Symmetry writer Mike Perricone presented readers with his annual compilation of popular science books related to particle physics and astrophysics. The list includes more than ten suggestions, including "Particle Physics Brick by Brick: Atomic and Subatomic Physics Explained...in LEGO," by Dr. Ben Still.
The Linde Group (CSA CSM) has opened another hydrogen station in Hanover, Germany. The company is using the next generation of its proprietary cryogenic pump, converting stored liquid hydrogen into a gaseous state compressed to 900 bar. There are currently 55 hydrogen filling stations in Germany, and 100 stations scheduled to be in operation by the end of 2019.
Scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory have been trying to understand key characteristics that cause superconductivity. They have used a combination of experimental techniques to plot points in a previously unmapped region of the "phase diagram” of BSCCO, a high-temperature superconductor.
Major cryogenic projects are underway in Hazira, India, where Larsen & Tourbo Ltd is wrapping up the cryostat system designed for the ITER project in France. The company began associated work in 2015, including segments for the ITER cryostat's base section, and is now finishing its contribution with the 490-ton upper cylinder and top lid.
Fifteen scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (CSA CSM) have been named 2018 Highly Cited Researchers. The list recognizes scientists for exceptional performance, demonstrated by the production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top one percent by citations.
Expert team members from CERN turned off the Large Hadron Collider in early December, ending the successful second run of the world’s most powerful particle accelerator. The complex will be shut down for about two years, according to CERN, enabling both major upgrades and renovation work.