- Particle Data Group (PDG) resources
- Particle Physics Information Platforms
- Literature Databases
- Particle Physics Journals and Conference Proceedings Series
- Conference Databases
- Research Institutions
- Software Repositories and Apps
- Data repositories
- Data preservation
- Particle Physics Education and Outreach Sites
1. Introduction [top]
You'll find below a regularly updated collection of online information resources in particle physics and related areas. A slightly condensed version is published in the Particle Data Group (PDG) Review of Particle Physics and can be found at http://pdg.lbl.gov/2017/reviews/rpp2017-rev-online-hep-info.pdf.
Please send suggestions for additions and updates to Annette.Holtkamp@cern.ch.
2. Particle Data Group (PDG) resources [top]
REVIEW OF PARTICLE PHYSICS (RPP)
A comprehensive report on the fields of particle physics and related areas of cosmology and astrophysics, including both review articles and a compilation/evaluation of data on particle properties. The review section includes articles, tables and plots on a wide variety of theoretical and experimental topics of interest to particle physicists and astrophysicists. The particle properties section provides tables of published measurements as well as the Particle Data Groups best values and limits for particle properties such as masses, widths, lifetimes, and branching fractions, and an extensive summary of searches for hypothetical particles. RPP is published as a large book every two years, with partial updates made available once each year on the web.
All the contents of the book version of RPP are available online at http://pdg.lbl.gov.
Printed products can also be ordered at the above URL http://pdg.lbl.gov.
Of historical interest is the complete RPP collection which can be found online: http://library.cern/PDG_publications/review_particle_physics.
PARTICLE PHYSICS BOOKLET
An abridged version of the Review of Particle Physics available as a pocket-sized 300-page booklet. It is one of the most useful summaries of physics data. The booklet contains an abbreviated set of reviews and the summary tables from the most recent edition of the Review of Particle Physics.
The PDF file of the booklet can be downloaded at http://pdg.lbl.gov/current/booklet.pdf.
The printed booklet can be ordered at http://pdg.lbl.gov/2017/html/receive_our_products.html.
A web application for browsing the contents of the PDG database that contains the information published in the Review of Particle Physics. It allows one to navigate to a particle of interest, see a summary of the information available, and then proceed to the detailed information published in the Review of Particle Physics. Data entries are directly linked to the corresponding bibliographic information in INSPIRE.
Data files that can be downloaded from PDG include tables of particle masses and widths, PDG Monte Carlo particle numbers, and cross-section data. The files are updated with each new edition of the Review of Particle Physics.
3. Particle Physics Information Platforms [top]
INSPIRE serves as a one-stop information platform for the particle physics community, comprising 8 interlinked databases on literature, conferences, institutions, journals, researchers, experiments, jobs and data. It is run in collaboration by CERN, DESY, Fermilab, IHEP and SLAC, and has been serving the scientific community for almost 50 years. Previously know as SPIRES, it was the first website outside Europe and the first database on the web. Close interaction with the user community and with arXiv, ADS, HepData, ORCID, JACoW, PDG and publishers is the backbone of INSPIRE’s evolution.
In 2018, INSPIRE is launching a redesigned interface with more efficient searching and filtering. The INSPIRE Labs site is available at https://labs.inspirehep.net.
SPIRES: This indispensable information tool served high energy physicists worldwide for almost 4 decades. SPIRES started as a bibliographic database SPIRES-HEP in 1974 hosted at SLAC in collaboration with DESY and became remotely accessible in the mid 80's. Several databases - CONF, EXP, INST, HEPNames and JOBS - followed and Fermilab joined the team. In December 1991 SPIRES became the first web server outside Europe, from the start closely related to the arXiv repository. For High Energy Physics SPIRES-HEP was the reference for publications, covering not only journal articles and preprints but also conference proceedings, technical reports, theses and other 'gray' literature, the value of the information enhanced by thorough proof-reading, keywords and links to the sister SPIRES databases and other information services.
4. Literature Databases [top]
The SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System is a Digital Library portal offering access to 13 million bibliographic records in Astronomy and Physics. The ADS search engine also indexes the full-text for approximately four million publications in this collection and tracks citations, which now amount to over 80 million links. The system also provides access and links to a wealth of external resources, including electronic articles hosted by publishers and arXiv, data catalogs and a variety of data products hosted by the astronomy archives worldwide. The ADS is developing a new interface which can be accessed at https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/.
A repository of full text papers in physics, mathematics, computer science, statistics, nonlinear sciences, quantitative finance and quantitative biology interlinked with ADS and INSPIRE. Papers are usually submitted by their authors to arXiv in advance of submission to a journal for publication. Primarily covers 1991 to the present but authors are encouraged to post older papers retroactively. Permits searching by author, title, and words in abstract and experimentally also in the fulltext. Allows limiting by subfield archive or by date. Daily update alerts by subfield are available by email and RSS.
The CERN Document Server contains records of about 1,000,000 CERN and non-CERN articles, preprints, theses. It includes records for internal and technical notes, official CERN committee documents, and multimedia objects. CDS is going to focus on its role as institutional repository covering all CERN material from the early 50s and reflecting the holdings of the CERN library. Non-CERN particle and accelerator physics content is in the process of being exported to INSPIRE.
The HEP collection, the flagship of the INSPIRE suite, serves more than 1.1 million bibliographic records with a growing number of fulltexts attached and metadata including author affiliations, abstracts, references, experiments, keywords as well as links to arXiv, ADS, JACoW, PDG, HepData and publisher platforms. It provides fast metadata and fulltext searches, plots extracted from fulltext, author disambiguation, author profile pages and citation analysis and is expanding its content to, e.g., experimental notes.
The Joint Accelerator Conference Website publishes the proceedings of APAC, EPAC, PAC, IPAC, ABDW, BIW, COOL, CYCLOTRONS, DIPAC, ECRIS, FEL, HIAT, ICALEPCS, IBIC, ICAP, LINAC, North American PAC, PCaPAC, RuPAC, SRF. A custom interface allows searching on keywords, titles, authors, and in the fulltext.
This database contains bibliographic records of preprints and technical reports held in the KEK library with links to the full text images of more than 100,000 papers scanned from their worldwide collection of preprints. Particularly useful for older scanned preprints. Links to it are included in INSPIRE HEP.
This database of almost 3 million items provides reviews, abstracts and bibliographic information for much of the mathematical sciences literature. Over 100,000 new items are added each year, most of them classified according to the Mathematics Subject Classification. Authors are uniquely identified, enabling a search for publications by individual author. Over 80,000 reviews on the current published literature are added each year. Citation data allows one to track the history and influence of research publications.
A portal to free, publicly available DOE-sponsored R&D results including technical reports, bibliographic citations, journal articles, conference papers, books, multimedia and data information. SciTech Connect is a consolidation of two core DOE search engines, the Information Bridge and the Energy Citations Database. SciTech Connect incorporates all of the R&D information from these two products into one search interface. It includes over 2.9 million citations, including citations to 1.5 million journal articles. SciTech Connect also has over 440,000 full-text DOE sponsored STI reports; most of these are post-1991, but over 143,000 of the reports were published prior to 1990.
5. Particle Physics Journals and Conference Proceedings Series [top]
The database covers more than 3,550 journals publishing HEP-related articles.
6. Conference Databases [top]
The database of more than 22,000 past, present and future conferences, schools, and meetings of interest to high-energy physics and related fields is searchable by title, acronym, series, date, location. Included are information about published proceedings, links to conference contributions in the INSPIRE HEP database, and links to the conference Web site when available. New conferences can be submitted from the entry page.
7. Research Institutions [top]
The database of more than 11,200 institutes, laboratories, and university departments in which research on particle physics and astrophysics is performed covers six continents and over a hundred countries. Included are address and Web links where available as well as links to the papers from each institution in the HEP database, to scientists listed in HEPNames affiliated to this institution in the past or present and to experiments performed at this institution. Searches can be performed by name, acronym, location, etc. The site offers an alphabetical list by country as well as a list of the top 500 HEP and astrophysics institutions sorted by country.
8. People [top]
Searchable worldwide database of over 119,000 active, retired and deceased people associated with particle physics and related fields. The affiliation history of these researchers, their e-mail addresses, ORCIDs, web pages, experiments they participated in, PhD advisor, information on their graduate students and links to their papers in the INSPIRE HEP, arXiv and ADS databases are provided as well as a user interface to update these informations.
9. Experiments [top]
Contains more than 3,000 past, present, and future experiments in particle physics. Lists both accelerator and non-accelerator experiments. Includes official experiment name and number, location, and collaboration lists. Simple searches by participant, title, experiment number, institution, date approved, accelerator, or detector, return a description of the experiment, including a complete list of authors, title, overview of the experiment’s goals and methods, and a link to the experiment’s web page if available. Recently, it has expanded its scope to include also particle accelerators besides experiments and link them together. Publication lists distinguish articles in refereed journals, theses, technical or instrumentation papers and those which rank among Topcite at 50 or more citations.
This extensive collection of experimental Web sites is organized by focus of study and also by location. Additional sections link to educational materials, organizations, related Web sites, etc. The site is maintained at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg.
10. Jobs [top]
The American Astronomical Society publishes once a month graduate, postgraduate, faculty and other positions mainly in astronomy and astrophysics.
An automated job application system operated by the Department of Mathematics of Duke University, primarily serving North America.
A gateway for physicists, students, and physics enthusiasts to information about physics jobs and careers. Physics job listings, career advice, upcoming workshops and meetings, and career and job related resources provided by the American Physical Society.
A recruitment service run by IOP Publishing that connects employers from different industry sectors with jobseekers who have a background in physics and engineering.
Careers information and resources primarily aimed at university students are provided by the UK Institute of Physics.
lists academic and research jobs in high energy physics, nuclear physics, accelerator physics and astrophysics with the option to post a job or to receive email notices of new job listings. More than 600 jobs are corrently listed.
Online recruitment advertising website for Physics Today magazine, published by the American Institute of Physics. Physics Today Jobs is the managing partner of the AIP Career Network, an online job board network for the physical science, engineering, and computing disciplines. 8,000 resumes are currently available, and more than 2,500 jobs were posted in 2012.
11. Software Packages and Repositories [top]
A collection of software and information about software useful in high- energy physics and adjacent disciplines, focusing on open-source software for data analysis and visualization. Searching can be done by title, subject, date acquired, date updated, or by browsing an alphabetical list of all packages.
A collection of software and information about software useful in high- energy physics and adjacent disciplines, focusing on open-source software for data analysis and visualization. Searching can be done by title, subject, date acquired, date updated, or by browsing an alphabetical list of all packages.
The Generator Services project collaborates with Monte Carlo (MC) generators authors and with LHC experiments in order to prepare validated LCG compliant code for both the theoretical and experimental communities at the LHC, sharing the user support duties, providing assistance for the development of the new object-oriented generators and guaranteeing the maintenance of the older packages on the LCG supported platforms. The project consists of the generators repository, validation, HepMC record and MCDB event databases.
A development environment for high-energy physics software development projects, in particular housing many event-generator related projects, that offers a ready-made, easy-to-use set of Web based tools, including shell account with up to date development tools, web page hosting, subversion and CVS code management systems, mailing lists, bug tracker and wiki system.
11.2. Particle Physics software
General purpose software packages
A global fitting code for generic Beyond the Standard Model theories, designed to allow fast and easy definition of new models, observables, likelihoods, scanners and backend physics codes.
This framework for data processing in high-energy physics, born at CERN, offers applications to store, access, process, analyze and represent data or perform simulations.
A list of Monte Carlo generators can be found here.
The homepage of the SUSY Les Houches Accord contains links to codes relevant for supersymmetry calculations and phenomenology.
A variety of codes and algorithmic tools for analysing supersymmetric phenomenology is described in arXiv:0805.2088.
G. Cowan's list provides links (some of them outdated) to HEP software, general statistics and data analysis links.
A multi-purpose particle physics event generator. It is able to perform simulations at next-to-leading order in QCD. It is based on key physics motivations such as coherent parton showers (including both angular-ordered and dipole evolution), the cluster hadronization model, an eikonal multiple interaction model and has highly flexible BSM capabilities
A framework that aims at providing all the elements necessary for SM and BSM phenomenology, such as the computations of cross sections, the generation of hard events and their matching with event generators, and the use of a variety of tools relevant to event manipulation and analysis.
A framework to match next-to-leading-order calculations with event generators.
A multi-purpose particle physics event generator. It contains theory and models for a number of physics aspects, including hard and soft interactions, parton distributions, initial- and final-state parton showers, multiparton interactions, fragmentation and decay.
A multi-purpose particle physics event generator for the Simulation of High-Energy Reactions of PArticles in lepton-lepton, lepton-photon, photon-photon, lepton-hadron and hadron-hadron collisions.
Generic NLO cross-section and distribution calculators
This package allows for the automated calculation of one-loop amplitudes for multi-particle processes in renormalizable quantum field theories.
MCFM (Monte carlo for FeMtobarn processes) is a program designed to calculate cross-sections for various femtobarn-level processes at hadron-hadron colliders.
A fully automated implementation for fast numerical evaluation of tree and one-loop matrix elements for any Standard Model process.
PDF and renormalization-group evolution software
A library for performing DGLAP evolution up to next-to-next-to-leading-order in QCD and leading-order in QED, both with pole and MS masses.
A Fortran 95 package for carrying out QCD DGLAP evolution and other common manipulations of parton distribution functions (PDFs).
HEP community standard library for parton distribution function evolution and querying, including official collection of PDF data sets.
Allows to plot TMDs and PDFs as a function of different variables.
Packages for running and decoupling the strong coupling and quark masses.
An open source QCD fit framework to extract PDFs and assess the impact of new data.
Detector simulation software
A C++ framework, performing a fast multipurpose detector response simulation.
A fully integrated particle physics MonteCarlo simulation package, with applications in high energy experimental physics and engineering, shielding, detector and telescope design, cosmic ray studies, dosimetry, medical physics and radio-biology.
Geant4 is a toolkit for the simulation of the passage of particles through matter. Its areas of application include high energy, nuclear and accelerator physics, as well as studies in medical and space science.
Event analysis software
FastJet is a software package for jet finding in pp and e+e- collisions. It includes fast native implementations of many sequential recombination clustering algorithms, plugins for access to a range of cone jet finders and tools for advanced jet manipulation.
The Rivet toolkit, a system for validation of Monte Carlo event generators, provides a large set of experimental analyses useful for MC generator development, validation, and tuning.
Lattice QCD simulation software
This freely available software suite provides a set of tools to be used in lattice QCD simulations, mainly a HMC implementation for Wilson and Wilson twisted mass fermions and inverter for different versions of the Dirac operator.
Library for performing calculations in lattice QCD on GPUs using NVIDIA's CUDA platform. The current release includes optimized solvers for Wilson, Clover-improved Wilson,Twisted mass, Staggered, Improved staggered, Domain wall and Mobius fermion actions.
The software suite enables lattice QCD computations to be performed with high performance across a variety of architectures. The page contains links to the project web pages of the individual software modules, as well as to complete lattice QCD application packages which use them.
The Astrophysics Source Code Library (ASCL) is a free online registry for source codes of interest to astronomers and astrophysicists and lists codes that have been used in research that has appeared in, or been submitted to, peer-reviewed publications.
The Astropy Project is a community effort to develop a single core package for Astronomy in Python and foster interoperability between Python astronomy packages.
The Image Reduction and Analysis Facility is a general purpose software system for the reduction and analysis of astronomical data. IRAF is written and supported by the IRAF programming group at the National Optical Astronomy Observatories (NOAO) in Tucson, Arizona.
Starlink was a UK Project supporting astronomical data processing. It was shut down in 2005 but its open-source software continued to be developed at the Joint Astronomy Centre until March 2015. It is currently maintained by the East Asian Observatory. The open-source software products are a collection of applications and libraries, usually focused on a specific aspect of data reduction or analysis.
Links to a large number of astronomy software archives are listed at http://heasarc.nasa.gov/docs/heasarc/astro-update/
11.3. Web Apps
This online parton density function plotter allows to compare predictions for different PDF fits.
A tool to give a simple estimate of the relation between the mass reaches of different proton-proton collider configurations.
11.4. Mobile Apps
Android app for browsing and searching arXiv.org, and for reading, saving and sharing articles
Scans downloads folder for pdf files from arXiv. Adds title, authors and summary and makes all this information easily searchable from inside the application
This mobile app allows to see data from the ATLAS experiment at the LHC.
This smartphone app allows to see collisions from the Large Hadron Collider.
App for Apple iPad, Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface. Allows to browse a wealth of real ‘event’ images and videos, read popular ‘biographies’ of each of the particles and explore the A-Z of particle physics with its details and definitions of key concepts, laboratories and physicists. Developed by Science Photo Library in partnership with Prof. Frank Close.
12. Data repositories [top]
12.1. Particle Physics
The CERN Open Data portal provides data from real collision events, produced by the experiments at the LHC; virtual machines to reproduce the analysis environment; and software to process them. It serves almost 30 TB of data and encourages use both for educational and research purposes.
The HEPData project, funded by the STFC (UK) and based at Durham University, has been built up over the past four decades as a unique repository for scattering data from experimental particle physics papers. It currently comprises the data points from plots and tables related to several thousand publications including those from the LHC. The data from HEPData can also be accessed through INSPIRE. A new enhanced service was recently developed in collaboration with CERN.
A repository with Monte Carlo simulations for particle-collision experiments. It contains predictions from parton shower models and includes Monte Carlo events after fast and full detector simulations and event reconstruction.
The International Lattice Data Grid is an international organization which provides standards, services, methods and tools that facilitate the sharing and interchange of lattice QCD gauge configurations among scientific collaborations, by uniting their regional data grids. It offers semantic access with local tools to worldwide distributed data.
This central database of MC events aims to facilitate communication between Monte-Carlo experts and users of event samples in LHC collaborations. Having these events stored in a public place along with the corresponding documentation allows for direct cross checks of the performances on reference samples.
mcplots is a repository of Monte Carlo plots comparing High Energy Physics event generators to a wide variety of available experimental data. The site is supported by the LHC Physics Centre at CERN.
This astronomy data repository at Harvard is open to all scientific data from astronomical institutions worldwide.
The High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC) is the primary archive for NASA's (and other space agencies') missions dealing with electromagnetic radiation from extremely energetic phenomena ranging from black holes to the Big Bang.
The NASA archives provide access to raw and processed datasets from numerous NASA missions.
- Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST): Hubble telescope, other missions (UV, optical)
- NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive: Spitzer, Herschel, Planck telescope, other missions
An astronomical database that collates and cross-correlates information on extragalactic objects. It contains their positions, basic data, and names as well as bibliographic references to published papers, and notes from catalogs and other publications. NED supports searches for objects and references, and offers browsing capabilities for abstracts of articles of extragalactic interest.
"A major priority for NASA is making its astronomy holdings available through standard interfaces to the science community. These pages describe the work of the NASA Astronomical Virtual Observatories (NAVO), a collaboration of NASA's astronomy archives, who have developed a comprehensive model for distributing data through standardized machine-queryable interfaces."
The SIMBAD astronomical database provides basic data, cross-identifications, bibliography and measurements for astronomical objects outside the solar system. It can be queried by object name, coordinates and various criteria. Lists of objects and scripts can be submitted.
Search for Solar Physics Data Products
VizieR provides access to the most complete library of published astronomical catalogues and data tables available on line organized in a self-documented database. Query tools allow the user to select relevant data tables and to extract and format records matching given criteria. Currently, more than 16,000 catalogues are available.
12.3. General Physics
The National Institute of Standards and Technology provides access to physical reference data (physical constants, atomic spectroscopy data, x-ray and gamma-ray data, radiation dosimetry data, nuclear physics data and more) and measurements and calibrations data (dimensional measurements, electromagnetic measurements).
Landolt- Börnstein is a high-quality data collection in all areas of physical sciences and engineering, among others particle physics, electronic structure and transport, magnetism, superconductivity. International experts scan the primary literature in more than 8,000 peer-reviewed journals and evaluate and select the most valid information to be included in the database. It includes more than 100,000 online documents, 1,2 million references, and covers 250,000 chemical substances. The search functionality is freely accessible and the search results are displayed in their context, whereas the full text is secured to subscribers.
13. Data preservation [top]
13.1. Particle Physics
CERN Analysis Preservation is a platform for preserving knowledge and assets of individual physics analyses in LHC collaborations. Its aim is to capture and document all the elements needed to understand and rerun an analysis even several years later: Data, software, environment, workflow, context, and documentation. This platform is currently in a pilot stage. It is accessible by LHC experimental groups (standard collaboration access restrictions are applied).
A collective effort to explore the realisation of a viable data, software and algorithm preservation architecture in High Energy Physics.
DPHEP coordinates the efforts to define and implement Data Preservation and Long Term Analysis in HEP. DPHEP, which was initiated as a Study Group in 2008-2009, includes all major HEP experiments and labs and since 2014 has become a Collaboration through the signature of a Collaboration Agreement by a number of large funding agencies. Details of the organizational structure, the objectives, workshops and publications can be found on the website. The group is endorsed by the International Committee for Future Accelerators (ICFA). Regular workshops are organised, status reports are produced and links with similar activities in other disciplines are maintained.
REANA (REusable ANAlyses) is a system for instantiating research data analyses on the cloud using container-based solutions. It complements CERN Analysis Preservation permitting the reuse and revalidation of preserved analyses. It is being developed in close collaboration with DASPOS and RECAST.
Building on analysis preservation and re-use infrastructure of the LHC experiments, RECAST acts as a science gateway allowing theorists to suggest new reinterpretations of archived analyses of the LHC dataset. Experiments review suggestions and if approved, simulate the proposed models and re-run the archived analysis to determine their viability. Such reinterpretation results are then appended to the records of the original publication in the relevant digital archives.
More formal and advanced data preservation activity is ongoing in the field of Experimental Astrophysics, including :
IVOA (International Virtual Observatory Alliance)
LOSC (LIGO Open Science Center)
PLA (Planck Legacy Archive)
SDSS (Sloan Digital Sky Survey)
IVOA (International Virtual Observatory Alliance)
14. Particle Physics Education and Outreach Sites [top]
A useful list of resources can also be found on the STFC website.
14.1. Science Educators' Networks
The International Particle Physics Outreach Group is a network of particle physicists, researchers, informal science educators and science explainers aiming to raise awareness, understanding and standards of global outreach efforts in particle physics and general science by providing discussion forums and regular information exchange for science institutions, proposing and implementing strategies to share lessons learned and best practices and promoting current outreach efforts of network members.
Interactions is designed to serve as a central resource for communicators of particle physics. The daily updated site provides links to current particle physics news from the world's press, high-resolution photos and graphics from the particle physics laboratories of the world; links to education and outreach programs; information about science policy and funding; links to universities; a glossary; a conference calendar; and links to many educational sites.
I2U2 (Interactions in Understanding the Universe)
The I2U2 e-Labs use the Internet and distributed computing in high-school classes and provide an opportunity for students to organise and conduct authentic research; experience the environment of scientific collaborations; make real scientific contributions. It is supported by QuarkNet, NSF and DOE.
14.2. Physics Courses
These MIT course materials reflect almost all the undergraduate and graduate subjects taught at MIT. In addition to physics courses, supplementary educational resources are also available.
Open Courseware is a collection of online tests, video lectures, and related course materials from mostly prestigious universities around the world.
14.3. Master Classes
Each year about 10000 high school students in 42 countries come to one of about 200 nearby universities or research centres for one day in order to unravel the mysteries of particle physics. Lectures from active scientists give insight in topics and methods of basic research at the fundaments of matter and forces, enabling the students to perform measurements on real data from particle physics experiments themselves. At the end of each day, like in an international research collaboration, the participants join in a video conference for discussion and combination of their results.
LHC Physics Masterclasses
Lectures from active scientists give insight into methods of basic research, enabling the students to perform measurements on real data from LHC experiments. Like in an international research collaboration, the participants then discuss their results and compare with expectations. They are provided by the CMS, LHCb and ALICE experiments.
The IceCube masterclasses allow young students to learn about particle astrophysics by doing real research.
MINERVA (Masterclass INvolving Event Recognition Visualized with Atlantis) is a masterclass tool for students to learn more about the ATLAS experiment at CERN, based on a simplified setup of the ATLAS event display, Atlantis.
14.4. General Sites
CPEP provides charts, brochures, Web links, and classroom activities. Online interactive courses include: Fundamental Particles and Interactions; Plasma Physics and Fusion; History and Fate of the Universe; and Nuclear Science.
This site maintained by the American Physical Society provides information about current research and people in physics, experiments that can be performed at home or at school and the possibility to get physics questions answered by physicists.
14.5. General Physics Lessons & Activities
An exploration environment for concepts in physics employing concept maps and other linking strategies and providing opportunities for numerical exploration.
This brief introduction to Nuclear Science looks at Antimatter, Beta rays, Cosmic connection and much more. It is produced by the Nuclear Science Division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
14.6. Particle Physics Lessons & Activities
With the aim of looking at the myth versus the reality of sscience at CERN this site offers teacher resources, slide shows and videos of talks given to teachers visiting CERN.
This Web site, produced by the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council of the UK (PPARC), explains what physicists are looking for with their giant instruments called accelerators and particle detectors. Big Bang Science focuses on CERN particle detectors and on United Kingdom scientists' contribution to the search for the fundamental building blocks of matter.
CAMELIA (Cross-platform Atlas Multimedia Educational Lab for Interactive Analysis) is a discovery tool for the general public, based on computer gaming technology.
With a range of games, multimedia applications and films CERNland is the virtual theme park developed to bring the excitement of CERN's research to a young audience aged between 7 and 12. CERNland is designed to show children what is being done at CERN and inspire them with some physics at the same time.
Collidingparticles is a series of films following a team of physicists involved in research at the LHC.
This educational program enables students to investigate the Universe while applying tools and cocncepts from science, math and technology.
A web-based citizen science project to help search for unknown
exotic particles in the LHC data.
HYPATIA (Hybrid Pupil's Analysis Tool for Interactions in Atlas) is a tool for high school students to inspect the graphic visualization of products or particle collisionss in the ATLAS detector at CERN.
This NASA site is intended for students age 14 and up and for anyone interested in learning about the universe.
Podcast about physics and the process of discovering physics at the ATLAS experiment.
This site, suitable for 16+ students, offers a number of simulations and explanations of particle physics, including a section on the LHC.
Volunteer computing platform to help physicists compare theory with experiment, in the search for new fundamental particles and answers to questions about the Universe.
- ATLAS @ Home is a research project that uses volunteer computing to run simulations of the ATLAS experiment at CERN.
- Beauty allows volunteers to participate in simulations of the LHCb experiment at CERN.
- CMS @ Home is currently under development.
- The SIXTRACK project allows users with Internet-connected computers to participate in advancing Accelerator Physics.
- Test4Theory allows volunteers to run simulations of high-energy particle physics on their home computers. The results are submitted to a database which is used as a common resource by both experimental and theoretical scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.
One of the most popular Web sites for learning the fundamentals of matter and force. An award-winning interactive tour of quarks, neutrinos, antimatter, extra dimensions, dark matter, accelerators and particle detectors from the Particle Data Group of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Simple elegant graphics and translations into 16 languages.
This project, targeted to kids aged 7-12 (and their families), brings subatomic physics to life through a multimedia project including an interactive website, a facilitated program for museums and schools, and an educational outreach program.
QuarkNet brings the excitement of particle physics research to high school teachers and their students. Teachers join research groups at about 50 universities and labs across the country. These research groups are part of particle physics experiments at CERN or Fermilab. About 100,000 students from 500+ US high schools learn fundamental physics as they participate in inquiry-oriented investigations and analyze real data online. QuarkNet is supported in part by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy.
The three videos based on interviews with scientists and engineers at CERN introduce pupils to CERN and the type of research and work undertaken there and are accompanied by teachers' notes.
14.7. Lab Education Offices
The Office of Educational Programs mission is to design, develop, implement, and facilitate workforce development and education initiatives that support the scientific mission at Brookhaven National Laboratory and the Department of Energy.
The CERN Teacher Programmes help teachers keep up-to-date with the latest developments in particle physics and related areas and enables to meet teaching colleagues from around the world.
In the High-School Students Internship Programme CERN invites students aged 16-19 to come to CERN for two weeks, to gain practical experience in science, technology, and innovation by shadowing, observing, and working with a member of personnel.
Offers courses for pupils and teachers as well as information for the general public, mostly in German.
The Fermilab Education Office provides education resources and information about activities for educators, physicists, students and visitors to the Lab. In addition to information on 25 programs, the site provides online data-based investigations for high school students, online versions of exhibits in the Lederman Science Center, links to particle physics discovery resources, web-based instructional resources, what works for education and outreach, and links to the Lederman Science Center and the Teacher Resource Center.
This group carries out Berkeley Labs mission to inspire and prepare the next generation of scientists, engineers, and technicians.
This Stanford Linear Accelerator Center Web site explains physics concepts related to experiments conducted at SLAC.
14.8. Educational Programs of Experiments
One of several access points to ATLAS education and outreach pages. This page gives access to explanations of physical concepts, blogs, ATLAS facts, news, and information for students and teachers.
ATLAS eTours give a description of the Large Hadron Collider, explain how the ATLAS detector at the LHC works and give an overview over the experiments and their physics goals.
Provides access to educational resources (Story of the Universe, The Size of Things, What is a Particle), and to multimedia material, such as interviews, movies and photos.
The CMS e-Lab provides students with an opportunity to analyze data to calibrate the detector and participate in discovery science
Educational pages of the IceCube (South Pole Neutrino Detector).
The LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) Science Education Center has over 40 interactive, hands-on exhibits that relate to the science of LIGO. The site hosts field trips for students, teacher training programs, and tours for the general public. Visitors can explore science concepts such as light, gravity, waves, and interference; learn about LIGO's search for gravitational waves; and interact with scientists and engineers.
High-school students learn about LIGO's quest for gravitational waves as they analyze the vibrations of the ground underneath LIGO's ultrasensitive interferometers.
The site offers information about cosmic rays and their detection, and provides material for students and teachers.
bimonthly magazine about particle physics from INFN, the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare
The newsletter of the Linear Collider community
The InterActions site provides news and press releases on particle physics.
This email newsletter reports about cutting-edge science, major SLAC milestones and other lab news. It has replaced SLAC Today in November 2013.
This magazine about particle physics and its connections to other aspects of life and science, from interdisciplinary collaborations to policy to culture is published 6 times per year by Fermilab and SLAC.
14.10 Art in Physics
Arts at CERN promotes the dialogue between artists and particle physics.
- The Collide@CERN residency programme aims to develop expert knowledge in the arts through the connection with fundamental science. Since 2011 the COLLIDE award calls to artists to win a fully funded residency for up to 3 months.
- Accelerate@CERN is a country specific one-month research award for artists who have never spent time in a science lab before.
Art @ CMS aims to create a dialog between artists and scientists
The Canadian Association of Physicists organizes this competition, the first was launched in 1992, with the aim of stimulating interest, especially among non-scientists, in some of the captivating imagery associated with physics. The challenge is to capture photographically a beautiful or unusual physics phenomenon and explain it in less than 200 words in terms that everyone can understand.
Arts program dedicated to the interaction between Art and Science.
Lists of active blogs and tweets can be found on INSPIRE:
Some selected particle physics related blogs:
Blog with tips and tricks for professional astronomers
Technology Review blog on new ideas at arXiv.org
Thoughts on work and life from particle physicists from around the world, from 2005 to 2016.
The US LHC blog gives a vivid account of the daily activity of US LHC researchers.
The Quantum diaries survivorExperimental particle physicist Tommaso Dorigo's blog.
The latest news and gossips in particle and astrophysics.
Launched in January 2006, ScienceBlogs features bloggers from a wide array of scientific disciplines, including physics.