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The Summer View at CERN

27 Jul 2016, 12:32 UTC
The Summer View at CERN
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For the first time in some years, I’m spending two and a half weeks at CERN (the lab that hosts the Large Hadron Collider [LHC]). Most of my recent visits have been short or virtual, but this time* there’s a theory workshop that has collected together a number of theoretical particle physicists, and it’s a good opportunity for all of us to catch up with the latest creative ideas in the subject. It’s also an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the furtive immensity of Mont Blanc, a hulking bump on the southern horizon, although only if (as is rarely the case) nature offers clear and beautiful weather.
More importantly, new results on the data collected so far in 2016 at the LHC are coming very soon! They will be presented at the ICHEP conference that will be held in Chicago starting August 3rd. And there’s something we’ll be watching closely.
You may remember that in a post last December I wrote:
“Everybody wants to know. That bump seen on the ATLAS and CMS two-photon plots! What… IS… it…?“
Why the excitement? A bump of this type can be a signal of a new particle (as was the case ...

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