Physics

Roberto Carlin To Lead CMS Experiment In 2019-20

Great news for the CMS experiment- and for Italy, and for my institution, Padova, where I coordinate accelerator-based physics research for INFN. Professor Roberto Carlin, a longtime member of the CMS experiment, where he has taken many important roles in ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Feb 7 2018 - 4:43pm

Searching For Light Dark Matter: A Gedankenexperiment

Dark Matter (DM), the mysterious substance that vastly dominates the total mass of our universe, is certainly one of the most surprising and tough puzzles of contemporary science. We do not know what DM is, but on the other hand we have a large body of evi ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Feb 19 2018 - 11:38am

Diboson Resonances Review Available Online

This is just a short note- a record-keeping, if you like- to report that my long review on "Collider Searches for Diboson Resonances" has now appeared on the online Elsevier site of the journal "Progress of Particle and Nuclear Physics" ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Feb 22 2018 - 11:09am

Excited B_c State Seen By ATLAS Is Not Confirmed By LHCb

Statistical hypothesis testing is quite boring if you apply it to cases where you know the answer, or where the data speak loud and clear about one hypothesis being true or false. Life at the interface between testability and untestability is much more fun ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Mar 1 2018 - 1:13pm

String Theory, The Emperor Has No Clothes.

B rian Greene would say that those who doubt string theory just lack vision or  the capacity to understand it.  Balderdash!  String Theory is a beautiful system of mathematics which can be use to construct physical theories...but it is not science. ...

Blog Post - Hontas Farmer - Mar 6 2018 - 1:13am

RIP Stephen Hawking

I do not keep crocodiles[*] in my drawer, so this short piece will have to do today.... Stephen Hawking, the world-renowned British cosmologist, passed away yesterday, and with him we lost not only a bright thinker and all-round scientist, but also a perso ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Mar 14 2018 - 6:20am

Some Notes On Jester's Take On The Future Of HEP

I am very glad to observe that Adam Falkowsky has resumed his blogging activities (for how long, that's early to say). He published the other day a blog entry titled "Where were we", in which he offers his view of the present status of thing ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Mar 15 2018 - 6:23am

Energy Is Not A Substance And How To Easily Understand This

Energy is not a substance, not something in the sense of “some thing”. Energy often appears to be a substance that flows, for example if charging a battery or an electrical capacitor. When charging, also electrons flow into these devices, but as many elect ...

Article - Sascha Vongehr - Mar 25 2018 - 3:44am

NA62 Places Bid For Future Observation Of Super-Rare Kaon Decay

Yesterday's seminar at CERN by Giuseppe Ruggiero unveiled the preliminary results of a search for the rare decay of charged kaon into a pion and a neutrino-antineutrino pair, performed by the CERN NA62 experiment. The result in truth had been already ...

Blog Post - Tommaso Dorigo - Mar 28 2018 - 6:44am

Symmetry & Relativity, Sexy Virtual Reality (VR) In Modern Relativity Theory- All For Everybody

Relativity is a form of symmetry and for that reason already of fundamental importance for science. Symmetry means: You can change something in some quite fundamental way, for example rotate the whole circle, and yet, the result is in some other important ...

Article - Sascha Vongehr - Mar 30 2018 - 1:18am