Beautiful Higgs decays

The discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012 explained something no less foundational than how subatomic particles gain mass. The particle’s discovery marked the beginning of a comprehensive effort to measure its properties. In June 2018, the CMS collaboration reported observing the Higgs boson produced in association with a pair of top quarks. This represented […]

Chopping beam to your taste

August 21, 2018 | Leah Hesla and Alexander Shemyakin For lunch, do you enjoy having your tomato whole, in slices or finely chopped? It probably depends on the dish: The tomato could serve as a standalone fruit snack, as part of a sandwich or as a salad topping. Similarly, different Fermilab experiments may want particles beams coming to them […]

Extracting signals of elusive particles from giant chambers filled with liquefied argon

A revolutionary new kind of neutrino detector sits at the heart of the MicroBooNE experiment at Fermilab. In two new papers published by the Journal of Instrumentation, the MicroBooNE collaboration describes how they use this detector to pick up the telltale signs of neutrinos. The papers include details of the signal processing algorithms that are critical […]