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Profiting from the long view

Profiting from the long view

We can measure and analyse accumulated superconducting RF (SRF) operating experience in broad, high-level terms using the “cryomodule century”, or CC. Ten cryomodules operating for a decad...

Big Science, bigger outreach

Big Science, bigger outreach

In 1609 Galileo Galilei made the first recorded telescope observations of the night sky – an event that is being celebrated all through 2009 in the International Year of Astronomy. He soon ran i...

The age of citizen cyberscience

The age of citizen cyberscience

I first met Rytis Slatkevicius in 2006, when he was 18. At the time, he had assembled the world’s largest database of prime numbers. He had done this by harnessing the spare processing power of ...

SRF technology comes full circle

SRF technology comes full circle

Nearly a half-century ago, researchers at Stanford University began investigating superconducting RF (SRF) acceleration. They would not have been surprised to learn that by 1994, SRF had come int...

Will the LHC surprise us?

Will the LHC surprise us?

Will the LHC surprise us? I hope so. Having failed to find any completely unexpected new physics for more than 30 years, we clearly need nature’s help to progress, and the case is good. The...

Will the LHC reveal the unexpected?

Will the LHC reveal the unexpected?

This autumn, commissioning should be in full swing on the LHC at CERN, the world’s largest laboratory for the study of subnuclear physics. So it is entirely appropriate that the 46th Course of t...

A vision for the future of CERN

A vision for the future of CERN

CERN is a de facto global laboratory, with the LHC set to be the centre of particle-physics research for a decade or more, and comprises the largest scientific user community in the world. More t...

An Indian dream come true

An Indian dream come true

India’s accelerator pioneers began to build the Calcutta cyclotron in the early 1970s but soon found that the industrial infrastructure was not geared up to provide the necessary level of techno...

Why particle physics needs stability

Why particle physics needs stability

A premature end to SLAC’s B-factory, a stop to UK investment in the International Linear Collider (ILC) project and more than 300 lay-offs at Fermilab and SLAC – 2007 ended on a bad n...

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