From the CERN web: The Art of Science, Theory corridor, DAMPE and more

This section highlights articles, blog posts and press releases published in the CERN web environment over the past weeks. This way, you won’t miss a thing...


"Move over Mr Einstein!" A scientific experiment ignites creativity and dialogue
26 February – CMS Collaboration

The inspiration for the latest art exhibition at the Cité du Temps came from a scientific experiment the height of a six-floor building, built to the precision of the thickness of a human hair. “CMS – The Art of Science”, by Michael Hoch, running from 27 February to 10 April 2016, delivers a dynamic dialogue between art and science. A combination of photography, collage and installations, it pays tribute to the thousands of people who constructed the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) Experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva.

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One of CERN’s Theory corridors – along here are the offices of most of CERN’s Theory department, including those who were interviewed for this series of articles. (Image: Sophia Bennett/CERN)

In theory: Welcome to the Theory corridor
18 February – by Harriet Jarlett and Sophia Bennett

There are corridors at CERN lined with wooden doors and rusted metal cabinets, where aged, peeling leaflets for long-ago conferences paper the walls next to comic strips and photos. Known at CERN as ‘the Theory corridor’, this is the home at CERN for some of the world’s most brilliant minds.

Behind these heavy wooden doors, theoreticians are using equations, computer modelling and logic to try and understand the underlying laws of our  universe. Here, ideas such as supersymmetry are born, often decades before technology and experiments can provide the evidence to back those ideas up.

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The DAMPE detector (far left) installed in the CERN PS T9 beamline. 
(Image: DAMPE Collaboration)

DAMPE joins the search for dark matter in space
12 February – CERN Courier

On 17 December, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) successfully launched the DArk Matter Particle Explorer (DAMPE) satellite from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China, marking the entrance of a new player in the global hunt for dark matter.

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Cosmic rays concept. (Image: Rik57 Dreamstime)

A slice of Cosmic Pi
February - UK News from CERN

The best way to learn how a particle physics detector works is to design and build your own. That’s exactly what a small group of researchers have been doing in their spare time, and prototypes of their Cosmic Pi detector will be prizes for the runners-up in the CERN Beamline 4 Schools competition.

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