Fermilab Today Wednesday, June 10, 2009

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Wednesday, June 10
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Andrea Latina, Fermilab
Title: In conjunction with the Low Emittance Muon Collider Workshop: CLIC Project Overview

Thursday, June 11
2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Yeong Gyun Kim, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Title: Mass and Spin Measurements with mT2 at the LHC
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Extreme Beam - Physics at the Intensity Frontier Lecture Series - One West*
Speaker: Steve Holmes, Fermilab
Title: Project X: A Multi-MW Proton Source at Fermilab

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Wednesday, June 10
- Chicken noodle
- Steak sandwich
- * Maple Dijon salmon
- Mongolian Beef
- California club
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Chicken pesto pasta

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Wednesday, June 10
- Spicy tilapia w/ pineapple pepper relish
- Basmati rice
- Blueberry custard parfait

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DASTOW today

Fermilab's Daughters and Sons to Work day kicks off this morning with a group photo at 8:45 a.m. in front of Wilson Hall.

A bevy of events highlighting science and ecological aspects of the laboratory are scheduled until 2:30 p.m. For a complete schedule of events and to see photos from previous DASTOWs, see the DASTOW Web page.

The Fire Department also will bring a note of safety to the day by giving children a chance to learn the proper way to escape a fire by crawling through a 20-foot smoke house. Future firefighters can try their hands at using the department hoses to put out a small blaze.

The cafeteria staff will provide a hotdog lunch for attendees.

This is a great chance to expose children to career options, offer them insight into your work day and just plain have fun.


Susan Werner brings folk to Fermilab

Award-winning singer Susan Werner brings her blend of folk, gospel and R&B to Fermilab's Ramsey Auditorium at 8 p.m. Saturday.

During the course of her colorful career, Werner has cultivated a reputation as a daring and innovative songwriter with a killer live show. She boldly endeavors to weave old with new to create altogether new genres of music. Most of her work infuses traditional music styles and methods with her unmistakable contemporary worldview, constantly challenging listeners to experience music from a fresh perspective. The Chicago Tribune has called her 'the most innovative songwriter working today."

Her album 2004 releases "I Can't be New" ranked as the No. 1 album on Amazon.com and her album "The Gospel Truth" was named the 2007 Top Folk Album of the Year by NPR/Folk Alley and WUMB. She was named Best Contemporary Folk Artist at the 2008 International Folk Alliance music conference.

For more information see the Fermilab Art Series Web site. For telephone reservations, call 630/840-ARTS. Tickets are $18 for adults and $9 for ages 18 and younger.

In the News

Chinese Scientists Hope to Make Deepest, Darkest Dreams Come True

From Science, June 2009

Particle physicist Yue Qian had his eureka moment in front of the TV set. For over a decade, Chinese scientists have longed for an underground laboratory that would enable them to join efforts across the globe to detect dark matter, observe neutrinos, and watch for exotic particle physics phenomena. Searches for suitable sites repeatedly came up empty-handed. But last August, after Yue caught a news report on the completion of two tunnels piercing Jinping Mountain in Sichuan Province, he felt that the long quest for such a lab might finally be over.

After months of negotiations, on 8 May Tsinghua University in Beijing, where Yue is an associate professor, signed an agreement with the tunnels' owner, Ertan Hydropower Development Co., to hollow out an experimental chamber. The Jinping lab would be the deepest underground science facility in the world, edging out-by 100 meters or so-the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory that the U.S. National Science Foundation may build in an abandoned mine in Lead, South Dakota. By placing sensors deep in the earth, physicists hope to reduce spurious signals from cosmic rays. China's subterranean aspirations have been circulating in Asia for months; the international community will get its first glimpse of the project at a dark-matter workshop in Shanghai on 15 June and at an astroparticle and underground physics conference in Rome next month.

An underground lab has been a dream for several generations of Chinese scientists, says Wang Yifang, a particle physicist at the Institute of High Energy Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. Past candidate sites, including an underground aviation museum near Beijing and coal and gold mines around the country, all were judged too shallow or impractical.

Jinping, on the other hand, "looks ideal," Wang says. The lab would have approximately 2500 meters of marble and sandstone above it: more shielding than any similar site in the world. Researchers will be able to make a 1-hour drive from a regional airport to the lab's front door. And the tunnels are sized for construction equipment, promising smooth delivery of instruments and supplies.

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From the Fermilab CMS Center

Training opportunities for collaborators

Lothar Bauerdick, head of the CMS Center at Fermilab, wrote this week's column.

Lothar Bauerdick

This summer, several programs will prepare our collaborators and students for the upcoming data analysis phase of the CMS experiment. Many postdocs from Fermilab and U.S. universities are attending the joint Fermilab-CERN Hadron Collider Physics Summer School, which is taking place at CERN right now.

From August 3-5, the LHC Physics Center at Fermilab is organizing its next "J-TERM" course. The program will include presentations on physics topics for the early data taking and show what constitutes a full data analysis with examples from CDF and DZero. The program will feature both physics lectures and technical instructions, such as a presentation on common physics tools and beginner's and advanced hands-on tutorials.

In his talk at the Fermilab Users' Meeting last week, CERN's Sergio Bertolucci presented the enormous progress of the LHC on its way to high-energy collisions later this year. After the tight installation schedule last year, the shutdown after last year's LHC incident has given CMS the opportunity to install the last missing detector components and to make detector improvements. For example, the 6 percent of readout channels of the forward pixel detector that didn't work could be repaired and now 99.5 percent of all channels are working.

The CMS collaboration has learned an incredible amount about detector performance from recording and analyzing cosmic-ray events. Some 300 million events taken with the full detector and magnetic field switched on have led to detailed studies of calibration, timing, efficiencies as well as increased robustness of our software and detector systems. One result is that we now know the alignment of the CMS silicon tracker detector to 25-30 micrometers, a precision that otherwise would have had to wait for about 50 inverse picobarns of particle collision data.

Cosmic-ray data taking restarted last week, and the Remote Operations Center at Fermilab is again full of activities. From our center, we are taking remote detector, data quality and computing shifts. In early July, CMS will close its detector and begin a series of magnet tests and cosmic-ray runs. This fall, this will segue into taking data of colliding beams.

Safety Update

ES&H weekly report, June 9

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ES&H section, lists one injury reported to the Medical Office that occurred while the person was outside of the United States. It has been 10 days since the last recordable injury. Find the full report here.

Safety report archive


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Intermediate/Advanced Python Programming July 22-24

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