Higgs Decay To Muons: CMS Wins The Race

As of late we have been scratching the barrel of "straightforward" measurements of the properties...

Systematic Uncertainties: The Heart Of The Matter In Physics Measurement

Experimental physics is about investigating the world in a quantitative manner, by exploiting our...

An Online, Interactive Conversation With David Orban July 6th, 7PM CET

On July 6th, at 7PM CET (1PM in NY, 10AM in California) I will be chatting online with David Orban...

A Nice Swindle

It is not a secret that I love chess, and that whenever I have the chance to play some online blitz...

 Tommaso Dorigo Tommaso Dorigo is an experimental particle physicist, who works for the INFN at the University of Padova, and collaborates with the CMS experiment at the CERN LHC. He coordinates the European network... Read More » Blogroll

Live Now: Supernova Hunt With the Virtual Telescope!

May 25 2009 | comment(s)

http://www.coelumstream.com/ is broadcasting live images of galaxies, to be compared with reference images in search for supernovaes. A commentary is provided in Italian and English. Join NOW!

Below is a screenshot of what is being shown now.

Planck 2009

May 25 2009 | comment(s)

This morning the Planck 09 conference started at the Auditorium Altinate (see picture, right) in Padova. For a week, theorists and experimentalists will discuss hot topics in a variety of fields, from particle physics to cosmology, to string theory. A PDF file with the program is online.
$H \to WW \to l \nu l \nu$

Tevatron Higgs Limits Strengthened By A New Theoretical Study

May 24 2009 | comment(s)

A new paper in the Arxiv attracted my attention this morning. It is titled "Perturbative QCD effects and the search for a $H \to WW \to l \nu l \nu$ signal at the Tevatron", and is authored by a set of quite distinguished theorists: C.Anastasiou, G.Dissertori, M.Grazzini, F.Stockli, and B.Webber.

CDF Vs. DZERO: And The Winner Is...

May 21 2009 | comment(s)

Last Tuesday CDF announced their own discovery of the Omega_b baryon, a measurement which creates a controversy with the competing experiment at the Tevatron collider, DZERO. That is because DZERO had already claimed discovery for that particle, almost one year ago, and because the two measurements disagree wildly with each other. Just browse through my past few posts in this column and you will find all the information you need (how lazy can one be with links?).

The Say of the Week

May 21 2009 | comment(s)

"I seldom enjoy competition in real life. I find it fun only when I am up against somebody who takes things more seriously than I do."

QDS

Live streaming of Omega B Discovery by CDF NOW!

May 19 2009 | comment(s)

In thirty minutes (4 PM Chicago time) a live streaming of the Omega_b discovery by CDF will be broadcast at this link: http://vms-db-srv.fnal.gov/fmi/xsl/VMS_Site_2/000Return/video/r_live.xsl

Please follow it if you are interested in particle physics - Pat Lukens, the main author of the analysis, and a very experienced and skilled physicist who has spent the better part of his life for the good of the CDF experiment, will be discussing this fantastic new analysis for all of us.