Scientists working on CERN experiments are preparing to present their latest results at summer conferences. Two major conferences are coming up over the next couple of weeks: the European Physical Society’s High Energy Physics conference (EPS-HEP 2013), which is being held in Stockholm, Sweden, from 18-24 July, and Strangeness in Quark Matter (SQM 2013), held in Birmingham, UK, from 22-27 July.
“We’re not anticipating any blockbuster news like last year,” says CERN Director-General Rolf Heuer, “but there’s a lot of exciting physics coming from CERN so I’m looking forward to a couple of very exciting weeks.”
This year, EPS-HEP 2013 will bring together scientists from all over the world, working on facilities that range from accelerators such as those at CERN to detectors examining the neutrinos produced in power plants, to others that sit patiently deep underground hoping to glimpse rare processes, and some that observe particles in space. All four LHC experiments, ALICE, ATLAS, CMS and LHCb will be presenting results in Stockholm, including some new ones that have not previously been shown. SQM is a conference focusing on the study of the hot and dense matter created in nuclear collisions, where the LHC experiments will present their latest results, including from the recent proton-lead run of the LHC.
“We’re extremely pleased with the quality and the variety of submissions for the conference,” says Sten Hellman, a member of the EPS-HEP 2013 local organizing committee. “There promises to be a lot of interest on the agenda, and not just for physicists!”
From a CERN perspective, highlights are likely to include the latest status of the Higgs boson analysis and increasingly precise measurements, for example of rare processes that put the Standard Model of particle physics to the test, as well as intriguing results obtained in recent measurements of proton-lead collisions.
Each morning of the EPS-HEP conference at 8.30am CET, a brief look forward to the day ahead will be posted here, while every evening at 7:30pm CET, a summary of the highlights of the day will be posted to the same link.