University of Derby joins the ALICE Collaboration

by Panos Charitos. Published: 29 July 2015

The University of Derby is a modern, innovative university, comprising seven colleges that offer high quality education in cutting-edge subjects. With more than 20,000 students and over 3000 members of staff, the University of Derby has one of the highest staff to student ratio among UK universities, hence offering high quality teaching and research supervision both to undergraduate and graduate students. 

New ALICE member: Stefan Meyer Institute in Vienna, Austria

by Michael Weber & Eberhard Widmann . Published: 29 July 2015

The predecessor of the Stefan Meyer Institute (SMI) in Vienna, Austria, was founded in 1910 as the Institute for Radium Research and is associated with the Austrian Academy of Science. Many well-known scientists worked at the institute, two of them awarded with the Nobel Prize: Victor Hess in 1936 (for the discovery of cosmic rays) and George de Hevesy (for the development of a novel radioactive tracer method).

In 2004 the institute was renamed to “Stefan Meyer Institute for Subatomic Physics” and was declared as a “historic site” by the European Physical Society in 2015.

First public release of the Virtual Atom Smasher

by Panos Charitos. Published: 29 July 2015

In May 2015, the first public release was made of Virtual Atom Smasher, an educational game platform that was developed by a partnership between CERN and Citizen Cyberlab. During the Challenge, more than 19 billion particle collisions in the LHC and other CERN accelerators were simulated by volunteers worldwide, collecting a wealth of data and contributing to the creation of a large database of simulations that will help theoretical physicists in running simulations to further study the data collected by the four LHC detectors.

Highlights of “Strangeness in Quark Matter 2015” in Dubna

by David Blaschke. Published: 30 July 2015

The 15th International Conference “Strangeness in Quark Matter (SQM)” took place at the Veksler-Baldin Laboratory for High-Energy Physics of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, July 6 -11, with a record participation of 244 people from 31 countries.

The previous meeting of the series in Birmingham in 2013 had collected 158 physicists from 25 countries* .