Fermilab Today Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Tuesday, March 31
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Valeri Lebedev, Fermilab
Title: Accelerator Physics Developments for Tevatron Run II - Lecture I: Linear Optics Fundamentals and Linear Optics with Coupling Between Degrees of Freedom

Wednesday, April 1
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Isabelle Grenier, University of Paris Diderot/CEA Saclay
Title: The Animated Gamma-Ray Sky Revealed by the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope

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Fermilab Press Release

U.S. CMS Detector project wins Department of Energy award

Batavia, Ill.—The U.S. Department of Energy has named the U.S. Compact Muon Solenoid detector project as a recipient of the DOE Secretary’s Award for Achievement. DOE presents the awards to management teams that demonstrate significant results in completing projects within cost and schedule. Fermilab physicist Dan Green will accept the award on behalf of the U.S. CMS collaboration on March 31, at the 2009 Annual DOE Project Management Workshop in Alexandria, Virginia.

The U.S. CMS collaboration will share the award for the detector project with the U.S. ATLAS collaboration. The projects provide a unique opportunity for U.S. scientists to participate in the largest collaborative effort ever attempted in the physical sciences. Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory serves as the host laboratory for the U.S. CMS project. Brookhaven National Laboratory hosts the U.S. ATLAS project. Scientists from U.S. universities and national laboratories contributed key components and expertise to the state-of-the-art detectors built for the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the European laboratory for particle physics, in Geneva, Switzerland.

“This award is a tribute to the entire U.S. CMS collaboration,” said Green, who currently serves as the CMS Collaboration board chair. “It recognizes the team efforts of more than 700 scientists who built one-third of the detector on time and on budget.

CMS has approximately 2,300 international collaborators. Supported by the DOE Office of Science and the National Science Foundation, the U.S. CMS collaboration consists of roughly 420 Ph.D. physicists, over 100 graduate students and nearly 200 engineers, technicians, and computer scientists from 48 U.S. universities and Fermilab. The U.S. is the largest single national group in the experiment.

“I congratulate Fermilab and Dan Green on effectively managing the U.S. CMS detector project,” said Pepin Carolan, who served as DOE Federal Project Director for U.S. CMS and U.S. ATLAS. “Both U.S. ATLAS and U.S. CMS play a critical role in training future generations of scientists to maintain U.S. leadership in science, technology and innovation.”

Press release

In Brief

New group supports SCRF technology industrialization

A new organization will foster partnerships between industry and government-funded organizations working on advanced accelerator programs.

The Superconducting Particle Accelerator Forum of the Americas, a 501 (c) 6 not-for-profit corporation, will support the industrialization of all major government funded projects that incorporate superconducting radio frequency accelerator technology.

The corporation is an expansion of the former Linear Collider Forum of America. It will provide a formal network for its industry members with common business interests to interact on government-funded efforts during the research, development and siting of large particle accelerator projects, including the ILC.

SPAFOA updates its members on the progress and issues related to these programs, and will facilitate two-way technology transfer between industry and government-funded activities.

Visit the SPAFOA Web site for more membership benefits or a membership application.

In the News

Planck By Planck

From Science News, April 2009

Pssst! Want to see the birth of the universe?

Astronomers say it's not a scam. The launch of the European Space Agency's Planck mission, set for late April or early May, will put into orbit a new tool -the microwave equivalent of polarized sunglasses - that may offer a view of the dawn of time.

Before the first galaxies, before the first stars, there was light -the brilliant glow of radiation created during the Big Bang, 13.7 billion years ago. The remnant of that ancient light, now cooled by the expansion of the universe to a frigid 2.7 kelvins, is known as the cosmic microwave background. Instruments on the Planck craft will explore this radiation in exquisite and unprecedented detail.

To minimize interference from Earth's own microwaves - which are 100 times more intense than the cosmic microwave background - Planck will orbit 1.5 million kilometers from the planet. It will take about six weeks to reach that orbit; once Planck settles in, its mission will last at least 14 months.

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In the News

Argonne cloud computing helps scientists run high energy physics experiments using AliEn grid services

From Argonne National Laboratory Newsroom, March 24, 2009

A novel system is enabling high energy physicists at CERN in Switzerland to make production runs that integrate their existing pool of distributed computers with dynamic resources in "science clouds." The work was presented at the 17th annual conference on Computing in High Energy and Nuclear Physics, held in Prague, Czech Republic, March 21-27.

The integration was achieved by leveraging two mechanisms: the Nimbus Context Broker, developed by computer scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago, and a portable software environment developed at CERN.

Scientists working on A Large Ion Collider Experiment, also known as the ALICE collaboration, are conducting heavy ion simulations at CERN. They have been developing and debugging compute jobs on a collection of internationally distributed resources, managed by a scheduler called AliEn.

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Director's Corner

Deep down

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone, South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds and Brookhaven National Laboratory Director Sam Aronson visited Homestake Mine in South Dakota last week.

Last Thursday, groups from DOE, NSF, Fermilab, Brookhaven National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory visited the Homestake mine, the site selected by NSF for the proposed Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL). Currently Homestake is the site of the Sanford Underground Laboratory, funded jointly by the State of South Dakota and a private donation by Denny Sanford, a prominent citizen of South Dakota.

Homestake is a legendary site for particle physics, the location of the "Davis" cavern where Ray Davis carried out his ground-breaking experiment starting in the 1960s to detect neutrinos from the Sun. His results were the first indication that neutrinos were not behaving as expected. This behavior was finally elucidated by the Super Kamiokande experiment in Japan, which Masatoshi Koshiba worked on. Davis and Koshiba shared the Physics Nobel Prize in 2002 for the detection of cosmic neutrinos. (The physics prize that year was also shared by Riccardo Giacconi for the discovery of x-ray sources).

During our visit we were able to go down to the level at 4,550 feet below the surface, near the 4,850 foot level where we envision the major development of large caverns for neutrino and proton decay experiments. The 4850 foot level is not yet reachable because the mine was flooded in the gap in operations during the mine transfer from the private sector to the State of South Dakota. On an easy day to remember, my birthday, March 26, 2009, the water level was at 4,830 feet, very close to allowing the development of the 4,850 foot level. Eventually the mine will be de-watered all the way down to the 8,000 foot level.

The existing infrastructure for carrying people to that level and hauling out debris from excavations is impressive. Huge lifts developed in the 1930s and beautifully maintained can lift 11 tons of materials per lift and make well over 150 lifts a day. The mine is well characterized since there are 400 miles of underground tunnels developed when Homestake was the largest gold mine in the western hemisphere. The ventilation system makes life at nearly 5,000 feet deep quite comfortable.

The commitment of the State of South Dakota is impressive. The governor, the Honorable Mike Rounds, spoke eloquently to us about South Dakota's commitment to education. He described the important role that this deep underground laboratory already plays in the education of future generations by inspiring young South Dakotans and many others to explore the profound mysteries of nature and undertake scientific careers.

A long base-line experiment to a distant site like Homestake would anchor the long range neutrino program at Fermilab. We envision three phases in this program. The first phase is the current phase with the MINOS, MiniBooNE and SciBooNE experiments. The intermediate phase will develop the NOvA, MicroBooNE and MINERVA experiments. The final phase to come into operations late in the next decade would be a world-leading program involving the long baseline experiment from Fermilab to Homestake. We are fortunate to have the promise of great results all along this trajectory.

Accelerator Update

March 27-30
- Four stores provided ~50 hours of luminosity
- Experts search for high-field ground fault in MI
- TeV quench during shot setup
- TeV abort during shot setup
- Booster vacuum leak found and repaired

*The integrated luminosity from 3/23//09 to 3/30/09 was 56.8 inverse picobarns.

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


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