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29 Jul 2013 | Achintya Rao | Collaboration
Despite the violent nature of the particle collisions that take place inside the CMS detector, the cathedral-sized cavern in which it sits thirty storeys underground exudes a certain peaceful calm. This is all the more true during the ongoing period...
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19 Jul 2013 | Achintya Rao | Physics
CMS Experiment, CERN 25 July 2013 UPDATE: Last Friday, CMS and LHCb reported their individual results for the decay of Bs mesons into pairs of muons (see CMS results below). Yesterday, both collaborations jointly presented a preliminary combination...
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11 Jul 2013 | Piotr Traczyk | Engage with CMS
The CMS Guitar has already visited Point 5 in the past but this was her first time underground, with the detector itself. And not only did we take her down, Google Science Fair winner Jonah Kohn and I had an actual jam session in the experimental...
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05 Jul 2013 | Achintya Rao | Collaboration
CMS is in many ways a living entity, undergoing change from time to time, with components being replaced or upgraded as their ability to handle the LHC's collisions reduces. When the LHC returns to action in 2015, the collision-energy will be...
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03 Jul 2013 | Don Lincoln | Physics
One of the biggest unanswered questions of particle physics is why the mass of the Higgs boson is relatively small when the Standard Model suggests a more natural value would be many thousands of trillions of times higher. We don't know the answer...
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24 Jun 2013 | Marzena Lapka | Collaboration
Over recent weeks, members of the TE-VSC group have been removing seven components of the beam pipe located at the heart of the CMS detector. The delicate operations involved have been performed in several stages as the detector opening work has...
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31 May 2013 | Julia Velkovska | Physics
Observing a phenomenon for the first time helps us fine-tune our understanding of the Universe. CMS physicists found such a phenomenon in September 2012 in proton-lead collisions, an observation that has since been reinforced by much more data from...
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21 May 2013 | Achintya Rao | Collaboration
The EPS High Energy Physics Division announces the winners of its 2013 prizes, which will be awarded at the Europhysics Conference on High-Energy Physics (EPS-HEP 2013), Stockholm (Sweden) 18-24 July 2013 (http://eps-hep2013.eu/): The 2013 High...
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02 May 2013 | Alessandra Fanfani | Physics
CMS measures production rates up to high transverse momenta A decade after its unexpected discovery, the properties of the X(3872) exotic resonance are still under intense scrutiny. This state was first seen in 2003 by the Belle experiment and then...
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25 Mar 2013 | Marzena Lapka | Collaboration
The members of the CMS group at the University of Maryland were impressed when they learned of Sascha Mehlhase’s LEGO model of the ATLAS detector. They were also jealous, and so a group led by Jeff Temple, Marguerite Tonjes, and Jaime Gomez decided...
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18 Mar 2013 | Jim Pivarski | Physics
Sometimes, everyday words are co-opted by scientists and used as technical terms. One of these is the word “berry”. Talking to a botanist friend of mine, I learned that tomatoes are berries, but strawberries are not — the scientific meaning of a...
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16 Mar 2013 | Marzena Lapka | Collaboration
The Special Milner Fundamental Physics Prize is being awarded this week in recognition of the success of the international LHC Project, including the major contributions of the entire CMS collaboration, for the discovery of a Higgs boson as...
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