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ALICE Experiment

Of the six detectors being constructed at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), one is A Large Ion Collider Experiment (ALICE), a specialized detector for heavy ion physics.  Scientists hope ALICE will be key in solving the mystery of the origin of matter. All matter is composed of atoms, consisting of a core nucleus made up of protons and neutrons. These are formed by quarks held together by gluons. ALICE will utilize a solenoid magnet to produce a magnetic field that Read more…

Science Grants from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

This paper discusses President Barack Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which aims to provide Americans with a $787 billion stimulus package. Designed to boost a deteriorating economy and allocate hundreds of billions of dollars in federal tax cuts and social welfare provisions, the act also provides ample funding in the areas of energy and scientific research.  With grants such as the “Solar Market Transformation” and “Transportation Electrification,” the act strives to steer the U.S. economy towards a Read more…

About LIGO - The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory

In the past, many experiments involving particle collisions and quantum phenomena have been generally associated with the results of high energy particle accelerators, the most famous ones including the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the Tevatron at Fermilab.  Yet, a groundbreaking experiment by astrophysicists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and California Institute of Technology seeks to use the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) to detect the radiation of “gravity waves”.  If Read more…

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