We are scientists working at CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider and birthplace of the World Wide Web! Ask Us (Almost) Anything!
Hi reddit! Very excited to be here today. We are:
- Tiziano Camporesi, experimental physicist and Spokesperson of the CMS Collaboration (tc)
- Nazila Mahmoudi, theoretical physicist (nm)
- Giulia Papotti, accelerator engineer (gp)
- Stefan Lüders, Head of Computer Security (sl)
We'll sign our posts with our initials so you know who said what. Just to be clear, we are speaking with you in our personal capacities and CERN does not necessarily support the views expressed during the AMA. Joining us are a few of our friends from CERN:
- Seth Zenz (/u/SethZenz), experimental physicist on CMS
- Steve Goldfarb (/u/StevenGoldfarb), experimental physicist on ATLAS
- Kate Kahle (/u/kate_kahle), CERN science communicator
- Achintya Rao (/u/RaoOfPhysics), CMS science communicator
We'll answer your questions from 16:00 until 17:30 CEST (GMT+02).
CERN is the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, located in Geneva, Switzerland. Its flagship accelerator is the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which has four main particle detectors: ALICE, ATLAS, CMS and LHCb. Nearly two years ago, CMS and ATLAS announced the discovery of a new particle that we now believe is a Higgs boson.
In addition to the LHC experiments, we have dedicated facilities for studying antimatter, nuclear physics and climate science. Oh, and we also have a particle detector operating on the International Space Station!
For updates, news and more, head over to our unofficial home on reddit: /r/CERN!
Hangout With CERN
CERN has been running weekly Q&A sessions called Hangout With CERN where we bring you the latest news from CERN and answer your questions from social media live on air. HWC will return this Thursday at 17:00 CEST, discussing the latest physics results from the LHC experiments. Here's the schedule of upcoming Hangouts.
- CERN: Twitter, Facebook, Google+
- ALICE: Twitter, Facebook, Google+
- ATLAS: Twitter, Facebook, Google+
- CMS: Twitter, Facebook, Google+
- LHCb: Twitter, Facebook, Google+
Thank you, everyone! We really enjoyed this. That's all we have time for now. Don't forget to tune in to Hangout With CERN this Thursday and we'll answer more of your questions on the latest physics results from the LHC: Facebook invite / Google+ invite.