Today at Berkeley Lab

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>

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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>

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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 communications@lbl.gov.

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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>

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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>

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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>

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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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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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‘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>

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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>

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