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CERN FCC (Future Circular Collider) Design Reports

“The Future Circular Collider (FCC) Conceptual Design Report (CDR) is a four-volume document that demonstrates the technical feasibility and identifies the physics opportunities offered by the different collider options that form the core of the FCC study. It is the … Continue reading

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CERN LHC Long Shutdown 2 (LS2)

Run 2 (2015-2018) of CERN LHC operations ended.  There will be no physics experiments for the next 2 years. CERN accelerator complex will be upgraded during the long shutdown between now and spring 2021. During Run 2 each proton was … Continue reading

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Nobel Prizes for Accelerator/Beam Physics

In the field of accelerator/beam physics and technology there have been many epoch-making innovations but unfortunately only very few of those were recognized with a Nobel Prize. When I go through the list of Nobel laureates I see only these physicists … Continue reading

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Matthew Buckley’s particle physics tutorial articles at Boston Review

I highly recommend Matthew Buckley’s review articles at Boston Review. These are excellent tutorials. “This eight-part series maps the frontiers of contemporary particle physics. It begins with an introduction to the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, the seventeen-mile-long Large Hadron … Continue reading

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Live Beam Status at LHC

Happy mother’s day! LHC beams are colliding at 13 Tev (center-of-mass) energy again. The 4 LHC experiments (ATLAS, ALICE, CMS, LHCb) are collecting data. They are back in business after the long winter shut-down. You can watch the status of … Continue reading

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Large Hadron Collider Status Reports (September 23, 2015)

LHC Machine Status Report       ATLAS Status Report     CMS Status Report       LHCb Status Report     ALICE Status Report       TOTEM Status Report       LHCf Status Report     … Continue reading

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CERN LHC (Large Hadron Collider) is waking up

The Large Hadron Collider at CERN is waking up after a 2 year shutdown for major upgrades. My piece “The Pause that Refreshes: CERN LHC 2-year shut-down” from 2 years ago explains that these upgrades were necessary to double the … Continue reading

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First Female Director of CERN

Fabiola Gianotti will be the first female director-general of CERN starting on Jan 1, 2016. This is a 5-year position. She was the leader of the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) from March 2009 to February 2013. … Continue reading

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Those who walk in darkness shall see a great light

I wanted to share Barbara Cannon’s opening remarks at the Nobel ceremonies. This is one of the most eloquent speeches I have ever heard. She quoted Prophet Isaiah who said “those who walk in darkness shall see a great light.” … Continue reading

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Tension between Quantum Mechanics and Relativity

Universal speed limit In the late 19’th century it was noticed that the speed of light is independent of the reference frame. For example, the speed of light emitted from a fast moving train is the same as the speed … Continue reading

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Blessed are those who illuminate the darkness by their thoughts and ideas

The title of this post comes from Haji Bektash Veli. He also said “Science illuminates the paths of truth.” He lived in the 13th century. I remembered his famous sayings this morning when I heard the news that the Nobel … Continue reading

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ILC (International Linear Collider)

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN can be thought of as a giant microscope. In LHC physicists collide proton beams against each other and look for new particles in the collision debris. If the proton beams are energetic enough … Continue reading

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Why 3?

One of my most popular articles is Triangle. Another one is Number Symbolism. In both articles I mention the significance of 3. It seems to me that people intuitively understand the importance of 3 and they want to learn more. … Continue reading

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The pause that refreshes: CERN LHC 2-year shutdown

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN was shut down on Feb 14, 2013.  LHC will be down for the next two years. This is a pause that refreshes. The entire accelerator chain at CERN will be upgraded during this … Continue reading

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Stephen Hawking and CERN LHC leaders win the Fundamental Physics Prize

2012 Special Fundamental Physics Prize Stephen Hawking became the latest Fundamental Physics Prize laureate. He was awarded a special prize (3 million dollars) for his lifetime contributions to theoretical physics. The Fundamental Physics Prize Foundation noted his discovery of Hawking … Continue reading

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New Perspective on the Quantum Mechanical Nature: Seeking Freedom

Consciousness escapes the confinement of its own doing in myriad ways. Such is the Cosmic Play! Consciousness seeks freedom and liberation from bondage.  Consciousness achieves liberation through life. Escape mechanisms are different expressions of life. Quantum mechanical nature is one … Continue reading

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All particles are God particles

Ever since CERN announced the discovery of a new particle behaving like the theorized Higgs boson on July 4th 2012, the phrase “God particle” went viral on the internet. Everyone is talking about the “God particle.” Discovery of the Higgs … Continue reading

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