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U.S. LHC Communications Weekly Report

U.S. LHC Communications and Media Relations: Sarah Charley (FNAL)

January 18, 2016

U.S. LHC Communicator Activities


TBD: Filmmaker Duncan Copp (research stage, interested in ALICE experiment)

TBD: Filmmaker Dan Birdman (National Geographic) - research stage

TBD: HBO/VICE - research stage

Recent/upcoming activities

(Symmetry) CERN and U.S. increase cooperation

The United States and the European physics laboratory have formally agreed to partner on continued LHC research, upcoming neutrino research and a future collider.
Published: December 18, 2015

(Symmetry) LHC end 2015 with a cliffhanger

Two LHC experiments see an unexpected bump, but scientists need more data to figure out whether it's worth getting excited about.
Published: December 17, 2015

(Symmetry) Save the particles

LHC scientists study photon-proton collisions to learn more about what’s inside high-energy protons.
Published: December 9, 2015

(Symmetry) Dark sector SUSY

Symmetry article examining how scientists might be able to kill two problems (dark matter and unification of the forces) with one theory — supersymmetry.
Schedule to publish: Late January/Early February

(Symmetry) Are robot scientists the future?

Article about the integration of AI and machine learning into particle physics research.
Schedule to publish: February 11

(Symmetry Q&A videos) A series of short videos that answer commonly asked questions:
  • Why are some accelerators so large? (Edda Gschwendtner, CERN)
  • If objects are mostly made of empty space, why do they feel solid? (James Beacham, OSU)
Media Highlights

Lots of news highlights about the bump at 750 GeV in the diphoton channel, as announced by both CMS and ATLAS in the December end of the year seminar. Some were more accurate than other.

The Large Hadron Collider Gets An Upgrade

(Dec 21) Wired article about the Ion run at the LHC

Mysterious LHC Photons Have Physicists Searching for Answers

(Jan 6) Wired article about the joint ATLAS and CMS results showing a small bump in the diphoton channel. Article speculates what this bump could be.

Hint of new boson at LHC sparks flood of papers

(Jan 5) Nature News article about the hundreds of theoretical papers published about the 750 GeV bump seen by ATLAS and CMS in the diphoton channel.

Potential New Particle Shows Up at the LHC, Thrilling and Confounding Physicists

(Dec 16) Scientific American article about the CMS and ATLAS diphoton bump. Feature Princeton physicist Jim Olsen.

First high-energy LHC results: Supersymmetry still dead, watch for gravitons

(Dec 15) Ars Technica article about the diphoton bump.