The CERN Large Hadron Collider on April 22 set a new world record for beam intensity at a hadron collider when it collided beams with a luminosity of 4.67 x 1032cm-2s-1.
Month: April 2011
James Webb mirror segments cryogenically tested at Marshall SFC
The first six of 18 segments that will form NASA's James Webb Space Telescope's primary mirror for space observations have begun final round-the-clock cryogenic testing at the X-ray and Cryogenic Facility at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville AL.
Dr. Paul Grant video explores the commercial applications of superconductors
Dr. Paul Grant, a Cold Facts contributor, talked with physicsworld.com editor Hamish Johnston at the recent American Physical Society March Meeting in Dallas.
10 things you may not know about superconductivity
2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of superconductivity, the ability of some materials to conduct electricity with zero energy loss when cooled to extremely low temperatures.
John Baust elected president of American College of Cryosurgery
Dr. John Baust, UNESCO Professor and Director of the Institute of Biomedical Technology at SUNY's Binghamton University, has been elected President of the group, which promotes the highest possible standards in clinical practice, continuing education and research in cryosurgery, raising public awareness in the uses of cryosurgery, and providing a forum for exchange of ideas and methodologies.
Space Shuttle Endeavour to deliver Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer
When the next-to-last Space Shuttle, Endeavour, is launched on April 29 it will be carrying the $2 billion Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) particle detector, an instrument designed to detect dark matter, antimatter and other exotic phenomena.
“100 Years of Superconductivity” Symposium commemorates important anniversary
The "100 Years of Superconductivity" Symposium and Technology Milestone Dedications held April 8 in Leiden, The Netherlands, were major commemorations of this important anniversary.
Physicists pay sad visit to SSC site
A blog by Hamish Johnston on physicsworld.com reports that a group at the American Physical Society March meeting in Dallas “broke in” to the old Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) site just south of the town for a look at the derelict project.
SOFIA makes its first flight, carrying German science instrument
The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) completed its first science flight on April 6, using the German Receiver for Astronomy at Terahertz Frequencies (GREAT) scientific instrument.
Scientists assess damage to CDMS and MINOS experiments
Following a March 17 fire in the access shaft of the Soudan Underground Laboratory, scientists have now been able to enter the mine to assess the potential damage to the CDMS and MINOS experiments.
ICARUS inaugurated at Gran Sasso National Laboratory
The Imaging Cosmic and Rare Underground Signals (ICARUS) experiment was inaugurated at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Italy on March 29.