Introduceyourself: Particle Physicist at the Compact Muon Solenoid at CERN

in steemstem •  9 months ago

I'm an experimental particle physicist working at the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment at the LHC.
selfie with detector
(this is the experiment I work on. No white coats, but safety helmets!)

As this is quite an exciting job that people are interested in, I am rather active on social media (particularly twitter). Recently I gave a tour to a group of #steemSTEM enthousiasts; and guess what? Now I am on steem! (thanks @lemouth and #steemSTEM team!)

What you can expect from my account is posts on hot topics in particle physics, particularly when it is in the media. I also have the possibility to take high tech pictures with explanations of what is happening, in my job I regularly get to visit all sorts of not frequently accessible high tech sites.

selfie at fusion reactor
(selfie at test fusion tokamak JET)

I also attend many conferences and places where I am invited to teach, some more exotic than other, locationwise. It includes regular and fast costume changes
(visiting a particle physics detector lab at University of Oxford to look at a robot that I developed as a MSc student, only to show up at a fancy dinner 30 minutes later)

And then I regularly go to (particle) physics experiments, and I take visitor groups down 100 meter underground to our see our beautiful CMS detector.

And of course: #Shoes! And probably some food porn

(this is a dessert that I had at an excellent two-michelin star restaurant recently)

Let's see how it goes, I like variation as I am someone who really needs very very regular change. Also for the shoes :)

ps: suggestions on how to do better image formatting on the steem flavour of markdown are exceptionally welcome!

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You joined the group! Now stay with us or you're doing it wrong!

It's good seeing you here, I was waiting since our visit for that :) Hope you have a great time here, steemSTEM is totally supporting you!


Thanks! I am trying to figure out what to write some posts about, if you have any suggestions just let me know :)


Gosh, you could write about a lot of things. Your experiences working for CERN, what it was like designing the CMS detector, your work promoting women in particle physics. You're a rock star, looking forward to hearing what you have to say :)


Talk about particle physics! People like that :)


And cables ! Cables are cool.


I like cables too!


Agreed, it's awesome to read about subjects the writer is passionate/knowledgeable about! I would love to learn more about your experiences at CERN!


Wether or not all your friends play rock paper scissors lizard spock ?😁


We do :)


You could do a broad overview of the LHC - that would be pretty cool. I read some popular science articles saying that the ATLAS collaboration at the LHC had made some of the first accurate mass measurements of the W Boson. That would be interesting to elaborate on if you have any inside knowledge. Or you could just talk about the W Boson. Or just Bosons. Anyways - welcome!


I hope you will benefit from this wonderful site. We really need some scientists to take advantage of it. Welcome to my name and the rest of everyone's name


Welcome to STEEM, I'm new here too. I look forward to following you :)
Warm Greetings, Catherine.


ps: looking at your profile, I now realise what an honour it was to see your face :)


The face is a very rare sight !


Haha :D

And I will let you know if I think of something that might be interesting.
Tbh, you could probably put everything you told us into several posts. 1k words is usually a good length (maximum) and you won't be able to fit everything in there.


I often aim for 1200, but that's pushing it a little.


Nice to meet you. It's soo cool !!!
Welcome to this great family.
I hope you're going to make a lot of success in this great community.
I wish you all the best !!!


Cant believe even a scientist from CERN can be found here! I cant imagine how cool it is. I wonder if you @freyablekman have ever operated Grid, that super computer


Yes I use the grid on a regular basis and will write a post about it eventually


Well said


That's really thoughtful of y'all ☺

Glad you are here :) That tour was one of the best experiences of my life!


Wow, that is big praise! Thanks, I'm delighted to hear that!


Hello friend, you support me with a vote, greetings, blessings

A warm welcome to Steemit Freya, you will find that the community you just set your foot into is a dynamic and vibrant one.

There is a lot of particle physics going on and around on our platform, with different styles, ideas and approaches.

I look forward to reading yours!

Hi, friend. It's amazing to have you here with us. Do explore and have fun. @greatness96 says WELCOME TO STEEMIT

It is great to have a top physicist (a private joke that no one may understand ;) ) here on board! Glad that you finally posted an introduction!

PS: I am in my train :)


Excellent, see you soon! And let me know if you don’t get those data cards and I will wield my bossy powers :-)


We have them. Am now reimplementing the other 4top analysis in MA5. Let's see how good we are in reproducing your results :)


Yeah should be easy, the lepton analysis mostly uses the same techniques as the standard supersymmetry search in the same final state (it is essentially a retune) so my advice would be to start from the gluino-mediated stop searches and just change the few selection cuts that are difficult:-)


I usually start from scratch. I am so used to the code this is way faster than copy pasting + modifying.

I need one hour, mostly. to code an analysis (and just because I like writing a lot of comments :p), but I don't have that hour easily at the moment. Maybe calmly from a coffee place in Lawrence next week (I still a pile of more important stuff to tackle, remember ;) )

Weee I'm so glad to see you here ! The visit of the CMS was amazing I loved it, and apart from the actual beast, you contributed greatly to the experience being able to answer basically any questions that we had :)

Thanks again for the visit and welcome !

As for the formatting, put the image inside of <center> tags to center it or inside

<div class="pull-right">to put it on the right and <div class="pull-left">to pull it to the left.


So essentially HTML instead of the markdown language? Thanks, I will try that


Most of the "basic" html works yes, bold tables, titles etc. But don't expect too much out of it.


sorry it thought this was an image!
Use center tags to center an image as well and use the box brackets to place attribute data. You can also use HTML markup.

To center an image

! [attribute data]( http;//someimage </center|>

To resize an image

resize some image


So I cannot upload my image to steemit and then resize it on the fly in markdown? disappointing :( :(

Welcome to the community! Good luck! Followed!

Wow. What a job

Welcome to Steemit @freyablekman ! :)

I hope you people at CERN don't accidentally create a black hole or something that wipes us all out in two seconds. I know, I probably sound ignorant, I'm not a physicist...

welcome to steemit

Just had a look at your Google Scholar page. Nice track record. ;-)


yep :) I am not afraid to say I am one of the leaders in my field, including the huge paper output that comes with that. Actually, that may be a nice post topic, thanks!!

Welcome to our blockchain platform @freyablekman!

You are at least the second person working out there joining us. What a treat and an honour to see you coming in and I already can't wait to see what you are going to share with us. Maybe some particle physics news "Live"?!?

Namaste :)


Thanks! Already I post daily new papers on twitter, that's probably as "Live" as it is going to get for now. But who knows, I look forward to seeing what steemit has to offer :)


From now on, you can post your daily content on Steemit, put the link in your Twitter or simply post on both sites, and you'll find out fairly quickly... As time goes by, people posting quality are bound to be seen read and upvoted by the people who have more Steem Power, voting leverage to give you Steem, and the Steems will stack rounding off your monthly wage very very nicely, not to mention the retirement package! ;)

Namaste :)

I always think it's funny they call it the "Large" hadron collider. It's the ONLY hadron collider. It could be called the itsy-bitsy hardon collider. Now I am wondering about the "compact" moun solenoid. Is there an non-compact? Sub-compact? Luxury moun solenoid? CERN is really, really cool when G+ launched hangouts, I pulled my oldest out of school for the first CERN hangout....6 or 7 years later and he is all about science. Your work has a far-reaching impact☺☺☺


I was heavily involved with those hangouts, both on and off camera, so am delighted to hear you and your son like them!

By the way the name Large Hadron Collider was coined when at least two other hadron colliders were running or being constructed. It just takes 25 years to build these amazingly complicated machines:-)


and I will explain why CMS is "Compact" in a future blog. Relatively it is, amazingly enough.

You are welcome

welcome to steemit.. thanks for sharing your journey!! 🙂


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Wow you're great physicist!
Welcome to Steemit @freyablekman.

So cool! It's great to have you here! Really looking forward to reading your blog :D!

Hi, welcome aboard Freya. Nice to see you here and thank you again for your help during our visit.


Hi.I am also a mathematician.But I am new in Steemit.Can you help me to become a successful steemitian?

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What does LHC and CMS stand for and how is it relative to dark matter theory from the video?


LHC = Large Hadron Collider
CMS = Compact Muon Solenoid (one of the largest particle detectors at the LHC).

As for how it may relate to dark matter, I'll let the expert answer^^


You will find out much more in my future posts. I normally don’t like acronyms so don’t worry, I will explain!


In the meantime, you can check this old article I wrote on the topic. This will give you the basics ;)

@freyablekman sorry for spoiling you ;)

Tokamak +Food Porn = success assured on Steemit ^^ haha great intro, @freyablekman! Can't wait to learn when the Black Hole you are actively trying to trigger down there will eventually swallow us all :P Welcome on Steemit^^


no worries, black holes would interfere with my fine dining and shoe buying habits. We're harmless.


science+big machines+food porn+shoes = awesomeness ! :)


hahaha :) this equation looks better indeed

Ooh das ist so nett!

Very interesting story and those macaroons look so good lol :)


They were very good. The ones that the hand model did not eat, at least :-)

Just to give you a warm welcome from myself as well, it's amazing to have you here! I expect nothing but great posts on particle physics, shoes and food :) And thank you sooo much for amazing tour you gave us at CERN, it was once in a lifetime experience!


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Very Nice! you are a lucky person to have that opportunity to work on the greatest technology ever built by mankind! I have a 2 part question, how advanced have the direct test of relativistic time dilation gotten. and Is all your programming done in python and C just curious?



  1. not far at all
  2. we program in whatever works. Mostly python and c++ but whatever floats our boat. Programming is just a tool for us.

ps: I am not lucky, I worked bloody hard to get where I am and actually developed parts of that technology.

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PS: The food looks very good ...

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Hi there! Your job looks really awesome I would love to be part of a visitors group. I am a chemical Engineer so everything that has something to do with matter its interesting for me so I´m following you right away :D

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Awesome. I have so many questions for this so called God particle.

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@freyablekman, Hi Freya, You will surely love the way steemians respond socially to everyone. I hope that you being an Experimental Particle Physicist will enjoy your journey on steemit here. I am a Microbiologist by profession. And as we are persons from science background @steemstem community is great for sharing our original and inspiring content.

I really appreciate your obsession for variation/change without which life really gets boring.

Just followed you.

Hope you have a great time ahead here.


This is awesome... I'd love to learn some cool things from your posts... And you are most welcome to steemit...

Welcome. So you are a physicist at C.E.R.N.. How would you explain what C.E.R.N. is to people? What its goal is, how it works, what its schedule is, etc..

Holy moly...what an exciting gonna have to learn a little more about it before I can ask useful and knowledgeable questions. I look forward to reading more of your posts...

Steemit welcomes you physicist

Welcome to Steemit!

Great to to more scientists on the platform. I'm a mathematician. (The way high energy physics is, our research often overlaps. I'm liking that. If you're interested in category theory and quantum mechanics, renormalization with microlocal analysis, or creative fun with supernumbers and graphs, we should talk.)

I'm trying to convince Ned to enable MathJax on the platform, so that writers can post LaTeX technical content. If you'd like to see that, you might also want to send him a comment :)

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Hello Freya

Wellcome to the board

what are you working for?

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I am a huge fan of the CERN experiments. I hope we will be reading some interesting stuff about it :)

Hope to enjoy you stay here 👍💚

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Working at CERN can be summarised in one word: "Cool".

My utmost respect to you! :)
I'll be excited to see more interesting stuff from you!

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Welcome!! I look forward to hearing more stories about what goes on at CERN!!!

Hi, nice to meet you! I am a theoretical physicist who spent 6 years at CERN (as a manager). Last assignment was head of the knowledge transfer group.


Still making sure to mention theoretical physicist thought :) typical :D

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If you could stop merging the universes, and creating the Mandella effect, that would be great.
Thanks in advance. LOL :-)


Haha thanks for the advice :-)

Look good

Wow you really have a super job; CERN cannot imagine how cool is that! Btw, have you ever operate Grid? 🤔

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I have to say that your introduction is by far, the most interesting introduction I have encountered in the platform. I guess it has something to do with your line of work that caught my interest. I do hope you find a community here on steemit you can frequently connect with. I'll be following you and hopefully see some content on science subjects I happen to be interested in.

Very welcome to the community! I'm one of the steemstem managers but unfortunately couldn't make it to CERN with you all... I live in China =(

I've dreamt of going for so long, and attempted in vain to go way back in... 2012? Maybe another time. Hope you find a home away from home here!

Okay, now that's what one would call a proper career. Welcome! When it comes to anything smaller than unsmashed neucleons, my brain turns to pudding. Doesn't stop me from being excited about your field of work.

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