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Dear Colleagues, dear Members of the EP Department and CERN Users,

I am writing this editorial while on telework from home. We are in an unprecedented situation, which would have been unimaginable only one month ago. In this month we have seen the Covid-19 crisis developing at a tearing pace. CERN could not remain an isolated island and we were also forced to take actions ...

COVID 19: The crisis and high-energy physics

by Markus Elsing & Panos Charitos (CERN)

With the World Health Organization declaring a pandemic, scientists work around the clock to sequence the virus' genome and develop effective medical therapies. In the collective fight against COVID-19 particle physicists and accelerator experts across the globe are present.

PUMA: Exploring exotic nuclear phenomena with antimatter

by Alexandre Obertelli (TU Darmstadt, PUMA spokesperson) François Butin (CERN, PUMA project manager)

The proposed experiment would for the first time transport antiprotons trapped at AD/ELENA to ISOLDE where they will be used for nuclear physics experiments.


FASERν: looking for high-energy collider neutrinos

by Jamie Boyd (CERN)

Ongoing work for FASERν and successful tests promise timely installation of the new detector before the start of LHC Run 3. 

Towards high-precision luminosity for CMS in Run 3 and beyond

by Georg Auzinger & Anne Dabrowski (CERN)

The BRIL project team gets ready for the upgrade of the CMS luminosity system to meet the challenges of the next LHC runs. 

POLAR-2 project enters final design stage

by Merlin Kole (University of Geneva)

China appears to be preparing to deorbit its Tiangong-2 space lab ...The POLAR-2 collaboration builds a compact satellite-born detector promising a new era in Gamma-Ray Bursts studies. 

MUonE experiment gears up to chase whiff of new physics

by Clara Matteuzzi & Luca Trentadue (INFN)

The proposed MUonE experiment plans to shed light on the muon anomalous magnetic moment; one of the most intriguing questions in particle physics.

First measurements of charge radii of the Cu isotopes using ISOLDE's Collinear Resonance Ionisation Spectroscopy (CRIS) method shed more light on one of the most pertinent open problems in nuclear theory.


Advanced deep neural networks can have multiple applications in the design of high-granularity calorimeters for future experiments while some of the offered solutions can find applications beyond particle physics. 

You have to love the penguins

by Patrick Koppenburg (NIKHEF), Panos Charitos (CERN)

LHCb latest results confirm previous hints of odd behaviour in the way B mesons decay into a K* and a pair of muons, bringing fresh intrigue to the pattern of flavour anomalies. 

The new results usher a new era of high-precision tests between matter and antimatter.

A discussion with Flavio Cavanna (Fermilab) on the dedicated global R&D efforts and the extraordinary results from the Proto-DUNE at CERN's Neutrino Platform that pave the way for future discoveries with DUNE.


A voice from Early-Career Researchers

by Panos Charitos

A recent ECFA report documents the suggestions and concerns of Early-Career Researchers as well as their vision for the future of the field.


As the LHC prepares to enter an era of long luminosity and high statistics, the use of heterogeneous computing resources could help to optimize resources and prepare for future eperiments.

Upgrade of the EP Irradiation Facilities: The Gamma Irradiation Facility GIF++

by Martin R. Jäkel and Federico Ravotti (EP-DT-DD)

During LS2, the time without particle beams is used to significantly upgrade the two CERN Irradiation facilities run by EP-DT, namely IRRAD and GIF++

Using 3D printing techniques for future neutrino detectors

by Davide Sgalaberna, Umut Kose & Albert De Roeck (CERN)

A new R&D collaboration strives to explore how additive manufacturing techniques and 3D printing of polystyrene-based scintillator can be used in producing read detectors for neutrino experiments.


ATLAS and CMS joint bootcamp for analysis preservation

by Clemens Lange (CERN)


The joint analysis preservation bootcamp offered to the participants a hands-on experience on making their analyses reproducible using state-of-the-art software.


FCC software workshops and hands-on tutorials

by Gerardo Ganis & Clement Helsens (CERN)

Two meetings offer a space for direct interaction between the software development and the experimental community working in the design of future lepton and hadron circular colliders.

ATLAS and CMS experiments employ deep-learning methods in searching for rare processes and long-lived particles.

Progress in fundamental physics calls for pushing the current state-of-the-art for detectors, and developing new technologies that would boost the efficiency while reducing the cost and the environmental impact of future experiments. For future experiment to continue playing their important role in scientific inquiry a solid programme on developing detector technologies is needed.

CHIPS: A new EP-ESE service for the HEP community

by Xavi Llopart Cudie (CERN)

The CERN-HEP IC design Platform and Services (CHIPS) presented a five-year plan to meet the challenges of present and future CMOS designs for HEP experiments and provide support to the community.