Workshop in Torino shows CMS is ready!

March 14, 2009 at 3:59 pm Leave a comment

illuminated building in Torino, Italy

illuminated building in Torino, Italy

This week CMS held a three-day workshop dedicated to studies of detector performance using real cosmic ray data (so-called CRAFT = “cosmic rays at four Tesla”). For me, the workshop was a real pleasure. First, it was great to get away from rainy, chilly Geneva and walk around the warm, sunny streets of Torino.

Secondly, and more importantly, the presentations were excellent, and the content was impressive. We talked about tracking, muon reconstruction, triggering and calorimetry, as well as certain “physics analyses” associated with cosmic rays. These topics are predictable, but the level of the work was much higher than anyone would have expected. It is clear that CMS physicists are in the mind set to do top-level physics analysis. The attitude of individuals talking about calibration, efficiency, alignment was very serious. These people are aiming for the highest levels of detector performance, and they will get to the bottom of existing detector problems. And of course such problems exist – the point is to find them now and solve them before collision data arrive.

Kudos to the organizers of the workshop, members of the CMS group at Torino. They did a great job setting up and running the conference – everything was smooth and well-organized. There were no technical problems, and the refreshments were excellent!

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