Laboratory releases Physics Advisory Committee report
Fermilab has released the latest report from the Physics Advisory Commitee, an advisory group that recommends direction to the laboratory's leadership regarding future experiments and programs.
The Fermilab Physics Advisory Committee considered at its fall session ways to keep and grow a dynamic, diversified science program. The meeting focused on R&D for future experiments.
Topics specifically considered during the Nov. 3-5 meeting included Fermilab's role on CMS, the long-baseline neutrino program anticipated for DUSEL, the mu2e experiment and the Joint Dark Energy Mission. The committee reviewed a proposal for a mu2e experiment and recommended
Stage I approval. Stage I approval, which has been granted by the Laboratory,
means that the experiment's physics goals are important for the field, and the
proposed techniques are appropriate for that stage. Then, the experiment and
Laboratory can proceed to develop a more detailed plan and pursue funding.
Throughout the laboratory's history, the PAC has analyzed proposals for experiments and potential programs and helped the laboratory to define its strategic plan. Senior scientists from universities and high-energy physics laboratories in the U.S. and abroad comprise the PAC.
"The theorists and experimentalists on the committee offer both breadth of vision and depth of experience," said Jeff Appel, assistant director at Fermilab and the committee's secretary.
The charge to the PAC and the committee's comments and recommendations are now available from links on the PAC Web page.
The PAC's next meeting is scheduled for March 5-7, 2009.