But by giving the prize only to Kip Thorne, Rainer Weiss and Barry Barish, the prize committee has ignored the contributions of 1,000+ scientists around the world who helped build the detectors and analyse the data.
Particles called gluons are responsible for mediating the strong nuclear force, a fundamental force of nature. But one of their properties complicates this picture profusely.
If physicists do find that gravitational waves have travelled through dimensions other than the four we live in, it will be the start of a revolution in physics. But how close are we really?
A small but persistent discrepancy between the rates at which particles called B mesons decay into different pairs of leptons has physicists intrigued.
At the Rencontres de Moriond, CERN physicists presented a reformulated theory to solve a difficult problem at the heart of particle physics.
The Cherenkov Telescope Array, which India has invested in, will improve upon the data from Indian instruments like MACE and HAGAR.
Some physicists think there’s something worth checking out in data collected in 1992-1995 – while others aren’t sure what good it would do even if it checks out.
There’s a good reason you should care about the discovery of gravitational waves, even if you don’t understand the science.
The possible discovery of a new particle in Hungary, and its subsequent interpretation as the force behind dark matter, has kicked up some dust. However, something’s off about the Hungarian results…
Both the LHC and the LUX dark-matter experiment have had their hopes – of finding a new particle – dashed despite being state of the art. However, the rigour of their searches provides hope.
A particle of some kind first hinted at in December 2015 might’ve just been a statistical fluke. Where does this leave the world of particle physics?
We’ve been able to find that the universe is expanding faster than we thought. The LHC has produced the most data on one day. Good news, right?
This year is when we might discover another foundational piece of our origins or when we realise the breadth of the epistemic emptiness that stretches between ourselves and the physics that made us.
Physicists are eagerly awaiting more data concerning a possible new particle sighted last year. If the LHC confirms its existence, our existing theories of physics will have to be profoundly reshaped.
Because of the scale at which its experiments are conducted and the diverse branches of physics and mathematics its theories draw from, particle physics has many motivations and applications.
Although the data’s statistical significance isn’t as good as it would have to be for there to be a new ‘champagne bottle boson’ moment, it’s encouraging that the data itself isn’t vanishing.
The SuperKEKB will produce 50-times more collisions than previous generations of experiments, and provide more data to investigate the CP violation problem.
The ATLAS and CMS collaborations reported subtle hints of an unpredicted bump in the data, but also said they’d need more time and analysis to too if it was anything substantial.
Data from the machine’s upgraded run in 2015 offers one good – and ironically disappointing – result while physicists fervently hope it’s just a slow beginning.
In the last decade, tabletop accelerators have inched closer to commercial viability because of a method called plasma wakefield acceleration. And that’s good news for India.
The Large Hadron Collider, a particle-smasher in Europe, is revving up to achieve its first stable collisions of protons today at the highest energy ever: 13 TeV
Scientists from the world’s largest science experiment participated in an ‘Ask Me Anything’ on reddit on May 28