Author Archives: lilyasquith

About lilyasquith

I am a particle physicist working on sonification of the data output from the ATLAS detector at CERN. The project I'm working on is called LHCsound and is funded by the STFC. It is based at University College London where I have just finished my PhD on the search prospects for a low mass standard model Higgs Boson. I have now moved to Chicago to start an ATLAS postdoc with Argonne National Laboratory.

Desperately seeking SUSY

Also at the Guardian. We discovered a new particle this summer, and it looks a lot like the Higgs boson, but theoretical physicists are not happy. There is a fundamental reason for their discomfort, which is known as the “Higgs … Continue reading

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Why does the Higgs decay?

Higgs bosons might be being produced at CERN right now, but we can’t keep them. Lily Asquith explains… here at the Guardian.

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Relativistic kinematics for musicians

Also at the Guardian. A couple of years ago I became involved in a grand plan to make sounds out of LHC data. We called this project LHCsound. Recently we have revisited the idea with the aim of listening to … Continue reading

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Vertigo

Also at the Guardian. The American Physical Society hold a meeting in April of every year. This was my first one, and it was quite different from the IoP meetings I am used to in the UK. The most blindingly … Continue reading

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Fontgate

Also at the Guardian. We have a large windowless meeting room at Argonne with an old-fashioned pull-down projector screen. When I walked in there yesterday morning for the CERN videolink I was greeted by 30-odd ashen-faced physicists. Oh lord, I … Continue reading

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Gentlemen prefer gluons

Also at the Guardian. It might seem odd to some other LHC physicists, to hear me say that I love gluons.  To someone doing a “search”, such as looking for evidence of the Higgs boson, or supersymmetry, or extra dimensions, … Continue reading

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Robots with lasers are protecting my collider

Also at the Guardian. I have just finished my first ever set of shifts in the ATLAS control room, and now I feel like a proper physicist. I did three eight-hour shifts. The first two were boring as hell as … Continue reading

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The joy of statistics

Also at the Guardian. Last weekend both Jon and I wrote the same blog at the same time (well, the same time for Jon in London as it was for me in Chicago). This wouldn’t be very surprising if the … Continue reading

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My three least favourite quarks

Also at The Guardian. Quarks are what dragged me into this mess. I’ve done about 50 hours work in the last 4 days and have run out of clean cutlery. My fridge contains only an empty tub of hummus and … Continue reading

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My favourite particle: the muon

Post by Mark Lancaster. Also at The Guardian. In 1900, shortly after the electron and radioactivity were discovered, Lord Kelvin famously remarked: “There is nothing new to be discovered in physics. All that remains is more and more precise measurement” … Continue reading

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