Today at Berkeley Lab

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>

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Q&A with Kai Vetter on His Institute for Resilient Communities

Vetter, with the Nuclear Science Division, is a frequent visitor to the Fukushima Prefecture, site of one of the world’s worst nuclear accidents. He founded the Institute for Resilient Communities to help authorities better communicate critical scientific information following disasters. Chemical Sciences’ Rebecca Abergel is the institute’s deputy director. More>

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FIONA to Take on the Periodic Table’s Heavyweights

A new tool at Berkeley Lab will be taking on some of the periodic table’s latest heavyweight champions to see how their masses measure up to predictions. Dubbed FIONA, the device is designed to measure the mass numbers of individual atoms of super-heavy elements, which have higher masses than uranium. More>

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Scouts Visit Lab as Part of Nuclear Science Day

About 230 girl scouts, boy scouts and their leaders came to the Lab on April 29 and enjoyed a full day of science activities. The event attracted youth from local communities, and as far away as Stanislaus and Orange counties. Volunteers conducted Advanced Light Source tours, ran hands-on activities, discussed their research, and served as role models. More>

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New Results from CERN’s ALICE Experiment

The ALICE experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, which has collaborators from the Lab’s Nuclear Science Division, this week reported a new result showing that proton collisions can show similar patterns to those observed in collisions of heavy atomic nuclei. Scientists observed enhanced production of “strange hadrons,” which contain “strange quarks,” in certain proton collisions. More>

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Applications Open for Exotic Beam Summer School

Berkeley Lab is partnering with Argonne National Lab and others in sponsoring the Exotic Beam Summer School. Sponsored by DOE and the National Science Foundation, the school invites graduate students to explore the science of exotic nuclei, particularly nuclear structure, nuclear astrophysics, and fundamental interactions. Deadline for application is April 15. More>

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Volunteer for Nuclear Science Day for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts

The Nuclear Science Division, Advanced Light Source, and Workforce Development & Education are hosting the annual Nuclear Science Day for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts on April 29. Full and half-day assignments are available. All volunteers will receive a t-shirt and full-day volunteers will have lunch provided. Register here. See photos from last year.

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Lab Physicists Receive ATLAS Collaboration Thesis Awards

Miguel Arratia and Benjamin Nachman were honored at CERN with the ATLAS Thesis Award 2016 for their “outstanding contributions to ATLAS in the context of a Ph.D. thesis.” More>

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NSD’s Jacak Makes Case for a Next-Gen Particle Collider

Nuclear Science’s Barbara Jacak spoke at an American Physical Society meeting about a mysterious, frictionless fluid known as the quark gluon plasma, created by colliding the nuclei of heavy atoms. Data from these collisions suggests that other exotic conditions may produce droplets with similar properties, and a new type of particle collider could help discover how these plasmas form. More>

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Latest Results from Experiments that Recreate Early Form of Matter

Researchers from Berkeley Lab and other institutions, who study high-energy collisions of heavy nuclei to recreate matter as it existed in the very early universe, are gathered at the Quark Matter 2017 conference to present their latest results. These experiments, conducted at Brookhaven National Lab’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider and at CERN, are revealing intriguing information about the building blocks of visible matter. More>

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