Physics

Five Tips For Particle Physics PhD Students, Reloaded

For some reason today I remembered that 11 years ago (wow time flies) I wrote a two-parts piece on advices for PhD students doing a thesis in experimental particle physics. As I checked it out, I found that I mostly share the views I had back then (TBH th ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Oct 8 2020 - 5:42pm

Build Your Own Hadron

Every time I lecture my students about the static quark model I find that the construction of hadrons from their constituents is really entertaining. Probably I have more fun than my students as I explain the details, but today you get to be the judge- I a ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Oct 20 2020 - 9:23am

Follow A Workshop On Artificial Intelligence- Sunday, November 8th, 8AM- 10AM GMT

Tomorrow- that is, November 8th, at 8AM GMT- I am chairing a session titled " Artificial Intelligence for Physics Research, and Physics Research for Artificial Intelligence " at the Vth USERN Congress. The event takes place in Tehran, and is broa ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Nov 7 2020 - 2:34pm

Is A Z' Signal Hiding In ATLAS TtH Data?

I was blissfully unaware until today of a slightly anomalous effect, which was found by the ATLAS Collaboration when performing a search for top pairs plus Higgs bosons in their Run 2 data. The anomaly I am talking about is an apparent excess of events whi ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Nov 17 2020 - 4:57am

What Is A LHC Signal More Cool Than The Higgs? Two Higgses

That's right- I finally hit the ground with my creativity, and my jokes are starting to use old material for my post titles. Yet producing a pair of Higgs bosons in a proton-proton collision is seriously cool indeed. The Higgs boson in fact is one of ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Nov 30 2020 - 1:55pm

Carbon Life: Triple-Alpha Reaction Inside Stars May Be Much Faster Than Thought

Nearly all of the atoms that make up the our planet and us were forged in stars and the carbon most important to life as we know it was made by the triple-alpha process. The process starts with alpha particles, cores of helium atoms, with each alpha partic ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 4 2020 - 11:27am

Gravitational Wave Detection Using A Circular Particle Accelerator.

G ravitational waves and particle physics experiments being mixed is  something  I  have theorized  about for  a couple of years (1).     Now a new paper by  Suvrat  Rao,  Marcus  Brüggen, and  Jochen  Liske has  taken  this to  another  level (2).   They ...

Blog Post - Hontas Farmer - Dec 5 2020 - 12:01am

Could We See LHC Neutrinos In IceCube? The Answer, As Always, Is Five Sigma

For the (likely going to be dramatically unsuccessful) series "Q uestions you would have liked your son asked you when you visited CERN together ", I feature today a rather unconventional curiosity about LHC and neutrino physics. The source of in ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Dec 11 2020 - 5:02am

2020 Review, 2021 Agenda

Everybody would agree that 2020 was a difficult time for all of us- the pandemic forced on us dramatic changes in our way of living, working, and interacting with one another; and let's leave alone the horrible, avoidable death toll that came with it. ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Jan 1 2021 - 2:10pm

Playing With Radioactivity

Broadly speaking, radioactivity is not something one should mess with just as a pastime. Indeed, ionizing radiation has the potential of causing carcinogenic mutations in your cells DNA, as well as produce damage to cell tissue. Indeed, it makes me chuckle ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Jan 20 2021 - 10:50am