Deadwood, SD

Deadwood, South Dakota it is for this week. The IX International Conference on Interconnections between Particle Physics and Cosmology (PPC2015) at The Lodge at Deadwood, to be even more precise. Yesterday we had our excursion to Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse, today I gave my presentation on Dark Matter searches in ATLAS (so I’m done with the compulsory part .. hehe) and tonight we’ll have the conference dinner :)

It’s all a bit in the middle of nowhere, but it’s seemingly really beautiful landscape in the Black Hills and the Badlands. Unfortunately, I ain’t got no time to see it all, or even a small part for that sake.

Science Night in Garching

Yesterday, I had yet another great Build Your Own Particle Detector outreach event as part of the Science Night in Garching. With the large Atlas Lego model, a little particle physics exhibition and a great team of students from my group at LMU, we managed to talk to hundreds of visitors. And 36 models entering the BYOPD competition (also for the audience award) is not a bad number either :)

Looking forward to the next one … 25 September 2015 at Balexert in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Bang!!! 13 TeV

Earlier today the Large Hadron Collider, for the first time ever, reached collisions at 13 TeV centre-of-mass energy.
We’re not yet fully back in physics operation, but only about two weeks away (according to the current schedule).

It’s getting more and more exciting and more and more busy these days :)
Here’s a few images of the LHC configuration and events in ATLAS, from earlier today.

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