Fermilab Today Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Tuesday, March 10
10:30 p.m
Research Technology Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: James W. Beletic, Teledyne Imaging Sensors
Title: Imaging Sensor Technologies for Astronomy, Planetary Exploration and Earth Observation
2 p.m.
Special Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar (NOTE DATE & TIME)- One West
Speaker: Cecilia Gerber, University of Illinois, Chicago
Title: Observation of Single Top at DZero
Speaker: Rainer Wallny, University of California, Los Angeles
Title: Observation of Single Top at CDF
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Hitoshi Hayano, KEK
Title: Basic R&D for High Gradient ILC SC Cavity in KEK-STF

Wednesday, March 11
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: R. Sekhar Chivukula, Michigan State University
Title: The Symmetries of QCD

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Tuesday, March 10
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Wednesday, March 11
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- Sautéed pea pod & water chestnuts
- Lemon meringue ice cream pie in toasted pecan crust

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From symmetrybreaking

Lecturer gives glimpse of cosmic ray research

A surface detector at Pierre Auger Observatory in Malargue, Argentina.

There's more than one way to study particle physics. You can use huge man-made accelerators such as the Tevatron. Or you can rely on nature to supply you with its tiniest constituents for research.

Tapping nature's supply of cosmic rays is one of the oldest forms of particle physics research.

The Pierre Auger Observatory gives it a modern twist with cutting-edge technology, including the world's largest array of detectors and solar panels powering them used in an experiment.

Angela Olinto said the chance to find out about the birth of the universe as well as work in a field with a long history drew her to the study of cosmic rays and the Pierre Auger collaboration.

"The birth of particle physics is closely tied to cosmic rays," she says.

Olinto, a University of Chicago Astronomy and Astrophysics professor, captivated an audience of about 500 people at Fermilab Feb. 27 for a lecture on the Pierre Auger Observatory, the world's largest cosmic-ray experiment, based in Argentina.

Cosmic rays may provide a window into exotic, undiscovered particles or
explain dark matter, the mysterious, invisible force thought to influence
the spinning of stars and hold galaxies together.

Ultimately scientists want to know the origin of cosmic rays. The Pierre
Auger Observatory project, which includes 700 scientists, 70 institutions
and 18 countries, in 2007, announced that active galactic nuclei are the
most likely source of the high-energy cosmic rays. These massive black holes
swallow gas, dust and matter from galaxies and spew out particles and

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-- Kristine Crane

In the News

Taking important scientific research to the general public

From The Johns Hopkins University Gazette, March 9, 2009

Scientists are adept at talking about their research with peers. But ask them to explain what they do (and why it's important) to the cashier at the local grocery store or the mother of four who lives across the street and they admit to feeling, well, less than competent.

"The truth is that some of us are better than others at talking to the general public about our research," said Jonathan A. Bagger, vice provost for graduate and postdoctoral programs and special projects and a professor in the Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins' Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. "Being able to communicate is important, and it's something we need to work on, for sure."

That's why Bagger was among a handful of Johns Hopkins scientists and graduate students who recently collaborated with curators at the Maryland Science Center to create two exhibits and a demonstration that elucidate their research to the general public.

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Director's Corner

This week's Director's Corner will appear in Wednesday's issue of Fermilab Today.

Accelerator Update

March 6-9
- Two stores provided ~33 hours of luminosity
- Accelerators recovered form Kautz Rd power glitch
- Linac resolves quadrupole power supply problems
- Linac switched to I- Source
- Lightning strike trips off equipment and loss of stash
- Main contactor for TeV power supply repaired
- Pbar fixes optical receiver at AP50
- TeV quench during shot setup

*The integrated luminosity for 3/2/09 to 3/9/09 was 44.46 inverse pico barns

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


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Altium Designer Lunch and Learn Seminar March 17

Excel 2007 Pivot Tables class March 18

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URA visiting Scholars applications due March 20

NALWO Adler Planetarium Trip March 21

Child Care program March 24

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Conflict Management & Negotiation Skills class April 1

English Country Dancing, April 5

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