Tag Archives: ICHEP

Colliding Particles: Episode 7

Is now online here. See also The Guardian.

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Scuffling over Prizes

This post is also available at The Guardian. I have to say I think this is all a bit pathetic. I had thought there were three contenders for a Nobel Prize when* the Higgs Boson is finally discovered. Peter Higgs, … Continue reading

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You say Tomaydo, je dis la Tomate

Home again after the excitement of ICHEP, extensively blogged for the Guardian. No physics in this post; even I need a break from it. A week of ICHEP was followed by a small add-on meeting at LAL Orsay, so I’ve … Continue reading

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Sarkozy and the Higgs

A lot happened at ICHEP today, but I’ll stick to the presidential address and the Higgs. Quick Higgs recap: we know that something gives particles mass. According to our best theory, known as the Standard Model, it is theHiggs boson. And … Continue reading

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ICHEP is over, long live ICHEP

ICHEP now moves from the parallel to the plenary sessions. Some people leave, some arrive. Some, like me, stay. On Friday evening we had concert by a string quartet dressed as the Reservoir Dogs in the beautiful Hotel de Ville de Paris. Debussy’s … Continue reading

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More Bosons and a Geeky Backpack

Ok, I registered, and now have yet another geeky backpack, a pen, and a map of Paris. Plus a dog-tag with my name and “ICHEP 2010″ on so that security don’t throw me out. Excellent. Off to a day of … Continue reading

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Heading off to ICHEP

I’m writing this on the Eurostar at St.Pancras, waiting for it to pull out of the station and take us to Paris, and the International Conference on High Energy Physics (ICHEP). Of course there are many international conferences on high energy … Continue reading

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Quarks, Gluons and Jets

An updated version of this post is now on The Guardian. Yesterday we (ATLAS) released our first (preliminary) jet cross section measurement. “Cross section” in this context is basically a probability. If you fire two footballs at each other, they … Continue reading

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