Friday, June 17, 2011

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Friday, June 17
11 a.m.
Special Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Mark Palmer, Cornell University
Title: Electron Cloud Studies at Ultra Low Emittance: The CESR Test Accelerator R&D Program
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Informal discussion
Title: T2K Result and Fermilab Neutrino Programs

Saturday, June 18
8 p.m.
Fermilab Arts Series - Ramsey Auditorium
Chicago Afrobeat Project
Tickets: $15/$8
*Free advance tickets for Fermilab employees, users and grad students available at box office

Monday, June 20
8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Blood Drive - WH Ground Floor NE Training Room
No appointment required
2:30 p.m.
Research Techniques Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Sunil Golwala, California Institute of Technology
Title: Applications of Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors for Cosmology
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topic: Special Topic: RFQ Delivery and the Proton Improvement Plan; CD – Service Desk

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Friday, June 17

- Breakfast: Chorizo burrito
- Smart cuisine: Chunky vegetable soup w/ orzo
- Buffalo chicken wings
- Cajun breaded catfish
- Smart cuisine: Teriyaki pork stir-fry
- Honey mustard ham & swiss panini
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Smart cuisine: Carved turkey

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Chez Leon

Friday, June 17

- Romaine, walnut & radish salad
- Veal w/ leek & Roquefort sauce
- Sauté of peas w/ tarragon
- Lemon-scented saffron rice
- White chocolate raspberry terrine

Wednesday, June 22
- Ancho-fired flank steak
- Roasted potatoes
- Maque choux
- Coconut cake

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Special Director's Corner

Self-select voluntary separation program

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone announced a self-select voluntary separation program at the All Hands meeting on Thursday, June 16. View the video online.

Yesterday I announced a self-select voluntary separation program that is being made available to regular employees to accomplish a necessary reduction in the size of the Fermilab staff. The program will bring laboratory operations into balance with the resources we expect for the next few years. It will also bring our workforce into balance with the skills required for future projects and programs.

The laboratory faces tight budgets as the federal government confronts large budget deficits. We have significantly reduced spending for materials and supplies, but a gap still remains in the funds for salaries, wages and benefits. In addition, the shutdown of the Tevatron at the end of September will accelerate the complex transition to the laboratory’s future scientific program. We will move as many employees as possible to jobs on new experiments and projects, but will still face a mismatch between our current workforce and what is needed for the future program. To bring our workforce into balance with future projects and available funding, we hope that 100 employees will apply for and be accepted into the SSVSP.

All regular Fermilab employees will be able to apply for the SSVSP. Once an employee has submitted an application, Fermilab management will decide whether to accept the request based on the requirements of the laboratory’s ongoing and future program. Criteria for acceptance will include the laboratory’s need for an employee’s skills taking into account retraining possibilities, the number of individuals with the required skills, whether or not the position will need to be filled following the departure of an employee, and documented individual performance.

More information on the program can be found on the SSVSP website. An SSVSP application package can be downloaded from the website or picked up from the Benefits office on the 15th floor of Wilson Hall or from the HR generalists.

Video from yesterday’s all-hands meeting is available online.

Photos of the Day

Kindergarten graduates

Children from the Fermilab Children's Center pose for a photo after their graduation from kindergarten. Photo: Katie Kosirog
Children attending the Fermilab Children's Center celebrate after their graduation from kindergarten. Photo: Fred Nobrega
In the News

Neutrino oscillations observed until earthquake shut down detector

From ars technica, June 16, 2011

Japan's Super-Kamiokande detector was constructed to look for proton decays, but back in 1998, it made history by spotting the first indications of flavor oscillations in neutrinos, in which one type of neutrino (a muon neutrino, for example) spontaneously converted to another type (such as an electron neutrino). This behavior indicated that, contrary to expectations, neutrinos had mass. Now, the detector has been repurposed as the receiving end of a neutrino beam, sent from 300km away, intended to probe this behavior in detail. Even as the earthquake that struck Japan knocked the neutrino source out of action, the experiment produced its first results, showing that muon neutrinos had converted to electron neutrinos on their journey across Japan.

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In the News

Cosmic smoothness

From Physics, June 13, 2011

On the largest distance scales, the distribution of galaxies appears to be clumpier than the standard cosmological model predicts.

The universe is expected to be very nearly homogeneous in density on large scales. In Physical Review Letters, Shaun Thomas and colleagues from University College London analyze measurements of the density of galaxies on the largest spatial scales so far—billions of light years—and find that the universe is less smooth than expected. If it holds up, this result will have important implications for our understanding of dark matter, dark energy, and perhaps gravity itself.

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From symmetry breaking

LHC experiments reach record data milestone

The ATLAS and CMS experiments have both accumulated 1 inverse femtobarn of data, an important milestone for both experiments. Image courtesy of CERN.

As of this week, the Large Hadron Collider has delivered one inverse femtobarn of integrated luminosity to ATLAS and CMS, two of the four experimental stations housed along the ring. This means the detectors will have gathered data from about 100 trillion proton-proton collisions. For comparison, the experiments collected just 45 inverse picobarns in all of 2010; one inverse femtobarn is equal to one thousand inverse picobarns.

Accelerator scientists promised one inverse femtobarn for the entire 2011 run, but met their goal just a few months after collisions began in March. The groups could see several more inverse femtobarns by the end of the year.

Scientists wasted no time analyzing the first few hundred inverse picobarns, and announced their findings at the Physics at LHC conference last week. With five times more data than they had in 2010, researchers have been able to set more stringent limits on new physics. They haven’t observed anything new just yet, but are beginning to explore uncharted territory.

“We spent 2010 rediscovering the Standard Model,” said Richard Hawkings, the deputy physics coordinator for the ATLAS experiment. “In 2011, we will push our detectors to the limit and make more precise measurements.”

Experimentalists have increased the sensitivity of the detectors to Standard Model processes, the events that account for much of the background signal in the hunt for new physics. Making the most precise measurements of these events could lead to an indirect hint of something new.

For example, the number of single top quarks scientists have spotted agrees well with what is predicted by the Standard Model, but with the new data they can begin to study the behavior between the top quark and the other, lighter quarks.

Despite finding no direct evidence of new physics, Hawkings says they have made significant inroads toward a discovery. “We’re closing in on supersymmetry,” he said. The data suggest that some of the theorized superparticles must have masses greater than 1 TeV, which narrows the window for observation. “We’ve looked through a lot of the space where supersymmetry could have been found, but there are still more corners to explore,” Hawkings said.

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— Lauren Rugani


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