Sunday, February 7, 2010

Adopt-a-Physicist almost over...

Oct 20 1:41PM - Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: From our awesome Physics class! WSHS
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Wow! You've been to a lot of places, that seems cool. But we were wondering what could you possibily do in those different places related to physics? 

We were also wondering what TV shows you watched? 
D likes Gossip Girl and Greek. 
A watches How I Met Your Mother and Psych. 
A2 enjoys 90210 and also Gossip Girl. 
K also watches How I Met Your Mother and Big Bang Theory. 

Do you watch any of these? 

Your fellow phyicist.

Hi all,

As you might imagine, every country has its series of universities and, often times, their own national laboratories. So, some of my travels are to visit those labs and schools. And then, when people want to get together for a conference or a meeting, it is often chosen to be in a big city near a university or a lab. So that's how I manage to travel to all these places.

As for the TV shows; I really feel old. I don't believe I've ever watched any of those programs. I guess I'm more into Fringe, PBS Mystery shows, Law and Order, and news shows and sports and occasionally the Simpsons...

Oct 21 9:36AM - lots of flying junk
24 Posts

So you work with particle accelerators and i was wondering when the large hadron collider was going to be online again? and what does your company really do?

The LHC is scheduled to turn back on sometime the middle of next month, in about 3 weeks or so from now.

As for where I work, Fermilab is a U.S. National Laboratory run by the U.S. Department of Energy. We have almost a dozen particle accelerators here, the largest of which is the Tevatron which is the most powerful accelerator in the world. At least it will be until the LHC comes on and surpasses us. (We've held the record for over 25 years!) So, we use these accelerators to give particles -- mostly protons -- very high energies and then smash them into each other to try to unravel the building blocks of nature and reveal how everything in the physical world is composed and how they behave.

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