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In this issue:
ATLAS in Song: Electrons in Your Left Ear, Muons in Your Right
ATLAS in Literature: Popping Up Next Month across North America
SLAC Colloquium June 7
Home Sweet Home: June 3 Course to Provide Basics for Homebuyers
Legacy Logowear Sale

SLAC Today

Monday - May 24, 2010

ATLAS in Song: Electrons in Your Left Ear, Muons in Your Right

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ATLAS—the world's largest musical instrument? (Photo: CERN.)

On the iSGTW Nature Networks Forum the other day, reader Lily Asquith mentioned the "LHC Sounds" project, which just started this past January.

There is a whole community of particle physicists, composers, software developers and artists, who are working together to convert raw data from the ATLAS detector into sound. It can be a useful scientific analysis technique... and the source of a cool new art form.

The LHC Sounds Web site explains how such "sonification" is done. Essentially, software on ATLAS takes silicon detector hits and energy deposits—or "objects"—and converts them into streams of ones and zeroes, which can then be rendered step-by-step into two or three columns of numbers, known as a "breakpoint file."

This file can then be used as a kind of musical note list, which can be read by compositional software such as the Composers Desktop Project Read more from iSGTW...

ATLAS in Literature: Popping Up Next Month across North America

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Uncovering the inner workings of the ATLAS experiment. (Photo: CERN.)

The world’s first Large Hadron Collider pop-up book has gotten a makeover for North American readers. The silver edition of "Voyage to the Heart of Matter" features changes to text and design, as well as some enhanced pop-up action to better represent the Large Hadron Collider and ATLAS detector. The new edition of the eight-page book will be available from major bookstores and online retailers in the United States and Canada starting at the end of June.

LHC-philes (and pop-up aficionados) in the New York City area can get a sneak preview of the book and learn more about the world’s most powerful particle accelerator at a special event next Tuesday evening, May 25 at the New York Academy of Sciences. "Pop-Up Particle Physics from the Large Hadron Collider" will feature a panel discussion moderated by Alan Alda, book-signing and reception. Panelists will include Harvard theoretical physicist Lisa Randall, ATLAS physicist and Columbia University professor Michael Tuts, and book author Emma Sanders from CERN.

This story first appeared in Symmetry Breaking.

SLAC Colloquium June 7

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There will be no colloquium today. The SLAC Colloquia will resume on June 7 with Henry Chapman of DESY presenting "First Bio-Imaging Results from LCLS."

Home Sweet Home: June 3 Course to Provide Basics for Homebuyers

Thinking of buying a home? Education and creating a plan of action are vital when endeavoring to make the biggest investment of your life. Bring a brown bag lunch and plan to attend a home buying seminar, hosted by Stanford Federal Credit Union on Thursday, June 3 at noon in the Kavli Auditorium. This free seminar will be presented by Michael Mendenhall, a realtor with Keller Williams Silicon Valley.

Event topics include:

1) Purchasing real estate in the current market,
2) Step by step strategies for becoming an owner,
3) Understanding your financing choices,
4) Acquainting you with required documentation,
5) The truth about foreclosures and short sales, and
6) Viewing homes and making offers that get accepted.

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Legacy Logowear Sale

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FOLA voluteers.
(Photo courtesy FOLA.)

Don't miss your last chance to purchase Legacy Logowear items! T-Shirts, Sweatpants, Mugs and more featuring the old SLAC logo will be available for only two more weeks.

The Friends of the Linear Accelerator, FOLA, will set up tables in the Panofsky Auditorium Breezeway tomorrow, May 25, to kick off the two-week Legacy sale. Stop by between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesday to purchase the discounted legacy items. Items remaining after 2 p.m. on Tuesday will be available for purchase at the Stanford Guest House through June 8.

While Tuesday's afternoon sale will feature only legacy items, new logo items are also available anytime at the Stanford Guest House. They will also be available at the public lecture tomorrow evening (new logo items only) and at all upcoming public lectures. Please note that FOLA is unable to accept credit cards in the breezeway—so bring cash or your checkbook! Or head down to the Stanford Guest House, where credit cards are welcome.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of all SLAC logo items are held by the FOLA, and given back to the lab in one form or another. In 2008, FOLA purchased six picnic tables which are now being enjoyed by employees across the lab.


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