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Science Journal - Élémentaire - No. 2: le neutron




Nicolas Arnaud


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To increase understanding of particle physics from the atom to the discoveries expected at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN


This is number 2 of a series of 8 journals. No.2 published in Automn 2005. Complete title of journal is "Élémentaire - de l’infiniment petit à l’infiniment grand." Élémentaire ("Elementary") is an outreach journal in French whose eight issues cover the particle physics, from the atom to the discoveries expected at the CERN Large Hadron Collider. Each issue contains about 15 recurring articles which present the stakes of the physics of the infinitely small, such as the tools and the methods used to study this physics. The main discoveries in this research field over the years are described as well. All the articles can be downloaded for free from the Élémentaire website while printed versions of the different issues can be purchased online. To contact Élémentaire, please send a mail to For a complete list of subjects contained in Journal No. 2, see below.
Contents (English translation) No. 2:

  • Appetizer: identity of a neutron
  • History: Discovery of the neutron
  • Interview: Christian Vettier
  • Research Center: Institut Laue Langevin
  • Experiment: La durée de vie des neutrons
  • Detection: Measuring the energy of neutrons
  • Benefits: neutron therapy
  • Analysis: The Gaussian distribution
  • Accelerators: The beginning of linear and circular accelerators
  • Discoveries: Neutrons in the stars
  • Theory: Waves and Particles (part 2)
  • The killer question: Is the neutron neutral?
  • Nuclear energy: How does a nuclear reactor work?
  • The LHC: ATLAS
  • What Happened: Le penta...couac ! Conférences d’été
  • Further Reading - useful websites

Contents (original French) - No.2:

  • Apéritif: Carte d’identité du neutron
  • Histoire: La découverte du neutron
  • Interview: Christian Vettier
  • Centre de recherche: Institut Laue Langevin
  • Expérience: La durée de vie des neutrons
  • Détection: Mesurer l’énergie des neutrons
  • Retombées: La neutronthérapie
  • Analyse: La distribution gaussienne
  • Accélérateurs: Les débuts des accélérateurs linéaires et circulaires
  • Découvertes: Des neutrons dans les étoiles
  • Théorie: Ondes et particules (2)
  • La question qui tue - Le neutron est-il « neutre » ?
  • Énergie nucléaire: Un réacteur nucléaire, comment ça marche ?
  • ICPACKOI: Le penta...couac ! Conférences d’été
  • Pour en savoir plus - les site utiles

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