Physics

'Neutrinoless' Double-Beta Decay Gets An Experiment

A theorized particle process, called neutrinoless double-beta decay, could revise our understanding of ghostly particles called neutrinos, and of their role in the formation of the universe. But there is no evidence it actually exists. The CUPID-Mo experim ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 13 2020 - 12:05pm

Systematic Uncertainties: The Heart Of The Matter In Physics Measurement

Experimental physics is about investigating the world in a quantitative manner, by exploiting our technology to carefully map the wealth of phenomena that make planets turn around stars, atoms stick together, and hearts to beat. All of that can be understo ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Jul 22 2020 - 8:42am

The Cosmic Microwave Background From Harmonic Oscillators? Maybe.

U nification of General Relativity with Quantum Field Theory is the greatest mystery of physics, the holy grail of theoretical physics, and also a graveyard of theories. Everyone who has chosen has chosen poorly so far. Working on this problem from anothe ...

Blog Post - Hontas Farmer - Jul 27 2020 - 10:59am

Higgs Decay To Muons: CMS Wins The Race

As of late we have been scratching the barrel of "straightforward" measurements of the properties of the Higgs boson, the particle discovered in 2012 by the Large Hadron Collider ATLAS and CMS experiments. But the one property determined in the m ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Aug 3 2020 - 9:36am

Twistors: A New Direction For A Unified Theory

What is a twistor, and why should we care? Well, I may not be the most qualified blogger out here to give you an answer, but I will try to at least give you an idea. Before I do, though, maybe first of all I should say why I am discussing here a rather obs ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Aug 16 2020 - 1:28pm

Assholery In Academia

Have you ever behaved like an a**hole? Or did you ever have the impulse to do so? Did you ever use your position, your status, your authority to please yourself by crushing some ego? Please answer this in good faith to yourself- nobody is looking behind yo ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Aug 18 2020 - 6:20pm

A New Method For Muon Energy Measurement In A Granular Calorimeter

Muons are very special particles. They are charged particles that obey the same physical laws and interaction phenomenology of electrons, but their 207 times heavier mass (105 MeV, versus the half MeV of electrons) makes them behave in an entirely differen ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Aug 26 2020 - 2:20pm

What It Means To Be Anti-Science

"Anti-scientific thinking" is a bad disease of our time, and one which may affect a wide range of human beings, from illiterate fanatics such as anti-vaxxers and religious fundamentalists on one side, to highly-educated and brilliant individuals ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Sep 14 2020 - 9:48am

The Hunt For A Cool Rare Decay Of W Bosons

W bosons, what are they? To answer this question, let me first tell you that our world is made of matter held together by forces. If you look deep within, you will realize that matter is essentially constituted by "fermions": quarks and leptons, ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Sep 23 2020 - 11:52am

How To Murder A Quasiparticle

In large systems of interacting particles in quantum mechanics, groups of particles can begin to behave like single particles. Physicists refer to such groups of particles as quasiparticles and while they live, they are useful in helping us understand supe ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 28 2020 - 10:32am