Michael Tytgat has been awarded the annual science communication prize for conceiving and leading the Cool Physics Days project. The jury has nothing but praise for the trans- and interdisciplinary approach to bring a not-so-obvious branch of science (particle physics) to the general public. In all areas, thought was given to reducing barriers and providing… Continue reading One KVAB 2020 Science Communication awards goes to a be.h member
Gravitational waves and fundamental physics
Gravitational waves were first detected indirectly through observations of the orbital decay of the Hulse-Taylor binary. As the pulsars orbit, they radiate energy in the form of gravitational waves, which means the potential energy and hence distance between the two must decrease in order to compensate. As shown in Fig. 1, the observations of this… Continue reading Gravitational waves and fundamental physics
First year of PhD: how to begin.
PhD: Doctor of Philosophy, the highest degree that a person can earn. Its main purpose is to train university research and teaching. This is one of the most common definition of what to do a PhD means, but how about being a PhD student? Well, that’s much more difficult to explain in one or two… Continue reading First year of PhD: how to begin.
CMS Induction Days at CERN
Research life is very challenging. It is very human for a young researcher to lose focus of his work. When I moved to Brussels for my doctoral degree, away from dear friends and family, I faced a somewhat similar situation. I believe myself as a very social person and like doing things that will impact… Continue reading CMS Induction Days at CERN
WP2 meeting: introduction to effective field theory
On November 22 we held a meeting at UCL to introduce the PhD and postdoctoral scientists recently joining the project to the standard model effective field theory. As many as 26 participants attended ! Excellent pedagogical talks were given, triggering lively discussions. We are gearing up to squeeze the most out of the LHC collision… Continue reading WP2 meeting: introduction to effective field theory