Fermilab Today Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tuesday, April 21
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Eliana Gianfelice-Wendt, Fermilab
Title: Accelerator Physics Developments for Tevatron Run II: Lecture 2: Part 2: Linear Optics Measurements (Closed Orbit Distortion, Turn-by-Turn)

Wednesday, April 22
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium - One West Speaker: Dan Hooper, Fermilab Title: Charged Cosmic Rays and Particle Dark Matter

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FNAL Ph.D. graduate Ryoichi Miyamoto earns APS award

Ryoichi Miyamoto gives a presentation at the 2007 annual Users meeting at Fermilab.

Ryoichi Miyamoto, a graduate of Fermilab's Accelerator Ph.D. program has won the 2009 APS Award for development of a novel diagnostic system for the Tevatron.

Due to the successful operation of the Tevatron's new system, CERN will soon have a similar system built for the LHC.

Miyamoto will receive the award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Beam Physics for his work on an AC dipole, a magnet that excites sustained beam oscillations at a certain frequency, for diagnostics in the Tevatron. He will accept the award at the Particle Accelerator Conference in May in Vancouver, Canada. He now works at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

To make sure that the Tevatron is working properly and to continue to increase luminosity, scientists must assess that each part of the machine works correctly. To do that, they collect orbit data from beam circulating in the system and compare that data to the models of how it should work. Miyamoto's system uses a low-intensity beam and a 20 kHz AC dipole that allows the beam to remain in an excited state longer without beam loss or quenches. That allows each of more than 200 beam position monitors to take more data quickly, and greatly improves the accuracy of optical function measurements compared to more traditional methods.

Miyamoto, with the help of his supervisors, University of Texas-Austin's Professor Sacha Kopp and AD's Mike Syphers, and accelerator scientists, engineers and technicians, developed, implemented and successfully used a new system for revealing the condition of the Tevatron focusing lattice.

"This is really remarkable," said Vladimir Shiltsev, director of the Accelerator Physics Center, which jointly administers the Ph.D. program. "Ryoichi came to Fermilab and quickly learned about the Tevatron, how it works, how to get access to the orbit data, then he has built the AC dipole system and showed that it is a very useful instrument."

-- Rhianna Wisniewski

Special Announcement

Computing Division launches Fermilab Service Desk today

This morning at 8 a.m., the new Fermilab Service Desk went live. If you need any assistance, please log into the new Service Desk to report information technology incidents or to make routine IT requests. Please remember that your first login to the new Service Desk will initially work slowly as the system creates your personal profile. Subsequent visits will operate much faster. If necessary, you can call the Service Desk directly at x2345. Thank you for your patience and support during this transition.

In the News

NASA spots most crowded space collision ever

From MSNBC.com, April 16, 2009

Astronomers spotted the galaxy clusters involved in a triple merger

An interstellar pileup involving four galaxy clusters has become the most crowded cluster collision ever detected.

Astronomers spotted the galaxy clusters involved in a triple merger, the first time that such a phenomenon has been recorded. NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory and Hubble Space Telescope joined the Keck Observatory in Hawaii to safely observe the mess from 5.4 billion light years away.

The cosmic collision is taking place in MACSJ0717, a 13 million-light-year-long stream of galaxies, gas and dark matter known as a filament. That filamentary freeway continues to pour galaxies and other matter into a region already full of galaxies.

"In addition to this enormous pileup, MACSJ0717 is also remarkable because of its temperature," said Cheng-Jiun Ma, an astronomer at the University of Hawaii. "Since each of these collisions releases energy in the form of heat, MACS0717 has one of the highest temperatures ever seen in such a system."

Collisions between galaxies can often result in larger galaxies. Our Milky Way is slated for a run-in with a colossal cloud of gas, and eventually will merge with the neighboring Andromeda galaxy.

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In the News

Bison a big hit at Fermilab

From Kane County Chronicle, April 20, 2009

Buddy kept his eye on Jon Plese as he approached the fence on the grounds of Fermilab.

As Buddy licked his lips, there was no doubt what was on his mind and that of his fellow bison - food. But feeding an 1,800-pound animal is not as easy as just ripping open a bag of food and pouring it into a dish.

"You can't just walk in their pen," said Plese, 42, who takes care of the herd. "They are wild animals. They are unpredictable."

Feeding the animals has become a routine for Plese, who has worked at Fermilab for 22 years. He took over as bison herder three years ago after the previous herder retired.

Plese has to retreat to the safety of a tractor to feed the herd. After attaching a wagon full of 4 percent dairy protein pellets to the tractor, he drives the tractor to the empty troughs. Then, he pulls a lever to dispense the pellets.

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Director's Corner


Pier Oddone

Earned Value Management (EVM) is a methodology for integrating scope, schedule and resources to measure the performance and progress of projects against an agreed-to baseline plan. The system that is put in place to implement this methodology is EVMS.

Earned Value concepts started in the 60s during the development of large projects. The basis for these concepts is very simple: how much value have we created with what effort, and do these match our plan at a given stage? Implementing an accurate measurement system, however, is not simple. At Fermilab we have applied these concepts for a number of years to our projects, but not to their full extent and power. EVMS is now considered best practice and is the standard adopted by the federal government and the project management industry. To carry out large projects in the future, FRA needs to be certified as meeting the ANSI/EIA-748-B Earned Value Management Systems standard.

We certainly stand to gain from being certified to national standards as we have in the environmental and health and safety areas. The more we adopt best practices and national standards the more straightforward and transparent will be our interactions with our sponsors and with industry. The system will keep everyone--project managers, other members of the project team, and upper level management (Laboratory & DOE)--informed as to the near-real-time performance of projects. This information allows an understanding of the final projected cost at completion, and provides warning as problems arise or trends develop to allow corrective actions in order to deliver the project on schedule and within budget.

The EVMS Core Team working on developing the system consists of eleven people and is led by Dean Hoffer and Elaine McCluskey. EVMS has been first implemented for the NOvA project, which has followed its procedures and reporting requirements over the last six months. Dean, Elaine and John Cooper, the NOvA project manager, have been relentlessly driving their teams in developing the EVMS program and getting it operational in NOvA. The EVMS performance metrics make up a major part of the NOvA monthly reports.

A team of approximately a dozen people from DOE's Office of Engineering & Construction Management, which monitors EVMS compliance, will descend upon Fermilab for the entire week of May 11-15 to prod, probe, question, interview and understand our program and NOvA's implementation, culminating in recommendations that FRA will have to address in order to receive certification under the ANSI standard.

We have worked hard in preparing and implementing our EVMS program (pdf). We welcome the OECM Certification Review Team and we look forward to their recommendations to help us better implement this important management tool.

Accelerator Update

April 17-20
- Five stores provided ~56.5 hours of luminosity
- NuMI off due to autotune software problems
- TeV injection magnet power supply failed
- MI-20 LCW pump trips

*The integrated luminosity for the period from 4/13/09 to 4/20/09 was 73.07 inverse pico barns.

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


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