Physics

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

The Theory Of Almost Everything, God Speed Jim Bridenstine, Lady Gaga's Anthem A Subtle Comment.

A Theory of Everything has been the subject of many pages of journals and of much more ink spilled. Sean Carroll makes the point that at low energies, and within a domain of validity that applies to every day physics, we have such a theory already.  Every ...

Blog Post - Hontas Farmer - Jan 27 2021 - 10:17am

CMS Leads Search For Higgs Pair Production

Eight years ago the CMS and ATLAS experiments, giant electronic eyes watching proton-proton collisions delivered in their interior by the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC), discovered the Higgs boson. That particle was the last piece of the subnuclear puzzl ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Jan 28 2021 - 5:40am

Challenge: Measure Muons Energy With High-School Math And Win A Mug!

Today I wish to offer you, dear reader, the chance to contribute to scientific research in particle physics. And I claim you can do that by only leveraging basic high-school knowledge in mathematics and geometry. Let me explain what the problem is, first o ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Feb 8 2021 - 8:34am

A New CMS Discovery: The Xi_b** Baryon

Wait, I can almost hear you say it: "Xi_b what? Let's move on, where's the sports section?" Ok, if you need to, please go. But do not underestimate excited Xi_b baryons. They are a helluva lot of fun to watch as they pop into existence ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Mar 2 2021 - 6:20am