June issue of Physics World celebrates Fermilab at 50

1 June 2017

The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month, and features prominently in June’s issues of Physics World, available now.

Physics World June 2017 issue

Fermilab made its name with the Tevatron proton–antiproton collider but neutrinos hold the key to the lab’s future, as Ben Still from Queen Mary University of London makes clear in a feature on the physics of these elusive particles.

You’ll also find a review of Tommaso Dorigo’s new warts-and-all account of life in the CDF collaboration at Fermilab, while Seyda Ipek from the lab pops up in Philip Ball’s homage to the blackboard –also available on physicsworld.com.

And this month’s Lateral Thoughts section reveals how one physicist working in a Scottish call centre ended up chatting to Enrico Fermi’s daughter-in-law about her TV.

Elsewhere in this month’s issue:

  • US science spared budget axe – Despite initial fears of significant funding cuts, America’s 2017 budget largely maintains support for research. But as Peter Gwynne reports, the relief may only be temporary and funding for science may be slashed next year instead
  • Building bridges with the west – Michael Banks talks to theoretical condensed-matter physicist Fuchun Zhang, director of the new Kavli Institute of Theoretical Sciences in Beijing, about the challenges of attracting top-class talent to China
  • Delivering on a quantum promise – With the European Commission investing €1 bn over 10 years in quantum technologies, Karl Svozil warns against overselling many of the initiative’s longer-term goals
  • Local realism is dead, long live local realism? – Rebecca Holmes describes groundbreaking experiments that finally closed the long-standing loopholes in Bell tests, suggesting the end of the road for local realism. But could local realism yet live on?
  • The need for speed – Diagnostics physicist Lorraine Bobb explains how a summer placement at Diamond Light Source helped her make an evidence-based decision about her career path

IOP members can read the issue online.