CERN Accelerating science

From the editors

This summer saw CERN announce to a worldwide audience the discovery of a Higgs-like boson, so this issue takes a look at the LHC, as well as future plans for a possible Higgs factory in the form of LEP3.

LHC - Higgs factory

With a wry smile, Fabiola Gianotti showed the significance of the combined gamma-gamma and 4 lepton channels. "We observe in our data clear signs of a new particle, at the level of 5 sigma, in the mass region around 126 GeV."

Circulating ideas about a new Higgs factory

Could the LHC tunnel one day house a high-luminosity electron-positron collider? This idea joined others at the LEP3 Day, held at CERN on 18 June 2012.

Achievements so far, as EuCARD enters its final year

The EuCARD project has just finished a successful 2nd period of 18 months, achieving most of its objectives and technical goals, and has started its 4th and final project year with more than 130 scientific papers published.

A European strategy for accelerator-based neutrino physics

In preparation for the CERN strategy meeting in Cracow NEu2012 as part of EuCARD project activities has delivered a coherent proposal for the next accelerator neutrino facility in Europe, as a result of two complementary design studies.

Accelerators in the European Strategy for Particle Physics meeting in Cracow

About 500 particle physicists and accelerator experts came together to discuss the future European strategy.

New progress for the HiLumi baseline configuration

HL-LHC Parameter and Lay-out Committee selected the maximum aperture for the quadrupoles of the inner triplets.