Kiwi Particle Physicist

November 17, 2006

BGM/Luminosity Party!

During the meeting two days ago we heard that the KEKB accelerator team had reached a new world record luminosity of 17/nb/s. It’s been over a year since we hit 16/nb/s, so it’s well overdue. Oide san, who is in charge of the accelerator, promised us we would have 30/nb/s by this time next year though. We were originally planning on having a party last night anyway, like we do for every BGM, but it took on a new meaning with this result.

Unfortunate Timing...

More photos are here, here, and here, although some of them might only work from inside KEK.

Afterwards a few students headed back to the dorm for round two. This used to be a standard procedure whenever there was a meeting here, but recently we never seem to be able to get enough people together. A lot of students left the experiment last year after finishing their masters degrees. On top of that, quite a few of those who are left have moved up to Tsukuba permanently, so there aren’t normally very many of the old crowd together in the dorm anymore. Last night though there were about ten of us, so we bought a few drinks and snacks beforehand and sat in the lounge yapping until about 3-ish. Good evening. Missed the start of the meeting today, but it was worth it.


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