Friday, July 6, 2012

High energy physics conference: Life after Higgs - Phys.Org (press release)

July 6th, 2012

The 36th International High Energy Physics conference opened on Wednesday night with the Higgs boson announcement.

On Monday the plenaries kick off with twice daily online press briefings courtesy of CERN. We'll have more on the Higgs, on plans for the next particle accelerator, neutrinos, supersymmetry, dark energy and more.

At each briefing we'll give an overview of the day and what's coming up. It's a quick way for you to identify the talent you want for the day's stories.

Join the briefings, webcast via CERN, at at

  • In Australia at 8 am AEST and 6 pm AEST (Melbourne time)
  • In America at 6 pm and 4 am on the East Coast
  • In Europe at 8 am and 10 pm UTC

The first session is 6pm Sunday evening in New York, 10 pm Sunday evening in London, and 8 am Monday morning in Melbourne

The second session is 4 am Monday morning in New York, 8 am in London and 6 pm in Melbourne.

Here's a taste of what's still to come:

  • The next generation of particle accelerators are already being planned. The International Linear Collider will be able to search with more precision for the Higgs boson and other particles. Japan, Germany, Russia and America are vying to host it. Meanwhile, rival project the Compact Linear Collider is being planned at CERN.
  • The unusual world of subatomic particles: Where charm quarks and charm antiquarks come together in charmonium. We've got people who can talk about muons, pions, kaons, and gluons; top quarks, bottom quarks, up and down quarks; as well as the more familiar photons, electrons, neutrinos and of course the Higgs boson.
  • From the very big to the very small: Astrophysicists are looking out into space for clues about what happened in the first minutes after the Big Bang, while particle physicists make quark-gluon plasma â€" the "primordial soup" of the early universe â€" right here on Earth.
  • The search for dark energy: We know it makes up the bulk of the universe, but we're not sure why, and we're building a new telescope to look for it around supernovae and black holes. Understanding dark energy will help us to understand gravity and the expansion of the universe.
  • Underground telescopes and next-gen colliders: Hear about new labs being built in disused mines in Finland and South Dakota, installing cryogenic chambers in Italian and Chinese mountain caves and planning for a new generation of "compact" particle accelerators.
  • Protecting scientists with diamonds: Scientists are developing a new array of sensor technologies â€" involving diamonds â€" for use in "extreme radiation conditions".
  • IceCube and ANTARES: A pair of telescopes buried under the South Pole and deep in the Mediterranean Sea looking for neutrinos as they pass through the planet, probing black holes at the centre of galaxies and helping in the search for dark matter.

Media briefings â€" live stream available

The briefings will be live-streamed via CERN and are freely available via the conference media website â€"

Follow the news as it breaks: We'll be tweeting on @pressichep, and you can follow the hashtag #ICHEP2012


4-11 July, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Key contact details: Conference media director: Niall Byrne, +61 417 131 977,

And for CERN stories contact their media representative at the conference: Renilde Vanden Broeck, +41 764 873 765,

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