Physics-Related Acronyms and Such

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5K - 5 kilometer (3.1 mile) race

10K - 10 kilometer (6.2 mile) race


ACC - Aerogel Cherenkov Counter, PID system first used by the Belle Collaboration

ADC - Analog to Digital Conversion chip

ALH - Alarm Handler, a program to help process problems with complex experiments

ALICE - detector at the LHC


BaBar - B-meson factory collaboration at SLAC of which I am a member

barn - kiddo, or extremely small unit of area

Belle - B-meson factory collaboration at KEK

blog - a shortening of weblog

Boodle - an affectionate nickname for Zara


CERN - Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire, the main European experimental HEP facility located in Geneva, Switzerland

CMS - Compact Muon Solenoid, one of the detectors at the LHC

CNS - Central Nervous System

CRID - Cherenkov Ring Imaging Detector, PID system at the SLD


DELPHI - one of the LEP detectors

DIRC - Detector of Internally Reflected Cherenkov light, first used by the BaBar detector for PID (where I am currently a commissioner of it)

DNA - Deoxyribnucleic acid, the chemical that encoded genetic information for most non-viral life on Earth

doe - a deer, a female deer

DOE - The US Department of Energy, a major funding source for High Energy Physics in general and me in particular


EPICS - Experimental Physics and Industrial Control System developed open source at Argonne National Laboratory


fa - a long, long way to run

FIFO - First In First Out



HPD - Hybrid Photon Detector


ILC - the International Linear Collider, still in the planning stages



KEDR - a detector (russian acronym) at the e+e- collider VEPP-4M in the Budker institute of nuclear physics in Novosibirsk


la - a note to follow so

LAL - The French Laboratoire de l Accélérateur Linéaire located in Orsay

LBL - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

LED - Light Emitting Diode

LEP - Large Electron Positron Collider, the previous ginormous experiment at CERN (1989-2000)

LHC - the Large Hadron Collider located at CERN

LIFO - Last In First Out

LINAC - Linear Accelerator

LPNHE - The French Laboratoire de Physique Nucléaire et de Hautes Energies

LST - Limited Streamer Tube, a device for detecting muons, many of which form yet another layer of the BaBar detector that I will be installing


me - a name I call myself

MC - Monte Carlo, which is what physicists call computer simulations

MWPC - Multiwire Proportional Counter for detecting high energy particles




pdf - portable document format

PDF - Probability Density Function

PHENIX - a detector at RHIC at Brookhaven National Lab on Long Island, NY sonamed because it emerged from the ashes of four other proposals named TALES, SPARC, OASIS, and DIMUON.

PID - particle identification

PMT - Photomultiplier Tube, a dectector for measuring individual photons.

PNS - Peripheral Nervous System


QCD - Quantum Chromodynamics, the threory of the strong force

QED - Quantum Electrodynamics, the most exact theory of Nature we have today

QFT - Quantum Field Theory

QM - Quantum Mechanics, our basic theory of small stuph


RAL - Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, located in England

ray - a drop of golden sun

RHIC - Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven National Lab on Long Island, NY.

RICH - Ring Imaging Cherenkov detector


SLAC - the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, located in Menlo Park, CA and where I am currently working

SLD - SLAC Large Detector, operated in the 1990s at SLAC's e+e- collider

SLUO - SLAC User's organization

SOB - stand-off box which allows the Cherenkov ring to expand in a DIRC

sow - a needle pulling thread

SSC - Superconducting Super Collider, the last new HEP accelerator to be built in the US, but killed by Democrats in 1993

SSI - SLAC Summer Institute

SUSY - supersymmetry, an expansion of the Standard Model of particles in which every particle has heavy partner, heavy fermions matched to light bosons and vise versa. None of the predicted superpartners has ever been observed, and the theory is flexible enough to always be able to push it beyond the reach of current experiments.


tea - a drink with jam and bread

Thermodynamics - the physics of energy


UAV - Unmanned arial vehicle used for covert surveillance by the military and police, and when armed perhaps one day the bane of mankind

USGS - US Geological Survey

UT - The University of Tennessee, where I am currently a Ph.D. student



WIMP - Weakly Interacting Massive Particle, postulated to be the main component of the postulated Dark Matter but never observed.

wtf - CS jargon which roughly translates to "that makes no sense", but means what the fuck? literally




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