Fermilab TodayWednesday, January 7, 2004  

Wednesday, January 7
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: C. Morris, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Title: Charged Particle Radiography

Thursday, January 8
2:30 p.m. Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: G. Kribs, Institute for Advanced Study
Title: The Supersymmetric Composite "Fat Higgs" Model
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: R. Thurman-Keup, Lucent Technologies
Title: The World of Cellular Communications

Wednesday, January 7
Corn and green chile bisque (vegetarian)
Oven baked pasta w/smoked mozzarella and garlic mushroom sauce $3.50
Hearty Italian hero w/cappicolla, mortadella and salami w/Italian vinaigrette and provolone $4.75
Grilled cheddar on sourdough w/applewood bacon and tomato $4.75
Chicken or beef gyros cooked to order, served w/warm pita bread, Greek village salad and cucumber tzatiki sauce $4.75

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NuMI Finishes Major Magnet Installation and First Layer of Target Pile
NuMI pre-target enclosure: The large blue magnets are B2 dipoles which steer the beam on the vertical component of its final trajectory to Minnesota. The orange magnets are quadrupoles which set the final focus on the NuMI target.
Just before the holidays, NuMI installed its last major magnet in its beamline. Since the end of September, NuMI has installed 42 magnets. Almost all of them were difficult installations. They either required special cranes, or carts, or had to be sandwiched in between two existing machines. Some of them had to be installed on a steep slope in a narrow tunnel. Thanks to hard work and good planning on the part of PPD and AD engineers and task managers, these tasks were finished safely and ahead of schedule.

The first layer of the NuMI target pile was also completed safely and on schedule before the holiday break. When completed the target pile will weigh nearly 8000 tons which is by far the largest target pile ever built at Fermilab. The target pile, decay pipe, absorber system will contain the most beam power ever produced at Fermilab. This beam power is required to send a sufficient number of neutrinos to the NuMI far detector at the Soudan mine in Minnesota. An effective collaboration of people from all divisions and sections of the lab is contributing to the continuous work at NuMI. Andy Stefanik (PPD) is the target pile engineer and Pat Poll (PPD) is the designer. Tom Prosapio (FESS) and Greg Lawrence (AD) are the MI-65 floor managers. Mike Petkus (AD) and Paul Gentry (AD) are the target pile task managers who supervise the skilled labor crews. Target pile steel is transported by Business Services. The magnets were refurbished in the Technical Division and aligned by PPD Alignment Group.

NuMI tunnel
A view of the NuMI target hall looking downstream towards the decay pipe. The green blocks are the first layer of the target pile. The first layer sits on top of rails that allows space under the pile for air cooling.
December News from the Users Executive Committee
Sharon Hagopian
Sharon Hagopian,
UEC Chair
The Fermilab Users Executive Committee (UEC) met on December 13th. Dave Finley, of the Technical Division, gave a summary of the Proton Committee Report. (For highlights see November 18 Fermilab Today.) Dave McGinnis, of the Accelerator Division, talked about Beam Studies in FY04 and the Pbar tax. James Alexander, Fermilab PAC chair, answered some questions from the UEC about the PAC. During a half-hour phone conference call with two members of the SLAC Users Executive Committee, plans were discussed for a joint trip to Washington DC, where we will meet with policy makers and government officials. Herman White gave us some background information in preparation for this trip. Mike Witherell discussed future plans and projects coming out of the long range planning process. Both Mike Witherell and Dave McGinnis answered questions about the Tevatron quench which occurred on December 5. There were also UEC subcommittee reports on Non-US Issues, Outreach, the DC trip, and the Annual Users Meeting. The full minutes of the meeting are available online.
In the News
Artist impression of the Next Linear Collider (Courtesy of SLAC)
From Chicago Sun-Times, January 6, 2004
Smash hit? Fermilab could get world's top accelerator
By Jim Ritter
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory is an early contender for the next big thing in physics: a 20-mile particle speedway where matter and anti-matter would collide and, scientists hope, reveal secrets of the universe.
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From Chicago Sun-Times, January 6, 2004
Collider might unlock the 'dark matter' mystery
By Jim Ritter
The Linear Collider being proposed for Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Batavia could help solve a long-standing cosmic mystery involving "dark matter."
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SDSS Press Release, January 6, 2004
Astronomers Find Wealth of New Exotic Star Pairs
Until recently, astrophysicists studying exotic star systems pairing a white dwarf and a red dwarf in very close proximity didn't have much to go on.

Just five years ago, scientists knew of fewer than 100 such systems, called pre-cataclysmic variables. But today a team of University of Washington astronomers said that, with data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), the number has now grown to nearly 500.
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Library Book Purchase Suggestions
New Book purchase suggestion lists are now available online. These include Majors book lists in four subject areas. There is also an Amazon suggestion list in the form of a shopping cart, viewable by entering the password "library." Please take the time to review the list of books in your area of interest. Please send your book purchase recommendations, either from these lists, or from other sources to Sandra Lee.

Winter Muscle Toning Class
Find out why the Muscle Toning Class continues to be a successful fitness program at the Recreation Facility for the past 11 years. Interested in building defined muscles but not yet comfortable using the weight equipment? Come try out this class designed to turn loose muscle into hard and strong muscles. We will be offering 1 FREE CLASS ON JANUARY 8TH. If you are not a member as yet, call and we will give you access to take the class and get acquainted with the Recreation Facility. Get ready to workout and have some fun. (Space is limited). Call the Recreation Office to register for this one free class.

International Folk Dancing
International Folk Dancing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 8, at the Geneva American Legion Post. Newcomers are always welcome. Info at 630-584-0825 or 630-840-8194 or folkdance@fnal.gov.

Book on Rutherford
On Dec. 10, John Campbell gave the Fermilab colloquium "Rutherford - Maestro of the Atom." Those interested in his book "Rutherford: Scientist Supreme" can obtain it directly online under "Books." If you know of anything named for Rutherford that is not listed on the Web site, please contact John Campbell.

Bible Exploration for Lunch
Join us today as we begin a new study on the book of Mark. Meetings last 35 minutes and are held every Wednesday at Noon in the Small Dining Room (WH-1SW). Additional information at 630-840-3607 or dykhuis@fnal.gov.

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