Paula Schmitt, a journalist for the Brazilian arm of the world–famous Rolling Stone magazine was amazed by the ATLAS Experiment during a visit to CERN. Though the magazine focuses on music, ranging from Brazilian regional music to international singers, non music-related topics such as global warming and social politics in Brazil are regularly included.
In November, Rolling Stone Brazil spotlighted the return of British band The Police. For the December issue, Paula decided to get a feel for what is happening in the world of science, and that brought her to CERN with an eye on the Large Hadron Collider.
She spoke to theoretical physicist Professor John Ellis and visited a number of departments, including CMS, LHCb, the CERN Computing Centre, and of course ATLAS. Paula’s photographer, Marco Pacifici, joined her for the ATLAS visit. Paula’s ATLAS guide was Denis Damazio of Brookhaven National Laboratory, who also brought along Kaio Galvao and Fernando Guimaraes, the Brazilian students working for ATLAS. Both study at Rio de Janeiro Federal University.
Paula and Marco were especially impressed by the muon chambers which are, for the moment, the most visible (and photogenic) part of our detector. Thanks to the efforts of their ATLAS guide, Bernard Lebegue, Paula and Marco could take a few shots from the bottom of the detector with a view to the shafts.
Also impressive from a media point of view were the new entry gates being installed with an eye pattern recognition system (very Dan Brown Angels and Demons). Paula’s article will appear in the next edition of Rolling Stone Brazil magazine.