Today at Berkeley Lab

Fill Out Your ‘Physics Madness’ Bracket to Determine the Top Machine

March is here, and that means one thing: brackets. We’ve matched up 16 of the coolest pieces of particle physics equipment that help scientists answer big questions about our universe. Your vote will decide this year’s favorite. The machines include such Lab collaborations as Daya Bay (pictured), IceCube, LUX, and LHC. More>

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Large Hadron Collider Ramps Up to Shed Light on Dark Matter

Last week word was announced that the Large Hadron Collider will soon be online again, after taking two years off for an upgrade. Many lab researchers have been involved with various research efforts at the LHC. The Guardian has more on the restart.

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Lab Nuclear Scientist Explains How Physicists Replicate the Big Bang

In a short video, Peter Jacobs discusses the ALICE experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. ALICE creates an unusual type of matter called quark-gluon plasma, similar to the matter that dominated the universe just microseconds after the Big Bang. Read more about Jacobs and the upcoming LHC restart here.

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Nuclear Science Day for Girl/Boy Scouts on April 4

The event, now in its fifth year, is hosted by the Nuclear Science Division, Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics Division, and Workforce Development and Education. Volunteers are sought to assist, and employees with connections to scout troops are encouraged to invite them to sign up. More>

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Instrumentation Talk on Radiation Detection Developments

Kai Vetter will present an Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Colloquium talk on “Radiation Detection Developments in the Berkeley Applied Nuclear Physics Program,” on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at noon in Building 15-253. The presentation will be lived streamed here. More>

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Lattice QCD Calculations Reveal Inner Workings of Lightest Nuclei

Using resources at NERSC, a research team has demonstrated for the first time the ability of quantum chromodynamics (QCD) — a fundamental theory in particle physics — to calculate the magnetic structure of some of the lightest nuclei. More>

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BELLA, IceCube Makes Lists for Top Science Stories in 2014

Scientific American’s Best Physics Papers of 2014 list included one by Wim Leemans on the Lab’s compact accelerator, BELLA (#9 on list). BELLA also made the APS Top Ten Physics News Stories of 2014, as did the lab-involved neutrino project, IceCube.

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Barbara Jacak Appointed as Director of Nuclear Science Division

Jacak, formerly with the State University of New York — Stony Brook, has also accepted a joint appointment as faculty senior scientist at Berkeley Lab and professor of physics at UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on experimental study of quark gluon plasma. More>

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NSD’s Howard Wieman Receives APS Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics

Wieman was recognized “for developing foundational experimental and theoretical tools to enable and guide generations of experiments in relativistic heavy ion physics. The combination of experiment and theory led to the initial discoveries at RHIC, ongoing precision studies of the properties of hot nuclear matter, and to exploration of the nuclear matter phase diagram.” More>

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Hot Plasma Soup at the Dawn of the Universe

By combining data from two high-energy accelerators, nuclear scientists have refined the measurement of a remarkable property of exotic matter known as quark-gluon plasma. The findings reveal new aspects of the ultra-hot, “perfect fluid” that give clues to the state of the young universe just microseconds after the big bang. More>

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