Fermilab Today Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009

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Wednesday, Sept. 30
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Clark Cully, DOE
Title: Fun D.C. Jobs for Physicists

Thursday, Oct. 1
2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Christopher Jackson, Argonne National Laboratory
Title: Higgs in Space!
3:30 p.m.

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U.S. manufacturer passes SRF cavity benchmark

A superconducting cavity.

For the first time, a superconducting radio frequency cavity made by a U.S. manufacturer passed the gradient benchmark required for the proposed International Linear Collider.

Advanced Energy Systems Inc. of Medford, N.Y., produced the nine-cell niobium cavity, which achieved an acceleration gradient of 41 megavolts per meter, surpassing the 35 megavolts per meter benchmark, during tests earlier this month at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News, Virginia.

The accelerating gradient is a measure of how much an accelerator can increase a particle's energy over a certain distance. Future accelerators, like the ILC, aim to achieve the highest possible gradient to build shorter, and hence cheaper, machines.

AES president Tony Favale said a new treatment process, in which Jefferson Lab baked the cavities at higher temperatures for less time, might have contributed to better results. Baking the cavities removes hydrogen from the niobium.

"They always said our welds were beautiful, but having a beautiful weld doesn't mean it will pass the test," Favale said. "Maybe it's the higher temperatures. We can't wait to see how the next cavities test."

Fermilab, which purchased the cavity from AES, plans to install it in a cryomodule planned for construction in 2010, said Mark Champion, SRF development department head in Fermilab's Technical Division. The proposed ILC will require 16,000 superconducting cavities.

AES has produced 10 cavities so far, eight of which have been processed and tested. The qualifying cavity is the eighth built by AES. The ninth cavity also performed well, topping out just below the benchmark, at 34 megavolts per meter.

"The excellent performance of the latest AES cavity is encouraging," said Bob Kephart, director for Fermilab's ILC program. "It is an important step for U.S. industry to become competitive manufacturers of SRF components."

Three other North American manufacturers — Niowave, of Lansing, Mich., Roark, of Brownsburg, Ind., and PAVAC Industries Inc., of British Columbia, Canada — will provide their first cavities to Fermilab in 2010.

-Chris Knight

Special Announcement

Prairie Seed Harvest Oct. 3

On Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. you can take your green-thumb skills to a new level to help restore Fermilab's prairie by collecting native seeds. Some of the seeds replenish nature areas at the laboratory while others help build prairies at area schools. Enter at Pine Street and follow signs to the harvest. Wear field clothes and gloves. Bring hand clippers and paper bags.

A picnic lunch will be provided. If you plan to bring a group, contact Roads and Grounds' Bob Lootens at lootens@fnal.gov. A second prairie harvest is scheduled for Oct. 31. Click here for more information.

In the News

Batavia artist donates painting to fight hunger

From Batavian Republican, Sept. 28, 2009

Editor's note: Kathi Luedemann works as a compensation analyst supervisor for Fermilab's Workforce Development & Resources Section.

Batavia resident Kathi Luedemann often gets the urge to paint.

"I've been waiting for an airplane and have sat down, I might have some water nearby, and paint in an airport," Luedemann said. "I look to paint as often as I can."

On Sept. 17, Luedemann was involved in the "Art of Giving" charity event at Cantigny with the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Luedemann donated four watercolor paintings for sale and helped the food bank raise more than $10,000 at the event. At least 150 people attended.

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From the WDRS

Putting your ideas to work

Kay Van Vreede, head of the Workforce, Development and Resources Section, wrote this week's column.

Kay Van Vreede

In my last column, I asked for suggestions to enhance human resources services and asked for participation in live suggestion sessions.

I would like to thank those who took the time to share ideas. Not only did those individuals provide good ideas, but the communication gave us an opportunity to bounce ideas off an interested group of people. I enjoyed the opportunity to speak with people and hear what is important to them. It is a practice I would like to continue. I will ask people to participate in chat groups on a periodic basis.

Most of the enhancements we are looking at fall into one of three categories: customer service, outreach and communication. We are still working on refining and prioritizing our plans, but there are some things we have already done or are in the process of doing. We are developing a customer feedback mechanism so that people can tell us what works and what doesn't. We are also completely revamping our Web site to make it easier to navigate. The new site will make it easier to find answers to your questions.

We also plan to bring more human resources events to all parts of the laboratory. During this year's annual enrollment, which begins Oct. 1, we will have Benefits Department employees and vendor representatives available at different locations throughout the laboratory to help answer any questions you may have.

For more frequent updates on changes to benefits or benefit policies, you can check out our most recent Benefits Bulletin.

To better acclimate newcomers to the laboratory, or to refresh those employees who wish to attend, WDRS has implemented a regular newcomers Brown Bag event. During this event, new employees will have an opportunity to hear a short presentation on a specific topic, ask the experts questions and network with other newcomers as well as employees who have been here longer and want to share their experiences. I'll keep you posted as we add more.

There is one other thing I want to share with you. Much to our joy, we have finally thrown out the typewriters and have automated payroll authorization forms. When you see the payroll authorization forms for your Oct. 1 increase, you will see the first revision of this form in about 35 years.

Safety Update

ES&H weekly report
Sept. 29, 2009

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ES&H section, includes four first aid only accidents, all of them insect stings.

Find the full report here.

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Latest Announcements

Excel shortcuts class - Oct. 13

Annual enrollment begins - Oct. 1

Fermilab hosts workshop on applications of high-intensity proton accelerators - Oct. 19 - 21

Scottish country dancing Tuesday evenings at Kuhn Village Barn

Weight Watchers at work coming soon

International folk dancing Thursday evenings at Kuhn Village Barn

Special flim screening in Chicago for the Year of Astronomy - Sept. 25 - Oct. 1

Argentine Tango through Sept. 30

Submit advance leave agreement form

ACU presents "Investing in an Uncertain Market" - Oct. 1

Toastmasters - Oct. 1

NALWO - Annual Autumn Potluck Luncheon - Oct. 2

Day of Astronomy in Aurora - Oct. 3

Prairie Seed Harvest - Oct. 3

English Country Dancing - Oct. 4

On-site prescription eyewear technican dates of absence

Yoga class begins Oct. 6

Muscle toning class begins Oct. 6

Thai Village restaurant discount

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Buttered Rum performs on Fermilab Arts Series - Oct. 24

Fred Garbo Inflatable Theatre - at Fermilab Arts Series - Nov. 7

Process piping (ASME B31.3) class offered in October and November

"The Night Before Christmas Carol" at Fermilab Arts Series - Dec. 5

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