This July saw the 10th anniversary of the discovery of the Higgs boson at CERN by the ATLAS and CMS Collaborations. CERN celebrated with a symposium, taking a look at the results from the last ten years and thinking to the future. You can find recordings of the talks at the symposium, here: https://indico.cern.ch/event/1135177/timetable/ If… Continue reading 10th anniversary of the HIGGS BOSON
Dive into ATLAS at CERN for the Global Science Show
On Friday 13th November, I took part in the Global Science Show, a Virtual Science Festival which takes place on Twitter. This event was in collaboration with LGBTSTEM Day. The aim of the show is to "share global science & put a smile on faces". Each presenter gets a 10 minute window to share the… Continue reading Dive into ATLAS at CERN for the Global Science Show
Particle Physics at CERN – Live Talk | Fundraiser for Mermaids UK
Do you want to know how to measure a new particle and what the biggest questions in particle physics are? If so, then this 30 minute live talk about particle physics at CERN using the ATLAS detector is for you! After the presentation, there was a 30 minute question and answer session. This talk is… Continue reading Particle Physics at CERN – Live Talk | Fundraiser for Mermaids UK
Creating a custom science-themed laptop skin!
As an experimental particle physicist, my laptop is an extension of myself. I use it every day to work, to run my code, to talk to colleagues around the world, to check Twitter, and also to relax. I'm writing this post on it right now! Since I (usually) travel a lot, it's a vital way… Continue reading Creating a custom science-themed laptop skin!
On Call for the ATLAS experiment
This weekend I was on call for the @atlasexperiment, specifically for our control room shifts monitoring the Inner Detector. What does that mean? It means I left my weekend free to be called if someone who was scheduled to be on shift during this time gets sick, injured, or is otherwise unavailable. It wasn't likely… Continue reading On Call for the ATLAS experiment
As I mentioned in my last post, this week I'm at a workshop discussing the development of semiconductor devices that can survive in the very heart of experiments on the LHC (and beyond!). This collaboration is call RD50 and is, unimaginatively, the 50th research and development group at CERN. This workshop meets twice a year; once at… Continue reading RD50 Workshop
The last ten days or so I've spent at CERN testing new designs of pixel detectors for the ATLAS experiment. Since it was the IOP's #iamaphysicist event on the same day we were setting up, I tweeted out the following picture. https://twitter.com/claranellist/status/735752393724284930 To measure our pixel detectors, we need a beam of particles from a… Continue reading Test Beams
First 13 TeV Collisions with stable beams at CERN
Last Wednesday, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN started colliding protons with stable beams at the highest energy we've ever achieved! I had a very early start (alarm went off at 5.30am) to be in the ATLAS Control Room and tell everyone all about it on social media through the ATLAS Twitter accounts. There was… Continue reading First 13 TeV Collisions with stable beams at CERN
While I was curating the @RealScientists account and generally being a tourist at work around CERN, I snapped a photo of dishwasher that was being used to clean a readout board I needed for my test beam experiment. I put the photo up on Twitter and it got a little bit of attention. The photo… Continue reading CERN Dishwasher
Last week I was the curator of the Real Scientists Twitter account (@RealScientists). It coincided with a trip to CERN for a test beam experiment so I took full advantage of being on site to show as much of CERN as possible. I ended up having a lot of fun being a tourist in my own… Continue reading Real Scientists