It’s been five years already since the announcement of the discovery of the final and most intriguing particle of the Standard Model – the Higgs Boson! I joined the
official presentation/announcement remotely from the main auditorium of the ICHEP conference taking place in Melbourne at the time. It was quite the day … summed up nicely in a retrospective released by CERN just now.
And yes, the picture with Peter was taken about a year after the announcement, just after he’s been presented as Nobel laureate together with François Englert in 2013.
Just because it’s nice …
After a long day at ATLAS week, I managed to get up to
Grand Piton at Salève yesterday evening. Unfortunately a bit hazy, but still a great view and dinner spot :)
While being at CERN last week, I
stumbled into what is apparently known as a mannequin challenge. Learned something and had some fun, as you can see ay 0:13 and 0:23 :)
Last weekend I had a quick trip to Geneva. Aside the usual meetings at Cern, I had the pleasure to host another
BYOPD event. This time as part of the ‘ Nuit de la science‘ at the ‘ Musée d’histoire des sciences‘ on invitation of the Atlas group at the University of Geneva.
With in total 17 hours plus preparation and clean-up time, it was quite a bit of work, but it was certainly a lot of fun again. We had
over 80 contestants, ranging age three to 74, entering the competition and quite a few more people just chatting with us about particle physics, Cern, Atlas and whatnot.
We also had cloud chamber as well as the
ATLASrift as part of the particle physics contribution.
Franco Atirador/Wikimedia Commons/GNU Free Documentation License
CERN has confirmed that apparently a beech marten has caused “a short circuit in one of the electrical transformers [and] cut power to the LHC”.
And just because I heard the comment/joke twice already (sorry it’s in German, thx Basti) … das Tier war offensichtlich ein