Wednesday, May 11|
THERE WILL BE NO FERMILAB ILC R&D MEETING
THERE WILL BE NO PROTON DRIVER GENERAL
MEETING THIS WEEK
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: W. Marciano, Brookhaven National Laboratory/
University of Chicago
Title: Muon Physics in the 21st Century
Thursday, May 12
2:30 p.m. Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: K. Benson, Emory University
Title: Constructing Braneworld Field Theories
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: J. Branlard, Illinois Institute of Technology
Title: Small-Signal Analysis of High Frequency
Wednesday, May 11|
Italian Wedding with Meatballs
Diner Style Patty Melt $4.75
Mediterranean Style Baked Fish $3.75
Beef & Broccoli $3.75
Greek Chicken Panini with Feta Cheese $4.75
Sicilian Style Pizza $2.75
Grilled Chicken Bowtie in a Tomato Cream Sauce $4.75
The Wilson Hall Cafe now accepts Visa, Master Card, Discover and
American Express at Cash Register #1.
Wilson Hall Cafe Menu
is now open. Call x4512 to make your
Yesterday's issue of Fermilab Today was sent out
late due to technical problems with Fermilab's listservs.
Thanks to the Computing Division, the problem was fixed yesterday
morning. Fermilab Today appreciates your patience.
EPP2010 Meeting This Monday|
UEC Chair William Trischuk recently sent this letter to
Fermilab's Users to announce the upcoming EPP2010 meeting. An
agenda for the meeting is
Dear Fermilab Users,
The National Research Council is organizing a decadal study of our
field this year. They have formed a committee EPP2010 of 22 members,
approximately half from the field of particle physics, and half from
outside. The committee has been charged with placing experimental
particle physics in the context of the national basic research
program, communicating its value and excitement to other scientific
fields, government agencies, and the general public. The commitee has
also been charged with presenting a credible future for the field over the next fifteen years.
The committee has met twice already. It will meet again at Fermilab on
Monday, May 16. At that meeting, the committee hopes to improve its
understanding of the international nature of particle physics, both
for truly global projects like the International Linear Collider and
projects like the Proton Driver. Ian Halliday (PPARC), Yoji Totsuka
(KEK) and Albrecht Wagner(DESY) will join Mike Witherell and Pier
Oddone in making presentations to the committee. The meeting will also
include an open microphone session organized by the APS/DPF Executive.
The committee is interested in the opinions of the community both through
personal contacts, for example during breaks in the meeting at Fermilab,
and from letters. Examples of the questions they have posed so far can be
Input received at email@example.com
will be distributed to the whole committee for discussion.
I encourage all members of the Fermilab community to attend the meeting
on May 16 and send your opinions to the committee.
Jack Mateski Retires But
Hopes to Keep Hands In|
Particle Physics Department's Joseph "Jack" Mateski retires today after
nearly 24 years at Fermilab, primarily working with scientists and engineers
to design detectors for DZero. "And it is a fun job, I tell you," said
Mateski, a broad smile on his face. "I enjoy this kind of work, and
wouldn't have stuck around if I didn't. You should enjoy your work."
The Joliet, Illinois native worked at Argonne National Laboratory for
a number of years before PPD's Donald Tousignant helped him land a
job at Fermilab. Mateski is optimistic that his time at Fermilab
isn't completely over. "I hope they call me so I can keep my hands in
at the lab," said Mateski.
Fermilab has been a family affair for Mateski. All but one of his
four children participated in high school co-op programs and worked
during the summers with their father. Mateski and his wife Kathy
will celebrate their 41st wedding anniversary on May 23.
He plans to relax, work around the house, fish, travel
around the country, and take his grandchildren to area parks.
Every Thursday he and the Fermilab Golf League travel to Phillips
Park in Aurora to play 18 holes. Mateski, who refers to younger,
salt-and-pepper-haired engineers as "kids," will miss the people
at the lab the most. "There are a lot of brilliant people here,"
said Mateski. "I think that we have come up with innovations that
have helped humanity."
- Eric Bland
Retiring Igor Churin Bids
'Adieu' to Friends at Lab|
Igor Churin, a mechanical engineer for the Particle Physics Division, will
retire tomorrow after 11 years at Fermilab. Churin emigrated to the
United States 18 years ago from the Soviet Union because, he says,
"I hated it. It was dead then, rigid and very conformist." Here
at Fermilab Churin has had the opportunity to design calorimeters
for the Superconducting Supercollider, KTeV, and CMS. Working with
three other Russian engineers, Churin designed the CMS calorimeter that
has more copper than the Statue of Liberty. In a swords-to-plowshares
irony, part of the calorimeter was made at a former nuclear weapons
manufacturing site in Russia, and another part was made from old
artillery shell casings. Churin is currently designing a pixel detector
for the LHC made of lightweight carbon fiber.
Churin holds a piece|
of his pixel detector.
The blueprints are in
Churin will miss the open environment of Fermilab, which "includes all the
friends I have made here." He and his wife Anna have been married 38 years.
They have two grown children and three "adorable" grandchildren, who
live next door to their grandparents. Churin will spend his retirement
playing with his grandchildren, but he also has plenty of work to do
around the house when he is not listening to classical music,
taking photographs, traveling (his favorite National Park is the
Boundary Waters in Minnesota), gardening and reading.
- Eric Bland
From Science Daily, May 8, 2005|
Underground Physics: Searching For Neutrinos In Deep Places
A new physics experiment combines thousands of tons of steel plates,
a powerful particle accelerator and 450 miles of solid rock to reveal
the secrets of a particle that sometimes seems to barely exist.
Precise Prediction of Particle Mass, Confirmed by Experiment|
Comparison of the new lattice QCD
calculation (point in center), with a previous one (left) and
CDF's recent measurement (right). Not only is the uncertainty
of the calculation now 5 times
smaller, the result is confirmed by the measurement. (Click on image
for larger version.)|
For decades theoretical physicists have tried to compute from first
principles the properties of hadrons, a family of subatomic particles
that includes the proton and neutron. The main obstacle was the
intractable nature of quantum chromodynamics (QCD), the modern theory
of how quarks bind to form hadrons. Now scientists have confirmed the
validity of a new numerical approach, proposed in a recent paper [Phys.
Rev. Lett. 92, 022001 (2004)].
Christine Davies, of|
contributed to this
As an application of the new method, a
team of physicists from Glasgow University (UK) and Fermilab
calculated the mass of a particle
called the Bc meson, which consists of a bottom quark and a
charmed antiquark. The Bc is a rare particle produced in collider
experiments. Until recently, observations gave poor measurements of its
In the May 6 issue of Physical Review Letters, the
Glasgow-Fermilab theorists predict the mass of the Bc to be 6304 MeV,
with a margin of error of about 20 MeV, or 0.3 percent. After the
paper was submitted on November 19, 2004, one of the Tevatron collider
experiments announced a new mass measurement, yielding 6287 MeV with an
uncertainty of 5 MeV. The result confirms the theorists' prediction.
Since the numerical techniques can be used to compute other hadron
properties, they are expected to aid experimenters searching for new
Ian Allison (left) of|
and Alan Gray of
Ohio State University also
contributed to this
result. (Click on image
for larger version.)
Fermilab theorists (from left to right) Jim Simone, Andreas Kronfeld, and Paul Mackenzie, in front of Fermilab's first PC cluster for lattice QCD, installed in the New Muon Lab. (Click on image for larger version.)|
Result of the Week:
26 Theorists + Computer Clusters = Progress in Lattice QCD
Result of the Week: CDF Sees Charmed Beauty Meson in a New Decay Mode
Result of the Week Archive
- Loren Anderson, AD, 5/11/05
- Patrick Gorak, PPD, 5/11/05
Optician Not In Today|
The onsite optician will not be in today.
Retirement Party for Rap and Joanie
Join us at the Users' Center on Friday, May 20
at 5:00 p.m. Please bring a dish to pass! Call Lisa
Carrigan, X3185, P1143, or firstname.lastname@example.org
with any questions. Rap's last full day at the lab will be Thursday, May 12.
Fermilab Barnstormers Meeting Wednesday
The Fermilab Barnstormers, Model Aeronautic Club,
will have its next meeting on Wednesday, May 11 at 5:30 p.m., at the Frelo
Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month.
The club will meet in the Users' Center if it rains.
New members welcome! Current members fly control line,
R/C gas and electric planes.
The club also has members who fly helicopters!
Try out the trainer club plane, bring something to fly, or come and watch.
International Folk Dancing
International Folk Dancing will hold a special workshop on Thursday,
May 12, at at 7:30 p.m. Daniela Ivanova, a Bulgarian
dance researcher and choreographer,
will teach dances of Bulgaria and other Balkan countries.
She will be accompanied by Angel Nazlamov, a noted accordionist.
The workshop will be held at Kuhn Barn. Newcomers and school-age
children are welcome and you do not need to come with a partner.
Info at 630-584-0825 or 630-840-8194 or email@example.com.
Summer Camps at SciTech
SciTech has still a few places left in its summer camps for children age 6
through 13, divided into appropriate age groups. The museum offers six
one-week units, with themes ranging from "Crime Scene Investigators" to
"Totally Ballistic" to "Bats and Beyond." Professional teaching staff, air
conditioned facilities and an outdoor science park are just some of the
unique benefits of camp at SciTech. For additional information see the
or contact SciTech's
Center for Learning at 630-859-3434, ext. 214.