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, […]

Ten years ago, the first in a series of annual meetings devoted to the theoretical and experimental understanding of massive hadronically decaying particles with high transverse momenta took place at SLAC. These “BOOST” workshops coincided […]

This year, the LHCb collaboration reached an important milestone in its fixed-target physics programme, publishing two key results on the production rates of particles in proton–ion collisions: measurements of the cross section of antiprotons that […]

The observation of the Higgs-boson decay to bottom quark–antiquark (bb̅) by the CMS experiment is a seminal achievement that sheds light on one of the key missing pieces of the Higgs sector of the Standard […]

Première mondiale pour l’accélération d’électrons par AWAKE • L’expérience ALPHA fait passer l’antihydrogène au niveau supérieur • Détecteurs et imagerie de pointe : l’UE lance un appel à projets • Un projet américain pour développer le traitement des données du HL-LHC • Le détecteur Hyper-K en construction dès 2020 • Quelle reconnaissance individuelle dans les grandes collaborations ? • Du silicium ultrafin pour l’imagerie de STAR • Premiers résultats sur les diélectrons de masse faible • Sous-structures des jets : dix ans d’avancées • LHCb : la physique à cible fixe en mode « collisions » • La désintégration du boson de Higgs en quarks b observée • L’énigme d’une ancienne explosion stellaire peut-être résolue

Since the discovery of high-energy extragalactic neutrinos by the IceCube collaboration in 2013, the hunt for the sources of such extreme cosmic events has been a major focus of neutrino astronomy. Now, in a multi-messenger […]

Dark energy and dark matter together make up about 95% of the universe, yet we do not know the origin, constituents, or dynamics (apart from gravity) of these substances. Various extensions of the Standard Model […]

Since the beginning of the LHC physics programme in 2010, the LHCb collaboration has been working to drive down the uncertainty on the least-precisely measured angle of the unitarity triangle, γ. The unitarity triangle exists […]

The ALICE collaboration has released a new measurement of the production of D0, D+, D*+ and Ds+ mesons, which contain a charm quark, in lead–lead (PbPb) collisions at a centre-of-mass energy per nucleon pair (√sNN) […]

New-Zealand company MARS Bioimaging Ltd has used technology developed at CERN to perform the first colour 3D X-ray of a human body, offering more accurate medical diagnoses. Father and son researchers Phil and Anthony Butler […]

A new experiment at Fermilab in the US, designed to make the most precise measurement of the muon’s magnetic moment, has completed its first physics data-taking campaign, showing promising results. Experiment E989 is a reincarnation […]

On 28 June, the US Department of Energy and the Italian Embassy, on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, signed a collaboration agreement concerning the international Short Baseline Neutrino (SBN) programme […]

The Brout–Englert–Higgs mechanism solves the apparent theoretical impossibility of allowing weak vector bosons (the W and Z) to acquire mass. The discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012 via its decays into photons, Z and […]

During its closed session on 14 June, the CERN Council decided, by consensus, the venues and dates for two key meetings concerning the upcoming update of the European strategy for particle physics. An open symposium, […]

On 28 June, 200 servers from the CERN computing centre were donated to Kathmandu University (KU) in Nepal. The equipment, which is no longer needed by CERN, will contribute towards a new high-performance computing facility […]

Un neutrino détecté par IceCube nous aiguille sur l’origine des rayons cosmiques • Moment magnétique du muon : ça se précise • Les dates de la mise à jour de la stratégie ont été fixées • Première utilisation sur l’homme de l’imagerie 3D par rayons X en couleur • L’Italie et les États-Unis s’allient dans la quête des neutrinos stériles • Un geste pour stimuler l’informatique haute performance au Népal • ATLAS observe la désintégration du Higgs en quarks b • CMS s’aventure dans le noir • LHCb teste la cohérence interne du triangle de l’unitarité • Des mésons charmés pour mieux comprendre le plasma quarks-gluons • Le tricot sous toutes les coutures • La relativité réussit un test à l’échelle galactique

A ceremony at CERN on 15 June celebrated the start of civil-engineering works for the high-luminosity upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider (HL-LHC). The upgrade will allow about 10 times more data to be accumulated by […]

Muons have been accelerated by a radio-frequency accelerator for the first time, in an experiment performed at the Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex (J-PARC) in Tokai, Japan. The work paves the way for a compact […]

On 2 May, the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Virginia, US, celebrated the completion of the 12 GeV CEBAF upgrade project. The $338 million upgrade has tripled CEBAF’s original operating energy and will allow, among other […]

A new facility called the Higgs Centre for Innovation opened at the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh on 25 May as part of the UK government’s efforts to boost productivity and innovation. The centre, named after Peter […]

On 28 May, the world’s largest and most sensitive detector for direct searches of dark matter in the form of weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) released its latest results. XENON1T, a 3D-imaging liquid-xenon time projection […]

CERN’s radioactive ion-beam facility ISOLDE has stamped a new coin in its impressive collection. Long considered the domain of high-energy, in-flight rare-isotope facilities, chromium has now been produced at ISOLDE in prodigious quantities, thanks to […]

Bottomonium mesons, composed of beauty quark–antiquark pairs bound to each other through the strong force, play a special role in our understanding of hadron formation because the large quark mass allows important simplifications in the […]

Last year, the LHCb collaboration announced the first observation of the Ξcc++ baryon, a doubly charmed particle (CERN Courier July/August 2017 p8). It was identified via the decay Ξcc++ → Λc+ K–π+π+, with the Λc+ baryon subsequently […]

One of the key goals in exploring the properties of QCD matter is to determine the minimum value of the shear viscosity to entropy density ratio (η/s) for an ideal fluid. In heavy-ion collisions at […]