10/22/15 Radio Show feat. Stephane Cooperstein, Particle Physicist

In this show we discuss the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, generally how particle physicists do what they do, and of course the Higgs boson. Stephane is part of the CMS detector group at Princeton and is actively working towards fully characterizing what’s called the Higgs boson “decay modes” (the different ways the Higgs could decay). We discuss it, so listen in!

(Playlist at the bottom, below the images.)

Below is a bubble chamber image, as discussed in the interview. Isn’t it beautiful?


bubble chamber fermilab

bubble chamber diagram

But when we discuss “jets” we’re referring to something like this:

particle jets

Some photos of the detector we discuss in the interview, and what Stephane works on, CMS.

CMS CMS_diagram

Artist Song Album Label
Modern Lovers Astral Plane Modern Lovers
Neko Case Man The Worse Things Get the harder I fight the harder I fight the more I love you Anti, Inc
Menace Beach Come on Give Up Ratworld Memphis Industries
Bratmobile Throwaway Pottymouth Kill Rock Stars
<Break – talking with Stephane>
Sharkmuffin Mondays Chartreuse Little Dickman Recrods
Young Fathers Shame White men are black men too Big Dada
Worriers Parts Imaginary Life Don Giovanni
Royal Headache Need You High What’s your rupture?
<Break – talking with Stephane>
Joan Shelley Not Over by Half NPR Tiny Desk Concert
Noah Gundersen Poor Man’s Son N/A Studio Litho
Denison Witmer Stations Of Joy and Sorrow Antique Shades
<Break – talking with Stephane>
Daniel Bachman Honeysuckle Reel Jesus, I’m a Sinner Tompkins Square
Tacocat Bridge to Hawaii NVM Hardly Art
Bara Heida I got your back S/T? Bara Heida
Flesh World Poolside Boys The Wild Animals in my life Iron Lung Records
Potty Mouth The Bomb Potty Mouth EP Planet Whatever
Marcus Mumford and Oscar Isaac Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song) Inside Llewyn Davis Soundtrack Nonesuch records
Downtown Boys Dancing in the Dark Full Communism Don Giovanni
Horse Lords All that is sold Hidden Cities NNA Tapes
Colleen Green Deeper than love I want to grow up Hardly Art
Waxahatchee La Loose Ivy Tripp Merge Records

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