Fermilab TodayTuesday, November 2, 2004  
Tuesday, November 2
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: P. Piot, Fermilab
Title: Flat Electron Beam Production in a Photoinjector: Status and Prospects

Wednesday, November 3
11:00 a.m. Fermilab ILC R&D Meeting - 1 West
Speaker: N. Solyak, Fermilab
Title: 3.9 GHz Accelerating Cavity Fabrication at Fermilab: Status and Plan
Speaker: L. Bellantoni, Fermilab
Title: 3.9 GHz Deflecting Cavity Fabrication at Fermilab: Status and Plan
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: G. Greene, University of Tennessee/Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Title: Parity Violation, Time Reversal and the Neutron: Nuclear and Particle Physics at the Spallation Neutron Source

Tuesday, November 2
Chicken & Rice Soup
Mushroom Swiss Burger $4.75
Baked Meatloaf with a Roasted Tomato Demi-Glace $3.75
Parmesan Baked Fish $3.75
Southwestern Turkey Wrap $4.75
Ham & Pastrami Calzones $3.25
Burritos with Chips & Queso $4.75

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Astronomer First to Conduct Research at Fermilab From An Indonesian Institution
Chatief Kunjaya
Chatief Kunjaya is the first Fermilab User from an Indonesian institution (Click on image for larger version.)
Chatief Kunjaya's three-month stay at Fermilab this fall makes him the first Fermilab user from an Indonesian institution. Kunjaya is an assistant professor at the Institut Teknologi in Bandung, the capital of the West Java province, and is working with the Experimental Astrophysics Group on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.

Kunjaya would like to see Indonesian astronomers -- many of whom have returned from graduate studies in the U.S., Europe, or as in his case, Japan -- strengthen their international ties. "I hope we can establish a continuous collaboration between Indonesian astronomers and Fermilab," he said.

After the 1997 South-East Asian financial crisis, it has become especially difficult for Indonesian researchers to get funding, Kunjaya said. The public availability of the SDSS data makes it possible for scientists to work with limited resources. "We found that there is a way to do research with a virtual observatory," he said.

Still, it's not easy to start an SDSS project anywhere in the world. "The problem is, the data is so enormous it is necessary to get experience using the database tools," he said. Fermilab' software allows effective ways of searching and analyzing it, he said. Kunjaya said his Fermilab tour is crucial for him to establish contacts and to familiarize himself with the methods they developed.

Kunjaya studies quasars, some of the oldest and most powerful sources of light in the universe -- but also some of the most mysterious. Kunjaya has developed a quasar model based on "cellular automata" -- a mathematical tool invented in the 1940s by John von Neumann and Stanislaw Ulam -- and wants to test his model against the SDSS observations.

Teaming Up For Safety
Wilson Hall
The Oct. 20th Wilson Hall fire drill was a success, said Building Manager Stanley Boyson, thanks to the collaboration of the wardens, the Fire Maintenance System crew, the Fire Department and all employees.

Beginning at 9 a.m., the 1-1/2 hour evacuation plan proceeded in four steps, starting from the top and going down -- three floors at a time for floors 16-7, then all at once from the sixth floor down. In case of fire, smoke travels upwards and those who are on the top floors are most at risk of suffocating, Boyson said. "An effective evacuation plan has the power to save lives," he said.

October 3-9 was national Fire Prevention Week, and Chicagoland residents are especially aware of fire hazards in high-rise buildings, Boyson said, after last year's Cook County building fire in downtown Chicago took six lives. "There's more alertness," he said.

All Wilson Hall alarm sirens, voice instruction systems and strobes were reported in good order.

In the News
From the Chicago Tribune, November 1, 2004
States collide on science project
Illinois lobbies for new isotope lab
By Jon Van
Isotopes, unstable atomic forms that are of interest primarily to scientists and crossword puzzle enthusiasts, are, of late, catching the attention of politicians from Illinois and Michigan.

The federal government plans to spend about a billion dollars in the coming years to build a new isotope lab, and the smell of jobs has aroused interest from congressional delegations and governors.
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Director's Corner
Good Morning!
Mike Witherell
Mike Witherell
Fermilab is in the eleventh week of an annual shutdown, and the work is going well.

A large amount of important work was planned for this shutdown. The installation and repair work in the Proton Source is complete and the Linac and Booster are operating and being tuned. The new focusing horn for the MiniBooNE beamline has been installed and is ready for power testing. Installation of the NuMI kicker magnets into the Main Injector is complete. Installation of the electron cooling apparatus into the Recycler continues to make progress toward completion right at the end of the shutdown, as planned. In the Tevatron, new separators have been installed, many magnets shimmed, and alignment work done. A great deal of survey and alignment work has been done, including on the transfer lines in the antiproton source.

The Accelerator Division has managed to keep the work on the thirteen-week schedule, although a great deal of work still lies ahead. It can be very difficult to maintain schedule at the end of a shutdown, when vacuum leaks and cooldown problems can cause delays. But the carefully planned shutdown work has gone well so far. Thanks to everybody across the laboratory involved in the planning and execution of this effort.

We have had a couple of injuries serious enough to result in work restrictions this month. These occurred despite the good effort people have made to plan their work. It is time for the entire laboratory to start another long stretch without a DART injury case.

Accelerator Update
October 22-October 29
Tevatron: D17 separator installation - 99% complete
Linac: Up and running.
Booster: Hit 4E12 at 70% efficiency.
Antiproton Source: The Kicker beam pipe coating was completed.
Main Injector/Recycler: The overall MI-31 Electron Cooling is 69% complete.
MiniBooNE: The Horn was tested on October 29th.
NuMI: The horn has been successfully tested.
Read the Current Accelerator Update

View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts

Power Outage News
PS3, Pagoda, PC2, PC3, and possibly PW5
November 2 The power will be off to these Proton areas to repair an oil switch starting at 8 AM on Tuesday, if it isn't raining. The work will end sometime on Wednesday.
Meson and Radiation Facility
November 6 The power will be off to Meson and the Radiation Facility for five hours on Saturday beginning at 7 AM.
Wilson Hall
November 14 The power will be off to Wilson Hall for ten hours on Sunday, beginning at 7 AM.

Budker Seminar Tomorrow
There will be a Budker Seminar on November 3, 2004 in the Users' Center Music Room.
Talk Title: "Optiimization of TeV Phase Space Parameters"
Speaker: Alexey Poklonskiy - Michigan State University
Pizza, beer and soft drinks will be served at 6:00 p.m.

New Books in the Fermilab Library
New books in the Fermilab Library for the week of November 1 are now on display in the Library near the front desk. An online list of the of new books is now available. New books may be reserved by using the online Library catalog, by calling the library at x3401, or by filling out the reserve card in the book.

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