Pair of Project X workshops address Fermilab's future
|Fermilab Deputy Director Young-Kee Kim presents the Steering Group report at the P5 subcommittee meeting in late September.
Fermilab wants you to help set the future path of high-energy physics.
A pair of workshops are giving employees and others the chance to help craft the physics case for the laboratory's next wave of proposed experiments.
Today the laboratory is hosting the second day of the Accelerator Physics and Technology Workshop for Project X, with an eye toward finding overlap between particle accelerator laboratories and universities. More than 160 people signed up to participate.
Nov. 16-17, Fermilab and the Users' Executive Committee will host a Workshop on Physics to prepare a detailed account of the science behind the Steering Group Report and Project X. Registration is required for the free workshop.
"A high intensity proton source is only viable if the physics motivation is
strong," said Kevin Pitts, Fermilab Users' Executive Committee chairman. "This workshop will provide an opportunity for the community to come together to talk about the physics program that this machine might provide, and how that physics program would fit into the worldwide landscape of high-energy physics in the next decade."
The Steering Group Report proposes Fermilab conduct research and development on Project X, while maintaining the ILC as the laboratory's paramount goal.
In September Fermilab Deputy Director and Chair of the Steering Group, Young-Kee Kim, presented the Steering Group's proposal to P5. P5 expressed interest in the plan, but requested a more detailed physics case before its review of the plan. It is expected that the 16-member advisory group will review the plan sometime early next year and make a recommendation to HEPAP.
Several users have thrown their support behind the report, asking for engineering work to begin as soon as possible. But Kim has called on the users' community to make the intellectual investment in making Project X attractive from a scientific perspective first.
"Let's do this one step at a time," Kim said. "Let's get together and evaluate a physics case. Only with a clear physics case, our community will support Project X."
Information on the Physics Workshop can be found online.
Those wishing to submit posters, should contact Brendan Casey.
Registration is requested for the Physics workshop and to view the streaming video.
-- Tona Kunz