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This is a guest post by CMS collaborator Francesca Cavallo, who is one of the creators of the Higgs Boson Goose Game.
This is a guest post by Sara Kamboj the American School of Paris, who spent a week in July 2015 interviewing scientists at CERN for a film project at school.
This is a guest post by Anna Wilson and Eleanor Harris, who spent a week interning with CMS in April 2015.
More than half a year, a school trip to CERN, and a round of 13TeV collisions later, the week-long internship we completed at CMS over Easter is still the most awe-inspiring experience of our lives so far.
Guest post by Alexander Grohsjean
Born at the end of the ’70s, I was still in school when the heaviest of all quarks was discovered at the Tevatron: the top quark. Back then I had no idea what it was about. But reading an article in the newspaper I felt the excitement surrounding such a discovery. My interest for the smallest and most basic building blocks of the universe had been awakened. When I joined the CMS Collaboration in 2014, I had no doubt that the first measurement I would like to do was that of the production rates of top-quark pairs at the new energy regime of 13 TeV. Shortly after the restart of the LHC in summer this year, we began a journey where no-one has gone before.
Guest post by Angelos Alexopoulos
Guest post by Fergus Horan, a seventeen-year-old student from the City of London School who joined art@CMS for two weeks as part of his internship at CERN. He offers a critical view of the work done at art@CMS.
Long Shutdown 1 (LS1) — the two-year period of maintenance, consolidation and upgrades to prepare the LHC and its particle detectors for collisions at an energy of 13 TeV — recently came to an end as the LHC was successfully restarted earlier this year. Although the term “shutdown” seems to imply a quiet period, this interpretation couldn’t be farther from the truth. Below we present in no particular order some highlights from what was a very productive two years at the CMS experimental site, as we take the final steps towards analysis data at the new energy frontier.
Wonder no more! Give this a listen:
CMS’s very own Piotr Traczyk put together this piece and the video, and he explains his motivations and methods below.
Guest post by Piotr Traczyk
Yesterday, the LHC circulated the first beams in the accelerator after Long Shutdown 1 and CMS recorded some splash events.
This evening, we'll get a second batch of splash events and shifters are eagerly awaiting beam in the CMS Control Room.
We'll provide you with short updates from our shifters for the next few hours.