Friday, June 3|
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Joint Experimental Theoretical Physics Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: Y. Kamyshkov, University of Tennessee
Title: Baryon Number Violating Processes and the Proton Driver
Monday, June 6
THERE WILL BE NO PARTICLE ASTROPHYSICS SEMINAR THIS WEEK
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topic: PBar Source Diagnostics
Friday, June 3|
Beef Pepper Pot
Buffalo chicken wings $4.85
Cajun Breaded Catfish $3.75
Sweet & Sour Pork Over Rice $3.75
Honey Mustard Ham & Swiss Panini $4.85
Double Stuffed Pizza $3.50
Carved Turkey $4.85
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
Day Care Marks 25 Years
Nurturing Lab Community|
Patti Hedrick and Mary Simmons remember that 25 years ago, the
idea of many women in physics, or of on-site day care, were just
ideas. "I think we were the only lab, or business in the area, with
anything like this program," said Simmons. "On-site day care was very
new." On June 1, the Children's Center day care facility celebrated its
25th anniversary with a reunion of parents, children and supporters.
Director Mike Witherell|
and his daughter Lily
cut the cake at the 25th
for Fermilab's Day Care
Center.(Click on image
for larger version.)
"One can actually talk about a Fermilab community, in part as a result of the Day Care Center," said Fermilab Director Michael Witherell. "Today, it is impossible to imagine Fermilab without the Children's Center." Michael and Beth Witherell's daughter Lily has attended the Children's Center, and Witherell spoke of the "magic of having all [our] children in our laboratory." His quote of former Director Leon Lederman emphasized that the lab's work means the most to future generations. Simmons recalled Lederman's enthusiasm and early support of the Children's Center, saying "he made it important" when such a program was new and unsure of its place in the lab.
Hedrick and Simmons pointed out that the program is now in its second generation of teachers and students, with former Director Linda Braddy's daughter on staff and her granddaughter enrolled in the Infant room. The response from past families has been gratifying. "We had one mother call us," said Hedrick, "saying that she would definitely be coming by, but her daughter was starting her first day as a lawyer and wouldn't be able to make it." Hedrick also spoke about two former students who maintained a friendship through college, even though they lived in different towns and never went to the same school. "They've built a relationship," Hedrick said. "Locating these former students and hearing these stories is great. That's where the rewards come from."
Too much cake! Babies lined up at the Day Care Center,
ready to go home after the celebration. (Click on image for larger version.)|
Oddone Adds New Look At
New Perspectives, June 9-11|
(Left to Right) GSA officers David Clark, Katherine Copic,
Jennifer Pursley and Sinjini Sengupta organized the New Perspectives
Conference this year. (Click on image for larger version.)|
Fermilab's Graduate Students Association and Young Particle Physicists chapter will host the New Perspectives Conference on June 9-11, with an expanded program featuring Harrison Prosper of Florida State University, Steven Kahn of Stanford University, and incoming Fermilab director Pier Oddone as speakers on June 10. "This is the first year we have had speakers from multiple institutions," said GSA officer Jen Pursley. "We wanted to bring something new to the conference."
The wine-and-cheese reception on June 9 will feature posters on display for the annual competition. "It's a great experience for physicists at this level to start presenting their work," said Pursley. "We will be asked to do that a lot in the future." The GSA offers prizes to the three best posters, in memory of George Michail, a graduate student at Fermilab who died in a tragic automobile accident at the age of 28.
New Perspectives also offers the chance to see what is going on in the larger community of particle physics. "Oftentimes we get trapped in the specifics of our own research," said Pursley. "Graduate students welcome another perspective-even from someone working on the same experiment."
From New Scientist, June 2, 2005|
Mystery rays could be sign of cosmic strings
The mysterious gamma rays that emanate from the central bulge of our galaxy could arise from a seething tangle of "cosmic strings".
The gamma rays have a distinctive energy of 511 kiloelectronvolts, suggesting they are formed by the mutual annihilation of electrons and their antimatter counterparts, positrons. But where do the positrons come from? "This is the big mystery," says Tanmay Vachaspati, a string theorist at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Theory Meets Experiment|
The WMAP experiment has set limits on the relic
density of the universe attributed to dark matter (horizontal lines). In
a simulated ILC measurement (black ellipse), scientists were able to
identify the mass and other properties of the stop quark, and to calculate the
corresponding relic density.|
The future experiments conducted at the International Linear Collider
are expected to lead to important discoveries, providing deep insight
into the basic ingredients of our universe: energy, matter, space and
time. But how does one test whether an experiment will be able to live
up to its expectations?
Scientists working on the design of the ILC detector are beginning to establish
a table of subatomic benchmark processes that the detector should be able
to identify among gazillions of uninteresting background processes.
From particles observed in past experiments to hypothetical processes
predicted by theoretical models, the ideal detector would be able to identify
them all. But in the real world, experimenters have to make compromises as
they construct the detector. Theorists and experimenters work together
and carry out computer simulations to test the capabilities of various
Together with four experimenters from Fermilab, Lancaster University and
DESY Zeuthen, Fermilab theorists Marcela Carena and Ayres Freitas are
studying a possible ILC benchmark process. The six scientists are
investigating whether an ILC detector could measure the properties of
stop quarks, hypothetical particles predicted by Supersymmetry.
"Stops are of great theoretical interest," says Freitas. "If they exist
and if they are light enough, they must have played an important role
in the formation of matter in the early universe. They would have an effect on
the total amount of dark matter."
Electron-positron collisions at the ILC would produce pairs of stop quarks,
which would yield a signal of two charm quark jets and missing energy.
Detecting these decays and concluding the existence of stop quarks is an
"Anything else that creates two jets and large missing energy is a severe
background," said Caroline Milstene, one of the four experimenters working
on the project, during her presentation of the study at Fermilab in May.
"We have to get rid of background that is a few orders of magnitude bigger
than the signal."
The team showed that the ILC detector would be able to determine the mass
of a potential 122.6 GeV stop quark with a precision of +/- 0.4 GeV. Combining
this analysis with other ILC precision measurements, they found that the ILC
can test whether supersymmetric particles are the source of dark matter.
The study will be published later this year.
Linear Collider News Archive
Register for the 2005 Fermilab Users' Meeting|
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Join Fermilab's Weight Watchers Group
Fermilab's Weight Watchers Group meets on Tuesdays from
11:30 to 12:30 PM on the 15th floor of Wilson Hall in
the North West classroom.
The cost of the 10 sessions is $119.00.
There are several payment options available.
If interested, please contact Bernie Dugan
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Children's Treasure Hunt Party - August 5
This two hour event offers an introduction to the safe use
of snorkeling gear and the aquatic environment. The Party
will be held on August 5 at the Village Pool from 9 AM - 11 AM.
The cost for each child is $20.00. Cost includes an introduction
to snorkeling basics, treasure hunt in an artificial reef environment,
pirates treasure to keep, use of snorkel gear and a personal snorkel
to keep. Children ages 5 to 12 years of age are accepted. Children must
know how to swim and be comfortable in the water. Registration deadline
is July 29. Maximum of 20 children accepted. Registration can be made
in the Recreation Office.