Kiwi Particle Physicist

July 12, 2006

Stunning Victory

Just had the KEK relay yesterday evening. Each team consists of five people who run the same 2km course, and a total of 11 teams from the various experiments and subgroups in KEK took part. I was in one of the two teams from the Institute of Particle and Nuclear Sciences (IPNS).

Our team won overall with a time of 36’47". Second place was General Administration Department A, who were 59” behind, and third was the Computer Science Centre team at 2’26”. I overtook three others and got the award for fastest in the third leg (7’07”), and Sekiguchi from our team was fastest in the fourth leg (7’21”) as well.

It turned out to be a really good day. We weren’t too confident going into the race, but everyone was stoked with the result. We should have more or less the same team next year as well, so we’ll have to go for the hattrick.

IPNS A (red bibs) and IPNS B (white bibs). Before ...

... and after.

July 11, 2006

New Posts

Still trying to update all the half-finished drafts from last month. Scroll down for new posts. The first is about the group meeting from 6/28, the second is from 6/10 with an update from the ILC School

July 07, 2006


Three of my five regular readers have complained about the lack of recent posts. Sorry people. I’m afraid I don’t really have a good excuse this time. I haven’t really run out of stuff to write about. I’m not too busy to take the time to update either. I actually have a handful of drafts reading for posting, which have been sitting there for a while. I’ll try to tidy things up a bit and post one every day or two for the next little while.

In other news, life is going well. Finally getting the hang of the analysis software, and making some actual progress for the first time in months. I can’t wait to get stuck into the real data from the experiment and discover something.

Rainy season has finished and the weather is getting better. Just went for a run this evening with the relay team. Every year at KEK they have a 5x2km relay race, with teams from each of the departments. Last year we won the race by about 10s, with a time of just under 39 minutes. This year’s race will be held next Tuesday, so it was a bit of a last chance trial run. Three from our team just ran under 7’20’’ tonight, so hopefully we’ll be able to win the trophy back again for a second year. I’ll have the results next week.