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Large Hadron Collider Kicks Off 2017 Season of Physics Research
In 2017, operators are hoping to produce the same number of collisions as in 2016, but over a shorter period, since the LHC started up a month later due to an extended year-end technical stop. Berkeley Lab researchers collaborate on ATLAS and ALICE, two among seven detector experiments at the LHC. More>
‘Phantom of the Universe’ Honored at International Planetarium Festival
Phantom of the Universe, which explores the search for dark matter, was created and executive produced by Michael Barnett of the Physics Division. The FullDome Festival gave the film an honorable mention. More>
CERN Celebrates Completion of New Linear Particle Accelerator
The new particle accelerator is a key component in a High Luminosity Large Hadron Collider upgrade project. Berkeley Lab is part of a collaboration that has built prototype superconducting magnets for this upgrade, which is expected to increase particle beam energy and intensity, and will generate a higher volume of data. More>
The Future Shines Bright for SULI Intern Zachary Raha
As a kid, Raha would make maps of his house, neighborhood, and the park on giant sheets of sketch paper. These days he’s mapping the expansion history of the universe as illustrated by Type Ia supernovae. Raha recently completed a Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship with Nobel laureate Saul Perlmutter (Physics Division). More>
Measurements Suggest ‘Antineutrino Anomaly’ Fueled by Modeling Error
Results from a new study involving Berkeley Lab scientists could explain a mismatch between predictions and recent measurements of ghostly particles streaming from nuclear reactors — the so-called “reactor antineutrino anomaly” that has puzzled physicists since 2011. More>
How to Make a Discovery…a Dance Between Theory and Experiment
For particle physicists, says Lab physicist Robert Cahn, the scientific method isn’t so much going from hypothesis to conclusion, but rather “an exploration in which we measure with as much precision as possible a variety of quantities that we hope will reveal something new." More>
March 29 Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Colloquium
Soren Prestemon of the Lab’s Engineering Division will speak on "The Berkeley Center for Magnet Technology" from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. The center integrates accelerator physicists and magnet researchers, magnet design engineers, and fabrication teams, to foster the development and reliable delivery of new magnet technology. More>
New Study Maps Space Dust in 3-D
A new Berkeley Lab-led study provides detailed 3-D views of space dust in the Milky Way, which could help us understand the properties of this dust and how it affects views of distant objects. The study was led by Edward Schlafly, a Hubble Fellow in the Physics Division. More>

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