Hello, World!

May 23, 2006 at 9:16 am 5 comments

Here begins my Collider Blog.

The Tevatron at Fermilab is currently the world’s highest energy accelerator. Very high energy protons and anti-protons collide at the centers of the CDF and D0 detectors, which record the traces left by the particles produced from the energy of those collisions. Sometimes rare processes occur which lead to interesting events; by identifying and studying these events we learn about those processes and, ultimately, about basic particle physics.

The LHC (Large Hadron Collider) at CERN will supercede the Tevatron in a couple of years. It will have an energy that is seven times higher than that of the Tevatron, which allows rare processes to be studied more easily. There are two detectors here, too, called CMS and ATLAS.

Accelerator-based particle physics clearly is at a cross road, and much has been written about the promise of the LHC just as impressive results are produced with the Tevatron data. The start-up of the LHC is bound to be frustrating as well as exciting, yet I personally believe that much is still to come from the Tevatron program. It seems like a good time to observe the field, especially the science that emerges over the next few years, and perhaps make some notes and comment on what is happening.

My goal is to discuss the some of the research done at these two hadron colliders in a serious way. As an experimenter I will try to bring out what I think is interesting, exciting or beautiful about analyses from CDF, D0, CMS and ATLAS (I am a member of CDF and CMS, by the way), and hopefully complement some of the excellent theory-oriented blogs, and blogs by experimenters working at other facilities.


Entry filed under: Particle Physics.

When is a b-jet not a b-jet?

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. dorigo  |  May 23, 2006 at 6:14 am

    Hello, Michael!

    Welcome to this strange, exciting blog world… Happy to see you’re doing some serious physics outreach here.

    As you’ve noticed, in my blog I have a tough time writing about physics as much as I would like to. On the other hand, one needs to keep the flow of new material going to keep one’s blog alive, and sometimes the flow is provided by posts with subjects far from physics divulgation…

    And thanks for the link – I added your site to my blogroll too.


  • 2. Michael Schmitt  |  May 23, 2006 at 8:25 am

    Ciao, Tommaso,

    thanks for the encouragement. I am inspired in part by your blogs – the current on and also your blog in Quantum Diaries. I hope I will be as tenacious are you are!

    Your planet pictures from yesterday are lovely, by the way…


  • 3. superweak  |  May 24, 2006 at 9:59 am

    Hi Michael! Looking forward to hearing more from the energy frontier. And thanks for all the comments!

  • 4. Georg  |  May 29, 2006 at 12:29 pm

    Welcome to the physics blog world! I have added a link your blog to Life on the Lattice’s sidebar, and am looking forward to hearing more about particle physics from an experimenter’s perspective — with the internet presence (and in particular blogosphere) of high energy physics being so dominated by us theorists, it will be good to hear from a “real” physicist. Best wishes for your blogging efforts,

  • 5. JoAnne  |  June 5, 2006 at 11:32 am


    Welcome to the blogosphere! We can certainly use a well-written blog on experimental science – someone has to keep us theorists grounded to earth!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed

May 2006
    Jun »

%d bloggers like this: