Fermilab Today Thursday, May 13, 2010

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Thursday, May 13
2 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Comitium (NOTE DATE, TIME, LOCATION)
Speaker: Takada Masahiro, IPMU, Japan
Title: Subaru Weak Lensing Study of X-Ray Luminous Clusters
2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: George Fleming, Yale University
Title: Three Years of Lattice Strong Dynamics: Have We Learned Anything Yet?
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Juergen Dietrich, Research Center Juelich - Nuclear Physics Institute
Title: Status of the 2 MeV Electron Cooler for COSY Juelich

Friday, May 14
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Guennadi Borrisov, Lancaster Universityv Title: Evidence for an Anomalous Like-Sign Dimuon Charge Asymmetry

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Users' Meeting highlights results, looks to the future

Fermilab's 2010 Users' Meeting takes place June 2-3

This year's annual Users' Meeting will feature recent experiment results, talks about the laboratory's future plans and physics updates from Washington, D.C. and around the world. The meeting, which will take place Wednesday, June 2, and Thursday, June 3, will provide Fermilab employees and users a chance to learn more about global physics projects and plans for experiments at Fermilab.

All Fermilab employees are invited to attend.

Talks by graduate students will also take place at the meeting. Meeting organizers will choose student talks based on nominations from the student's advisor. Nominations must be sent by May 15 to GRADTALKS2010@fnal.gov.

Fermilab's Graduate Student Association will also hold their annual New Perspectives conference on June 1.

"It has been a great year. We've had a lot of excitement in the users' community," said Ron Moore, chair of the Users' Executive Committee. "We're looking forward to great presentations on a variety of physics topics including presentations on the Tevatron's current run, the startup of new experiments, such as CMS and MINERvA, and proposed future experiments, such as a neutrino factory, Muon Collider and Project X."

Other talk topics include Higgs searches, top quark measurements, heavy flavor physics, neutrino results from MINOS and MiniBooNE, dark matter searches and talks on the Intensity, Cosmic and Energy Frontiers.

This year's highlights also include lectures by: Department of Energy Under Secretary for Science Steve Koonin, Deputy Director of the Office of Science for High Energy Physics Dennis Kovar and Rep. Bill Foster (D-Il). The GSA poster session will take place during the banquet on Wednesday, June 2.

A public lecture will take place at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, in Ramsey Auditorium given by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. Tickets for the public lecture are free, but must be reserved. Secure tickets by contacting the Fermilab Box Office, 630-840-ARTS.

Registration for the meeting is free. The Festa Italiana will take place in Kuhn Barn Wednesday evening following Secretary of Energy Steven Chu's lecture.

-- Rhianna Wisniewski

From DOE

Letter from Under Secretary of Energy

Dear Colleagues,

National Lab Day is this Wednesday, May 12, and I write to encourage and thank you for taking part in this important effort.

National Lab Day is a nationwide effort to connect teachers and students with their local scientists, engineers, and mathematicians with the purpose of increasing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) literacy and improving K-12 science learning experiences. At the Department of Energy, we understand the value of this effort and know that educating and training the next generation of scientists, engineers, and other STEM professionals is critical to solving many of our Country's challenges.

Read the full letter (pdf)

In the News

Scientists seeking NSF funding will soon be required to submit data management plans

From Science Blog, May 10, 2010

During the May 5 meeting of the National Science Board, National Science Foundation (NSF) officials announced a change in the implementation of the existing policy on sharing research data. In particular, on or around October, 2010, NSF is planning to require that all proposals include a data management plan in the form of a two-page supplementary document. The research community will be informed of the specifics of the anticipated changes and the agency's expectations for the data management plans.

The changes are designed to address trends and needs in the modern era of data-driven science.

"Science is becoming data-intensive and collaborative," noted Ed Seidel, acting assistant director for NSF's Mathematical and Physical Sciences directorate. "Researchers from numerous disciplines need to work together to attack complex problems; openly sharing data will pave the way for researchers to communicate and collaborate more effectively."

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Result of the Week

A tale of Z's and b's

This analysis involves the fraction of a particular type of events that contain bottom quarks. The green slice represents this fraction and it is a very tiny slice of pie.

By studying certain phenomema, DZero physicists can understand the internal structure of the proton. Learning more about the quantum realm helps us understand where to search for undiscovered particles. Today's measurement involved a study of collisions in which a Z boson was created with a jet. Jets are a spray of particles. This spray is the debris that occurs when a quark or gluon is knocked out of a proton in the beam.

This particular type of collision involves the strong force and the electroweak force, so it is the sort of collision that strengthens our understanding of the quantum realm. Because the Z boson is a particle that mediates the weak force events of this type are very rare.

DZero physicists sought the fraction of these jets that were initiated by a bottom quark that was created in the collision. These bottom quarks could have been knocked out of the proton or created from pure energy in the collision process. Bottom quarks are rarely created in collisions in the Tevatron, so this kind of study looks at an even smaller portion of the collisions with Z bosons and jets, which itself is a tiny fraction of the number of collisions. The fraction of events with a Z boson and a jet initiated by a bottom quark is a mere 2 percent.

This measurement can also help DZero physicists in the search for the Higgs boson. One way we search for the Higgs is by looking for events in which a Higgs boson might be created at the same time as a Z boson. Since we believe that the Higgs is likely to decay predominantly into two bottom quarks, we search for events in which we can find a Z boson and two bottom quarks.

While scientists are not positive the Higgs boson exists, a lot of indirect evidence says it does. One thing we do know is that if the Higgs boson does exist, it is very difficult to produce (or else we would have seen it already). Since any search for the Higgs boson must take into account its rarity, we need to understand the ordinary ways in which Z bosons can be made in conjunction with bottom quarks. Otherwise we could be swamped by much more common, but ordinary, events. In the best traditions of science, this is a measurement that is both interesting in its own right and can provide crucial information for others. Not a bad day's work.

- Don Lincoln

ROW photo
These physicists from the State University of New York, Buffalo, have spearheaded this useful analysis.
Fermilab's Mike Diesburg is single-handedly responsible for processing all of DZero's raw data and converting it into a format from which other physicists can begin to make measurements.
Accelerator Update

May 10-12
- Four stores provided ~43.25 hours of luminosity
- NuMI Lambertson magnet power supply repaired
- NuMI accesses

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