Friday December 13, 2013

From the head of department

For us physicists, the highlight of this week is surely the awarding of the 2013 Nobel prize in physics to Peter W. Higgs and François Englert for, as stated: the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider. In this regard, Heidi Sandaker, Anna Lipniacka and Bjarne Stugu's insight article in Sunday's Bergens Tidende: Mysteriet Higgs is recommended for everyone. For those of you who have not yet understood what the Higgs boson is, UiO-professor Alex Read's short movie is recommended.

We would like to congratulate Laszlo Csernai on his success in the strong competition in the FriNaTek-program with the project: Diagnostics with two-particle correlations.

Have a good one,
Geir Anton

News and general information


  Publication of LHC-data – IFT pioneers

LHC will publish data outside the organization for, among others, use in teaching. At IFT, already in 2011, BSc students started using the LHC-data for calculations of the top quark mass in the PHYS117 course. IFT is therefore a pioneer in the use of LHC-data for teaching purposes.

  Bergen Summer Research School 2014

Next summer school at the University of Bergen will take place from June 23 until July 4:

·     Governance to meet Global Challenges

More information and registration can be found here.



  Seminar on a self-chosen topic

MSc Kyrre Skjerdal will be giving the following trial lecture for the PhD-degree:

·       Er ikkje--ioniserande elektromagnetisk stråling helseskadeleg? (Is non-ionizing radiation harmful?)


Tuesday December 17 at 10:15 in room 546, IFT.


IFT in the media

  • Heidi Sandaker, Anna Lipniacka and Bjarne Stugu: Mysteriet Higgs, Bergens Tidende December 12.

Publications registered in ISI Web of Science


o   ALICE Collaboration: Altinpinar S, Djuvsland O, Fehlker D, Haaland O, Huang M, Kanaki K, Langoy R, Lien J, Liu L, Loenne PI, Nystrand J, Roed K, Rohrich D, Skjerdal K, Ullaland K, Øvrebekk G, Wagner B, Yang B et al.:     Charmonium and e(+)e(-) pair photoproduction at mid-rapidity in ultra-peripheral Pb-Pb collisions at root s(NN)=2.76 TeV EUROPEAN PHYSICAL JOURNAL C  Volume: 73   Issue: 11     Article Number: 2617   DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s10052-013-2617-1  

o   CALICE Collaboration: Eigen G. ; van der Kraaij, E. Adloff, C.; et al. Track segments in hadronic showers in a highly granular scintillator-steel hadron calorimeter JOURNAL OF INSTRUMENTATION  Volume: 8     Article Number: P09001   DOI: 10.1088/1748-0221/8/09/P09001  





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