Physics of Project X meeting to probe lab's future research
|A Project X poster for the Nov. 9-10 workshop.
A meeting focusing on a key element of Fermilab's proposed future physics program will take place Nov. 9-10.
The 4th Workshop on Physics with a High-Intensity Proton Source will serve as a chance for high-energy physics community members to discuss the evolution of Project X's proposed design. They will also discuss Fermilab's research program at the intensity frontier and the physics opportunities associated with the proposed project.
"We have some new ideas we're excited about," said Bob Tschirhart, Fermilab scientist and workshop co-organizer. "We need critical review from the community, a cold-eye, scientific review to validate that our optimism is sound."
Last week, the ICD-2 Research Program Task Force released a draft report on the potential physics experiments that could be done with Projext X based on a new conceptual design.
During a Project X collaboration meeting in September, collaborators discussed both the project's initial configuration design and a more recent significant modification to that design, ICD-2, which allows a more versatile physics program.
"The accelerator design has evolved to maximize our science," said Fermilab Deputy Director Young-Kee Kim.
The new design of a high-power, low-energy, continuous-wave proton linac, followed by a pulsed linac or rapid cycling synchrotron, will offer excellent power and flexible timing of various secondary beams. These beams are best suited for rare-process and neutrino experiments, said Yoshi Kuno, Osaka University physics professor and workshop co-organizer.
Project X would also be a natural first step toward new, more powerful facilities at Fermilab, such as a neutrino factory or muon collider," said workshop chair Stan Wojcicki. To explore these possible relationships, a muon collider workshop will immediately follow the Project X workshop. Both groups can attend a joint session in the afternoon on Nov. 10.
At the November workshop, collaborators will produce a white paper summarizing discussions at the workshop about Project X and the laboratory's potential physics program.
The collaboration will seek technical advice on Project X's ICD-2 from the Accelerator Advisory Committee, which convenes a week later. Collaborators hope the project will receive CD-0 in 2010.
Even if you don't attend the workshop, you can help collaborators rename Project X. A list of previously suggested names is available here. Submit your suggestions via e-mail to Young-Kee Kim
-- Rhianna Wisniewski