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Physics Division Hosts High School Students, Teachers for Workshop
The group participated in the five-day workshop on “Physics in and Through Cosmology” last week. Presentations from Lab researchers covered such topics as cosmic rays and high-energy neutrinos, the ATLAS experiment, dark matter, dark energy, and the cosmic microwave background. Nobel-prize winner Saul Perlmutter also led a discussion.
Physics Matters for ATLAS Intern Katie Dunne
In high school, Katie Dunne dreamed of becoming a physicist but didn’t know anyone who worked in science. This summer, as a Berkeley Lab Undergraduate Research intern, she is working with her mentor Maurice Garcia-Sciveres to build prototype integrated circuit test systems for ATLAS as part of the High Luminosity Large Hadron Collider Project. More>
DESI, POLARBEAR/Simons Array Teams Gather at the Lab
Researchers with the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) collaboration and POLARBEAR/Simons Array collaboration met at the Lab to talk about technical progress on their respective projects. DESI seeks to create the largest 3-D map of the universe, while POLARBEAR is observing the most ancient light in the universe for hints of a period of rapid expansion. More>
10 Things You Should Know About Jennet Dickinson
Dickinson, a graduate student in the Physics Division’s ATALAS program, made it onto a Glee DVD, is a “Latin Legend,” fudges the truth to play campus softball, and has a thing for holiday socks. Go here to learn more. Are there 10 things we should know about you or someone you work with? If so, send email to
Are We Living in a Giant Cosmic Void?
Voids, vast expanses of nearly empty space, account for about 80 percent of the observable universe. Researchers say the Milky Way may float near the center of one of these voids. The Lab’s Greg Aldering says the voids are “kind of like bubbles, they get bigger and bigger as the universe not only expands, but as more galaxies get pulled out over time.” More>
Former Lab Physicist Jerry Nelson Passes Away; Symposium Planned
Nelson was a pioneer in the design and development of segmented mirrors that enabled a new generation of large-scale telescopes. He died at his home in Santa Cruz on June 10. He was 73. A July 13-14 symposium that was already planned for Nelson, professor emeritus at UC Santa Cruz, will now serve as a memorial celebration. More>
Heavy Particles Get Caught Up in the Flow
New, high-precision measurements of the subatomic mix of particles produced by smashing gold nuclei together benefit from a Berkeley Lab-developed device known as the “Heavy Flavor Tracker.” The collisions free the quarks and gluons from their confinement within ordinary particles so their interactions, and the force that holds them together, can be studied by nuclear physicists. More>
Murayama, Doudna Contribute to Book Celebrating Centennial of Einstein Theory
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, the Einstein Legacy Project is collecting the visions of 100 leading innovators, artists, scientists, and visionaries in the world’s first 3D-printed book. Lab physicist Hitoshi Murayama and bioscientist Jennifer Doudna are among the “genius” contributors, along with former Lab Director Steve Chu. More>

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