As the LHC accelerator and its experiments, which performed exceptionally well in 2016, are getting ready for the upcoming 2017 run, students have been warming up for the analysis of the new Run 2 data that will come out of the CMS experiment.
From Jan. 9-13, more than 100 graduate students, postdocs and faculty, mostly from across the United States, came to Fermilab to attend the seventh annual CMS Data Analysis School, hosted by the LHC Physics Center (LPC). School attendees came to learn particle physics data analysis techniques, strengthen their skills in analysis and interact with CMS scientists to learn more about conducting the experiment. The students were coached by CMS experts in hands-on sessions, covering topics such as particle ID, statistics, and triggers, and culminating in full-blown physics analysis of CMS data taken during 2016.
They will contribute to the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider when it turns on again in several months after a winter shutdown.
The 2017 LPC Distinguished Researchers, who played a key role in preparing the school’s hands-on exercises and then guiding the students through them, got together for the first time this year and planned their future activities at the LPC.
Boaz Klima is a co-coordinator of the LHC Physics Center at Fermilab.