ALICE reaches out to primary schools

by Panos Charitos. Published: 27 May 2015

In October 2014, a collaboration was initiated with two primary schools in Thessaloniki, aiming to introduce concepts of high-energy physics, with a focus on the ALICE experiment, to young pupils in their final year before high-school. The biggest challenge that this project presented was keeping the audience engaged without compromising quality for oversimplification.

Upcoming ALICE week at GSI, Darmstadt

by Kai Schweda . Published: 27 May 2015

The 2015 ALICE week outside CERN will be hosted by the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt, Germany. This meeting will take place from June 22 – 26 and almost coincides with the start of the second round of data taking at the CERN Large Hadron Collider, when the first collisions of protons at a new record energy of 13 TeV are expected to take place. Aside from the usual meeting structure, this time the focus will be on the upgrade programme of ALICE in preparation for further physics data taking planned in the year 2020.

The ALICE Data Quality Monitoring

by Daniele De Gruttola & Barthelemy Von Haller. Published: 27 May 2015

Data Quality Monitoring (DQM) is an important aspect of every high-energy physics experiment. In the era of LHC, when the detectors are extremely sophisticated devices, an online feedback on the quality of the data recorded is needed to avoid taking low quality data and to guarantee a good baseline for offline analysis.

ALICE in CERN's Open Data Portal

by Panos Charitos. Published: 27 May 2015

On 20 November 2014, CERN launched the Open Data Portal, making data from real collision events at the LHC experiments available for the first time to the general public. This project is part of the Organisation's policy of openness, which is enshrined in its founding convention and has contributed to the creation of the open internet, the development of open source, and the dissemination of open access publications. In this framework, the LHC collaborations recently approved Open Data policies and will release collision data over the coming years.

"The Garden of Particles": An Interview with Greek artist in residency

by Panos Charitos. Published: 27 May 2015

Nikos Papadopoulos, the winner of Accelerate@CERN, Greece spent the last month at CERN interacting with scientists from various experiments. During his stay he discussed with many scientists including a number of physicists from ALICE. During an earlier visit in November, Nikos had the chance to see the ALICE Cavern where he was guided by Despina Hatzifotiadou, ALICE Outreach Coordinator.

A special visit from Malta

by Panos Charitos. Published: 28 May 2015

Last week a group from the University of Malta’s Department of Computer Science visited CERN to initiate a collaboration with ALICE. The collaboration will mainly focus on the large-scale computing challenges arising from the ALICE O2 project.

'Symmetry' - An opera filmed inside ALICE

by Panos Charitos. Published: 28 May 2015

A movie set amongst the machines of CERN, the world’s largest particle physics facility, considers how both art and science strive to understand the universe, and what it is to be human. Symmetry, a “dance and opera film,” was shown last March at CERN's Cineglobe festival, following a scientist who transforms into a dancer.