Rich set of topics considered at recent PAC meeting
|Members of the Physics Advisory Committee met in November at Fermilab to listen to reports and make recommendations to the director about the laboratory's future plans.
Scientists have a bountiful list of ideas for experiments that will help keep Fermilab on the cutting edge of scientific discovery. Many of these ideas were submitted to the laboratory in time for consideration at the November meeting of Fermilab's Physics Advisory Committee (PAC).
Scientists have tapped pioneering technologies as ways to explore the energy, intensity and cosmic frontiers, consistent with the recommendations of the Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel (P5) and the Particle Astrophysics Scientific Assessment Group (PASAG).
The wealth of new ideas demonstrated not only the vibrancy of the current efforts, but also the potential ability to continue to entice scientists throughout the world to come work with Fermilab and U.S. scientists.
The PAC listened to detailed design and physics potential reports from proponents. These reports covered plans for upgrades to the CMS detector, six topics at the cosmic frontier and four topics at the intensity frontier (with neutrinos, kaons and muons).
"The number and range of things to consider was so extensive that we had to skip most of the status reports, which are usually included to help keep the PAC members up-to-date on the ongoing research program," said Jeff Appel, PAC secretary.
The PAC is composed of senior scientists from universities and high-energy physics laboratories in the U.S. and abroad. The committee is a major source of advice to the director about the future direction of Fermilab's experiments and programs. Ever since Fermilab's early days, the PAC's recommendations and comments have offered insight into opportunities and issues important to members of the laboratory community.
Although PAC members had tough questions for the experimenters about why the projects are necessary now, why Fermilab is the best partner for them and how they complement current experiments at Fermilab and around the world, they appeared generally receptive to the proposals.
Researchers explained how Fermilab offers the unique capabilities and facilities needed for the experiments. They also noted that Fermilab's participation would enable large projects with substantial university collaboration that would not be possible otherwise.
The submissions to the laboratory and the charge to the PAC are available on the PAC Web site. Recommendations from the PAC will be posted soon.
— Tona Kunz