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Be Careful Waking Up a Sleeping Blog

2 Sep 2014, 14:38 UTC
Be Careful Waking Up a Sleeping Blog
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After a very busy few months, in which a move to a new city forced me to curtail all work on this website, I’m looking to bring the blog gradually out of hibernation. [Wordsmiths and Latinists: what is the summer equivalent?] Even so, a host of responsibilities, requirements, grant applications, etc. will force me to ramp up the frequency of posts rather slowly. In the meantime I will be continuing for a second year as a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard physics department, where I am doing high-energy physics research, most of it related to the Large Hadron Collider [LHC].
Although the LHC won’t start again until sometime next year (at 60% more energy per proton-proton collision than in 2012), the LHC experimenters have not been sleeping through the summer of 2014… far from it. The rich 2011-2012 LHC data set is still being used for new particle physics measurements by ATLAS, CMS, and LHCb. These new and impressive results are mostly aimed at answering a fundamental question that faces high-energy physics today: Is the Standard Model* the full description of particle physics at the energies accessible to the LHC? Our understanding of nature at the smallest distances, and the ...

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