Today’s Nobel Prize awarded jointly to François Englert and Peter W. Higgs “for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider”.
Oscar Stål is one of the OKC fellows working at the Cosmology, Particle astrophysics and String theory group (CoPS) since August 2012. He is doing his second postdoc and his filed of interest is particle physics phenomenology. He is Swedish and studied both as undergraduate and for his PhD at Uppsala University, before moving to Hamburg.
Do you care about computing? Probably not, probably you are happy just knowing that all your stuff just works. But what “Does work” actually means? Let me try to give you a few reasons why you should actually care… and why it matters. Last week I was at the CHEP conference where the latest and greatest news of computing in high energy nuclear and particle physics were discussed.
The ATLAS experiment has almost completed the analysis of the first 2 inverse femtobarns(*) of data provided by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) until July this year.
On the forefront of the search for the Higgs boson, ATLAS and CMS, two of the LHC experiments aimed at measuring the Higgs boson signal, did not detect any signal excess so far.
Abram Krislock is a postdoc at the Oskar Klein Centre. He started working with Joakim Edsjö on Dark Matter just a couple of months ago. Let’s hear from him how things are going for him.
From a particle physicist point of view the search for dark matter is just the search for yet another exotic particle. But the search for a possible dark matter candidate in particle physics experiments has definitely a special place on a par with the search for the famous Higgs boson.