Geneva, 17 July 2013. Scientists working on CERN1 experiments are preparing to present their latest results at summer conferences. This year, two major conferences are coming up over the next couple of weeks: the European Physical Society’s High Energy Physics conference, EPS-HEP 2013, which is being held in Stockholm, Sweden, from 18-24 July, and Strangeness in Quark Matter, SQM 2013, held in Birmingham, UK, from 22-27 July.
“We’re not anticipating any blockbuster news like last year,” said CERN Director General, Rolf Heuer, “but there’s a lot of exciting physics coming from CERN so I’m looking forward to a couple of very exciting weeks.”
This year, EPS-HEP 2013 will bring together scientists from all over the world, working on facilities that range from accelerators such as those at CERN to detectors examining the neutrinos produced in power plants, to others that sit patiently deep underground hoping to glimpse rare processes, and some that observe particles in space. All four LHC experiments, ALICE, ATLAS, CMS and LHCb will be presenting results in Stockholm, including some new ones that have not previously been shown. SQM is a conference focusing on the study of the hot and dense matter created in nuclear collisions, where the LHC experiments will present their latest results, including from the recent proton-lead run of the LHC.
“We’re extremely pleased with the quality and the variety of submissions for the conference,” said Sten Hellman, a member of the EPS-HEP 2013 local organizing committee. “There promises to be a lot of interest on the agenda, and not just for physicists!”
From a CERN perspective, highlights are likely to include the latest status of the Higgs boson analysis and increasingly precise measurements, for example of rare processes that put the Standard Model2 of particle physics to the test, as well as intriguing results obtained in recent measurements of proton-lead collisions.
Each morning of the EPS-HEP conference at 8:30CET, a brief look forward to the day ahead will be posted at http://eps-hep2013.eu/press/index.html, while every evening at 19:30CET, a summary of the highlights of the day will be posted to the same link.
Contact CERN Press Office:
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During EPS-HEP 2013:
Sten Hellman, Stockholm University
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1. CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is the world's leading laboratory for particle physics. It has its headquarters in Geneva. At present, its member states are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Romania is a candidate for accession. Israel and Serbia are associate members in the pre-stage to membership. India, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United States of America, Turkey, the European Commission and UNESCO have observer status.
2. The Standard Model of particle physics is the theory that describes the fundamental particles of matter and the interactions that work between them.