As a physicist in my early career, I felt incredibly happy when I was informed last March that I was selected as a future participant of the highly selective and renowned Summer Student Programme at CERN. At that time, I already had worked within the ATLAS Collaboration for the scope of my Bachelor’s thesis, but I had never actually worked in situ.
My name is Gaia and I have joined the CMS collaboration for three months as Summer Student at CERN. I completed my Bachelor in Physics in 2017 at the University of Padua and I am now attending a Master in Physics at the same institution. I had a great opportunity to take part in research work related to the use of machine learning to develop new statistical tools for detecting signals in particle physics.
This summer, I had the extraordinary opportunity of being a CERN Summer Student. I was ecstatic when my CERN Summer School application had been accepted; I could not wait to contribute to cutting-edge research, attend the world-class Summer Student lectures, visit various CERN sites and meet people from around the world!
For the placement I worked alongside CERN intern Agustina Quesada, supervised by Dave Barney, EP-CMX group leader.
“Welcome to the CMS Experiment. We are 100 metres underground and I will now pass by the eye scanner to take you for a virtual tour and show you our massive scientific machine,” said CMS physicist, Abdollah Mohammadi, to 200 enthralled students sitting in the hall in the Sharif University of Technology in Iran last Tuesday.
Each year, CERN welcomes around 100,000 visitors onsite. Many of these visitors take a short trip from the laboratory's main site in Meyrin to the French commune of Cessy to see one of humankind's modern scientific marvels: the CMS detector. The 14000-tonne detector is located in a vast cavern around 100 metres (or about 30 storeys) underground, with an adjacent cavern housing several data-collection and power-distribution devices.