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18 Mar 2019 | Freya Blekman | Physics
After the discovery of the Higgs boson, CMS observed its interaction with some standard model particles like the bottom and top quark, the tau lepton, and the W and Z boson.  Measuring the strength of interactions with quarks and leptons (called...
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18 Mar 2019 | Freya Blekman | Physics
How long do fundamental particles live? In the Standard Model, we know particles can have many different lifetimes; from the top quark which decays in less than a millionth of a billionth of a billionth of a second, to stable particles like the...
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18 Mar 2019 | Freya Blekman | Physics
The High-Luminosity LHC is a major upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider that is expected to increase the luminosity by a factor of 10 beyond the design luminosity of the current LHC. This means, the data produced per year will be equal to the amount...
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18 Mar 2019 | Anonymous | Detector
In February, the CMS and MoEDAL collaborations at CERN signed an agreement to hand over to MoEDAL a section of the LHC beam pipe that was located inside CMS between 2008 and 2013. The delicate object, 6 metres long and made of beryllium, will now be...
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21 Feb 2019 | Andrea Giammanco | Detector
Suppose that you need to see what is inside a small room that is difficult to access. Thick walls between you and the object of your investigation; you cannot dig, and the closest that you can get to the target is inside a narrow tunnel, with no...
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05 Feb 2019 | Freya Blekman | Physics
In November 2018 the proton-proton running of the LHC Run 2 ended. The data collected in 2018 is the largest sample ever collected at the LHC. Just under three months after the final proton proton collisions were recorded, the CMS collaboration has...
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04 Feb 2019 | Marzena Lapka | Detector
*/ The CMS detector is built from several different layers, surrounding the beam pipe in which the LHC beams collide. The subdetector that is closest to the collisions is the pixel detector. It has a functionality similar to a digital camera...
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29 Jan 2019 | Benedikt Vormwald | Detector
After the LHC was shut down at the end of 2018, one might think that physicists working in the large experiments can sit back and relax. On the contrary, CMS will undergo an intensive upgrade and maintenance program during the two-year long break in...
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11 Jan 2019 | Marzena Lapka | Collaboration
The EPS Emmy Noether Distinction for Women in Physics 2018 has been attributed to a CMS member, Dr. Chiara Mariotti "for her outstanding contributions to the discovery and characterisation of the Higgs boson, for her leading role as founder and...
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14 Dec 2018 | Austin Ball | Detector
A successful four years of CMS detector operation came to an end last week and now we are beginning a new chapter. The next two-years of Long Shutdown (LS2) will mark an important transition for CMS. Against a background of the intensive 5-yearly...
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03 Dec 2018 | Freya Blekman | Physics
The top quark is the heaviest particle in the standard model, and since its discovery in 1995 at the Tevatron collider at Fermilab, its study has become prominent in furthering our understanding of fundamental physics. At the Large Hadron Collider,...
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03 Dec 2018 | Marzena Lapka | Collaboration
On Sunday 2nd December CMS recorded the last collisions to bring to a close a very successful LHC second running period (Run 2) that began in 2015. LHC has delivered to CMS 68 fb-1 of proton-proton collisions and almost 1.8 nb-1 of Pb-Pb collisions...
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