astray, by Sabine Hossenfelder, Basic Books In Lost in Math, theoretical physicist Sabine Hossenfelder embarks on a soul-searching journey across contemporary theoretical particle […]

People and things Professor Werner Heisenberg died on 1 February 1976. One of the great figures in physics, he was amongst the most active and influential scientists who worked for the creation of CERN. Born in […]

One hundred and fifty years since Dmitri Mendeleev revolutionised chemistry with the periodic table of the elements, an international team of researchers has resolved a longstanding question about one of its more mysterious regions – […]

New wheel-shaped detectors that allow a better trigger and measurement capability for muons are among numerous transformations taking place to maintain the ATLAS physics programme into Run 3 and beyond.

One of the biggest challenges for the CMS collaboration during LS2 is to prepare its detector for the massive future installations necessary for the HL-LHC.

The discovery of the Higgs boson at the LHC in the summer of 2012 set particle physics on a new course of exploration. While the LHC experiments have determined many of the properties of the […]

New gravitational-wave events The LIGO and VIRGO collaborations have detected four new gravitational-wave events, bringing the total number of observed events since the first detection in 2015 to 11. Ten of these events are from […]

Rocio Perez-Ochoa from Spain has a PhD in experimental particle physics and, following a stint in quantitative finance, now runs a company that distributes life- improving products in rural Kenya. Rocio is a member of the CERN Alumni Network:

One of the most fascinating particles studied at the LHC is the top quark. As the heaviest elementary particle to date, the top quark lives for less than a trillionth of a trillionth of a […]

Throughout LHC Run 2, LHCb has been flooded by b- and c-hadrons due to the large beauty and charm production cross-sections within the experiment’s acceptance. To cope with this abundant flux of signal particles and […]

Going from the LHC to a 100  km-circumference supercollider is a daunting challenge, but the community has made similar jumps in the past – and the future of fundamental exploration is at stake.

In our current understanding of the energy content of the universe, there are two major unknowns: the nature of a non-luminous component of matter (dark matter) and the origin of the accelerating expansion of the […]

FACET-II, a new facility for accelerator research at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in California, has produced its first electrons. FACET-II is an upgrade to the Facility for Advanced Accelerator Experimental Tests (FACET), which operated from […]

The European Committee for Future Accelerators is assessing individual recognition in large collaborations, not just for the benefit of early-career researchers but for the field as a whole.

The last few years have seen an explosion of original ideas concerning whether the universe is “natural” or not, and the LHC has brought the issue into sharp focus. But we’re only at the beginning of our understanding, says theorist Nathaniel Craig.

The ALICE experiment is being tuned up to make even more precise measurements of the quark–gluon plasma and other extreme nuclear systems.

The AWAKE experiment at CERN has passed an important milestone towards compact, high-energy accelerators for applications in future high-energy physics experiments. Reporting in Nature on 29 August, the 18 institute-strong international collaboration has for the first […]

The ALPHA experiment at CERN’s Antiproton Decelerator (AD) has made yet another seminal measurement of the properties of antiatoms. Following its determination last year of both the ground-state hyperfine and the 1S–2S transitions in antihydrogen, […]

The European Union (EU) has committed €17 million to help bring a total of 170 breakthrough detection and imaging ideas to market. Led by CERN and funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, the ATTRACT initiative […]

The US National Science Foundation (NSF) has launched a $25 million effort to help tackle the torrent of data from the High-Luminosity Large Hadron Collider (HL-LHC). The Institute for Research and Innovation in Software for High-Energy […]

On 12 September, the Japanese government granted seed funding towards the construction of the Hyper-Kamiokande experiment, a next-generation detector for the study of neutrinos. Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) allocated […]

The European Committee for Future Accelerators (ECFA) has created a working group to examine the recognition of individual achievements in large scientific collaborations. Based on feedback from an initial survey of the leaders of 29 […]

A new technology has enabled the STAR collaboration at Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collider (RHIC) to greatly expand its ability to reconstruct short-lived charm hadron decays, even in collisions containing thousands of tracks. A […]

One of the main objectives of the ALICE physics programme for future LHC runs is the precise measurement of the e+e− (dielectron) invariant-mass continuum produced in heavy-ion collisions. In contrast to strongly interacting hadronic probes, […]