Scientists working on experiments at the LHC are continually refining our understanding of the fundamental constituents of our universe. Every measurement, every new, uncovered facet of a subatomic particle comes only after a thorough and rigorous analysis of the data. The way they access that data may soon get an upgrade at Fermilab, where CMS collaborators recently installed a new solid-state technology at its computing facility. The technology will complement the standard spinning-disk hard drives that have been the dominant computer storage devices for the last several decades.
A precise calibration for measurements of electric current has long eluded scientists. Last year, the ampere was redefined based on the charge of a single electron. The next generation of charge-coupled devices, known as skipper CCDs, could provide the sensitivity needed to calibrate the new definition.
Bernstein is overseeing the Fermilab Mu2e experiment as it moves from its construction to installation phase and into a running experiment. A collaboration of nearly 250 scientists at 40 institutions that had to invent technology to get to this point, Mu2e is in an exciting phase, especially for early-career researchers who will not only construct the experiment, but also analyze the data.