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Grzegorz Deptuch wins
early career award

PPD's Ray Yarema nominated Fermilab engineer Grzegorz Deptuch for IEEE's Radiation Instrumentation Early Career Award.

The IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society has awarded Grzegorz (Gregory) Deptuch, senior engineer at Fermilab, its Radiation Instrumentation Early Career Award.

Every two years, the society presents the award and a $1,500 prize to someone who has made significant contributions to the fields of radiation instrumentation and measurement techniques for ionizing radiation within 10 years of earning their last degree.

Monolithic chips require fewer parts and are cheaper to produce. Because the pixels are smaller, they allow scientists to record the location where particles passed through a detector with greater accuracy.

"(Deptuch) is an extremely talented engineer," said Ray Yarema, the Fermilab engineer who nominated him. When Yarema asked for letters of recommendation for Deptuch, he received double the amount needed.

"It's always a big pleasure to see that someone recognizes your work and considers it worth mentioning to others," Deptuch said.

Deptuch impressed his colleagues and superiors with his development of ways to use monolithic active pixel sensors - originally developed for use in digital cameras - in high-energy physics experiments.

"This is what I like the most: engineering meeting physics," Deptuch said. "You work on the border and achieve practical results."

Deptuch earned his master's degree in electrical engineering and his Ph.D. in electronics and physics from the University of Science and Technology AGH in Krakow, Poland, and a Ph.D. in electronis and physics from the Université Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France.

Many pixel sensors consist of two parts: a sensor and a readout chip. About a decade ago, during his Ph.D. research, Deptuch developed a way to integrate the two into a single monolithic structure.

"The game in high-energy physics is trying to look at smaller and smaller things," Yarema said.

Deptuch received the award at the society's annual meeting held in Dresden, Germany. Deptuch's parents, who live in Krakow, Poland, attended the award luncheon.

-- Kathryn Grim

In Brief

Parking lot theft

Thefts of electronic devices from cars often occur in parking lots at large shopping centers and apartment complexes. Fermilab is not immune. A window in an employee's car was smashed and a navigation device stolen last Thursday.

Local police departments have noted a spike in thefts of such electronic devices from cars. Thieves target a vehicle because they see a device they value or they see the tell-tale signs that the vehicle contains such a device - perhaps hidden under a seat or in the glove box. Thieves look for the device's holder, the marks on the windshield left by the holder's suction cup or a patch of Velcro on the dash.

To prevent theft of your devices and valuables, take the proper precautions:

  • Lock your car.
  • Don't leave valuables visible, including shopping bags or purses.
  • Don't leave holders for navigation devices visible.

Report any suspicious activity to security at x3414.

-- Bill Flaherty, head of Fermilab Security

From the Technical Division

Enhancing world collaboration

Giorgio Apollinari, head of the Technical Division, wrote today's column.

Giorgio Apollinari

At the last meeting of the International Committee for Future Accelerators, the newly appointed CERN Director General Rolf-Dieter Heuer gave the summary talk. It focused on enhancing world collaboration. His talk, from which I "borrowed" the title for my column, focused on the need to extend the same level of worldwide collaboration that we know from high-energy physics detectors and experiments to the design, development and operation of accelerator facilities.

The way to this goal, according to Heuer, is to make use of worldwide competencies, ideas and resources in global HEP endeavors, such as a future lepton collider or a beyond-the-LHC hadron collider, and in what previously might have been considered regional programs (such as XFEL, Project X or Super B factories).

The common denominator that motivates experimental physicists to share resources on a detector is the ultimate goal of making physics discoveries. Likewise, I think that the primary motivation for a worldwide collaboration of the accelerator design and development community has to be the participation in the integration, commissioning, understanding and operation of new accelerator facilities.

One of the major hurdles we face in the design and construction of magnets and superconducting cryomodules in the Technical Division is the need to predict how these components will interact with other elements of an accelerator beamline. Such integration problems, of course, are well known to physicists who have worked on putting together complex particle detectors such as the ones at the LHC. In a world with few dedicated accelerator facilities, understanding the integration of accelerator elements by first-hand participation is a major motivation for enhancing world collaboration.

Two collaboration meetings have the potential to plant the seeds for this type of worldwide involvement. Last week, Fermilab held a Project X collaboration meeting. In December, CERN will host the Superconducting Proton Linac collaboration meeting. Both projects with their ancillary accelerator front-end developments (High Intensity Neutrino Source and Linac4, respectively) aim at the acceleration of high-intensity beams with similar, but not identical, technologies.

The challenge in front of us is to build the relationships and mutual involvement in these projects that will allow us to share the integration lessons. Enhancing the world collaboration is the way to go.

Safety Update

ES&H weekly report, Nov. 25

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ES&H section, includes one injury, which was not reportable. We have now worked 21 days since the last recordable injury. Find the full report here.

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