In The Field

Lepton Photon 2009: The malaise

Here are the several hundred physicists that made their way to Hamburg for the conference. It’s a relatively small conference, and since there is only one plenary session at a time, with invite-only talks given, there is none of the helter-skelter feeling of something like an APS meeting. But several people complained to me that there are only about half as many people as usual — and that that reflects the growing ennui, malaise even, of a community that hasn’t pushed at the energy frontier in decades. You can see that more people made the trek out to Korea for the last Lepton Photon in 2007 in the group photo from that year. 

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