Fermilab TodayTuesday, May 17, 2005  
Tuesday, May 17
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK 2nd Flr X-Over

Wednesday, May 18
11:00 a.m. Fermilab ILC R&D Meeting, 1 West Speaker: C. Milstene
Title: Light Stops and Dark Matter at the ILC
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: A. Höcker, Laboratoire de l'Accélérateur Linéaire
Title: B Physics, CP Violation and the CKM Fit

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EPP 2010: Strategies For Deciding Future of HEP
This article is the first of a three-part series on the EPP 2010 meeting at Fermilab. Wednesday: The ILC R&D program, accelerator neutrino program, and particle astrophysics and cosmology. Thursday: Director-designate Pier Oddone's vision of the future of Fermilab.

In a day of meetings that could produce an impact for years to come, the National Academies' panel on Elementary Particle Physics in the 21st Century (EPP 2010) assembled in One West on Monday morning to
DESY Director
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yesterday's EPP 2010
begin listening — listening to how the national high-energy physics program fits into an international context; how Europe and Japan view issues of international connections; how Fermlab envisions its own future; how the proposed International Linear Collider is intertwined with all issues.

"We're not trying to make decisions experiment-by-experiment," said EPP 2010 chair Harold Shapiro of Princeton University. "Our goal is to establish broad priorities in the major fields of high-energy physics, in a scientific, international and budgetary context. We hope to suggest sensible strategies."

The panel's charge, from the National Academies' Board on Physics and Astronomy, involves prioritizing scientific questions, and recommending a 15-year implementation plan with realistic, ordered priorities. In its two-year study, the panel has met previously in Washington DC (Nov. 30, 2004) and at SLAC (Jan. 31, 2005). The next meeting will be at Cornell University's Laboratory
Mike Witherell
Fermilab Director
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yesterday's EPP 2010
for Experimental Particle Physics (Aug. 2).

Fermilab Director Michael Witherell emphasized that the field of particle physics sees "a scientific revolution in the making," with collider physics able to attack all the major themes in the challenge ahead: the quantum vacuum, the Higgs search, supersymmetry, and extra dimensions. Tight budgets have led to optimizing the operating program, but US high-energy physics "currently provides outstanding science for the investment."
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-- Mike Perricone

Accelerator Update
May 13 - May 16
- During this 72 hour period Operations established two stores that provided the experiments with approximately 52 hours and 1 minute of luminosity.
- TeV quenches three times - one store lost.
- I- Source problems
- The Booster Chopper trips

Read the Current Accelerator Update
Read the Early Bird Report
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts

In the News
From AScribe, May 16, 2005
Berkeley Lab Technology Dramatically Speeds Up Searches of Large Databases
In the world of physics, one of the most elusive events is the creation and detection of "quark-gluon plasma," the theorized atomic outcome of the "Big Bang" which could provide insight into the origins of the universe. By using experiments that involve millions of particle collisions, researchers hope to find unambiguous evidence of quark-gluon plasma.

Scientists describe such a collision with unambiguous evidence as a "rare event," which may be an understatement. For example, out of hundreds of millions of particle collisions in one experiment, an analysis found that only 80 collisions or "events" merited further study as scientists search for evidence of "jet quenching," a phenomenon that may indicate the existence of quark-gluon plasma. Other research into such exotic physics phenomena as "strangelets" needs to go through similar search processes.

Compounding the complexity of the search is the fact that the data files are on mass storage systems around the world, so locating and extracting these scientific needles from a virtual haystack of information would be very time-consuming and labor-intensive. For example, the brute-force approach of reading every record of the petabytes of distributed data from the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider experiment called STAR at Brookhaven National Laboratory could take weeks at a time. The key to speeding up the searching process is to quickly locate those interesting events while ignoring millions of others so the important data can be extracted for further analysis.
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Director's Corner
Because of the ongoing EPP 2010 meeting, this week's Director's Corner has been postponed.

Santoro Receives Golden Dolphin Award
Alberto Santoro (left), Helio de Motta, Andrew Brandt and John Womersley with the DZero Forward Proton Detector in 2000. (Click on image for larger version.)
It wasn't the Oscar awards ceremony, but perhaps it was as close as it can get for a particle physicist. On April 30, DZero experimenter Alberto Santoro, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, was honored with the Golfinho de Ouro ("Golden Dolphin") at an awards ceremony in a theater in downtown Rio de Janeiro. He received the award for his leadership role in particle physics, and the contributions that he and his group made towards the discovery of the top quark at Fermilab.

"The prize is for DZero and its contributions to science," said Santoro, a fellow of the American Physical Society. "The congratulations go to the whole group."

Each year the state of Rio de Janeiro recognizes people for their contributions in eleven categories--including science, architecture and music--with Golden Dolphin awards, and many famous Brazilian artists have been honored. The award winners, one in each category, are selected from nominees from across the country. In 1977, Santoro's brother, a composer, won a Golden Dolphin award.
Alberto Santoro
Alberto Santoro

Santoro and five Brazilian colleagues first came to Fermilab in 1984, receiving support from Fermilab director Leon Lederman. The group worked on experiment E691 and joined the DZero collaboration, participating in the DZero experiment from its beginning. Today, about 20 Brazilians from six institutions collaborate with DZero and Fermilab. They are involved in data analysis, software and hardware development. For Run II, Brazilian engineers and scientists developed and built the Forward Proton Detector ( "Roman Pots").
--Kurt Riesselmann

Employee Health & Fitness Day
Employee Health & Fitness Day will be on May 18 from 11:30-1:30 on Ring Road beginning at A1. Walk, run, rollerblade, or bike your way around the ring. This year's theme is "Laughter is the Best Medicine." A table will be set up at A1 where participants may sign-in, pick up their game ticket, and a bottle of water. Stations will be set up around the ring where you will find games to play, prizes to win and cheers of encouragement. At the end stop off at the prize table and pick a ticket to see if you are a winner. The rain date will be May 19.
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Weight Watchers Turnaround
Join Weight Watchers At Work Program for a Free Open House meeting this Tuesday, May 24 at 12:00 p.m., WH15NW. Register and prepay on Tuesday, May 24, 2005. For more information please contact Bernie Dugan at x3591.

Scottish Country Dancing
The Scottish Country Dancers will meet Tuesday, May 17, at Kuhn Barn on the Fermilab site. Instruction begins at 7:30 p.m. and newcomers are always welcome. Most dances are fully taught and walked through, and you do not need to come with a partner. Info at 630-840-8194 or 630-584-0825 or folkdance@fnal.gov.

Fermi Days at Great America in July
The Recreation Office has designated July 9, 10, 23 & 24 as Fermi Days at Great America. Purchase tickets in the Recreation Office for only $25.00 and enjoy one of these days at Great America with your friends and family. Price includes unlimited rides and shows for a one-day event. This ticket also includes the colossal new water park, Hurricane Harbor, next to Six Flags which opens this spring. Tickets can be purchased in the Recreation Office beginning in June.

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