Friday, June 24, 2011

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Friday, June 24
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Lisa Whitehead, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Title: Recent Results from MINOS

Monday, June 27
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Operating CM-1, an 8-cavity TESLA-Style Cryomodule; Achievements in Liquid Argon Electronics; GCC Power Outage

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Special Announcement

MINOS seminar today at 4 p.m.

MINOS collaborator Lisa Whitehead, Brookhaven National Laboratory, will give a Wine & Cheese seminar at 4 p.m. today in One West on the experiment's newest results. Streaming video for the talk will be available. Please note that the seminar presentation is geared toward particle physicists. A feature article on the result will appear in Monday's edition of Fermilab Today.

In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Anthony Caporelli

Tony Caporelli

Anthony (Tony) Caporelli, a journeyman maintenance electrician, died Monday, June 20, in a fatal car accident.

Although Caporelli started working with the Operations Department in Fermilab’s Facilities Engineering Site Services Section in March of 2009, his colleagues said that his easy manner, likable personality and can-do attitude made it seem like he’d been part of the group for much longer.

Before joining Fermilab, Caporelli was a journeyman electrician with Chicago I.B.E.W. Local 134 for 25 years, including 8 years as a Commonwealth Edison lineman and 6 years as a high voltage electrician at Argonne National Laboratory.

Caporelli was well versed in and employed the best trade safety, maintenance and repair practices in primary voltages from 13.8k volts to 4k volts and with secondary voltages from 480 to 24 volts. As such, his broad range of knowledge and experience with transformers, single and three phase motor controllers, variable frequency drives, lighting contactors, conduit and wiring practices was a great asset to the FESS/Ops maintenance group, and his loss will be sorely felt.

“Along with his technical expertise, I’ll miss Tony’s colorful stories and south-side delivery style,” said FESS/Ops Electrical Supervisor Lonnie Huitt. “He always told me how happy he was to be here, had a joke and good word for everyone.”

Visitation will take place from 3 to 9 p.m. today and a funeral will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Robert J. Sheehy & Sons Funeral Home, 9000 W. 151st St., Orland Park. The funeral will process to Our Mother of Good Counsel Church, where a 10 a.m. mass will take place. Interment will take place at Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Read the obituary here.

Greg Gilbert

Wellness Feature of the Month

July wellness, fitness, pool information and discounts

This month, the Wellness Office will sponsor the following free events:

  • Lunch & Learn: Ask the Farmer from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13, in WH2W, Curia II. What do molasses, yogurt, vinegar and ammonia have in common? They are all parts of the organic gardener’s tool caddy. Bill Scheffler from Pure Prairie Farm will teach you how to keep your family friendly garden growing full of flavor all season. Come with questions about your garden.
  • Qigong, Mindfulness & Tai Chi Easy® for Stress Reduction classes from 7 – 8 a.m. on Wednesdays in Ramsey Auditorium; and from noon – 12:45 p.m. on Fridays in Ramsey Auditorium.

Swimming Pool:

  • Pool membership cost: $90/person; $210 for a family of four; additional family members are $30.
  • Aqua Tots is a water acclimation class for ages 1-3. This class will take place from 10:45 – 11:15 a.m. Monday – Thursday, July 11-14 and July 18-21. Fee is $65 per child.
  • Preschool swim lessons for ages 3-4 will take place from 10-10:30 a.m. Monday – Thursday, July 11-14 and July 18-21. Fee: $65 per person.
  • Youth swim lessons for ages 5-12 will take place from 9-9:45 a.m. Monday – Thursday, July 11-14 and July 18-21. Fee: $65 per student.

Learn more about the pool and classes offered online.

Fitness Classes:

  • Kyuki-Do Martial Arts will take place from 5-6 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, Aug. 4 – Aug.10, at the Fitness Center. Fee: $55 per person.
  • Butts & Guts will take place from 12-12:45 p.m. on Thursdays, July 7 – Aug. 25, in the Fitness Center exercise room. Fee: $53 per person.
  • Muscle Toning will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 12 – Aug. 30, in the Fitness Center exercise room. Fee: $77 per person.

Athletic leagues:

  • Open Badminton takes place from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Wednesdays and 4 – 6 p.m. on Fridays at the gym. For more information contact Aaron Chou.
  • Ultimate Frisbee takes place beginning at 5 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Village soccer field. For more information contact Joe Haley.

Employee discounts:

Six Flags Great America,, Jazzercise, Movie Tickets, Great Wolf Lodge, Rosati’s of Batavia. More information online.

Photos of the Day

Fun with Mr. Freeze and the fire department at DASTOW

Fermilab’s Jerry Zimmerman, also known as Mr. Freeze, performs his cryogenics show for children during this year’s bring your daughter and sons to work day on June 23. Photo: Cindy Arnold
A firefighter helps a young girl put out a fire using a fire hose. The activity was part of a demonstration on fire prevention and safety held during DASTOW on June 23. More images of the DASTOW events are available online. Photo: Cindy Arnold
CMS Result

Intellectual cross pollination

Today’s result is a prime example of the fertile intellectual collaboration between the Tevatron and LHC research programs. Scientists working at both laboratories ensure that the best Tevatron experience is transported to the CMS research program.

The press sometimes likes to make a big deal about the competition between the LHC and the Tevatron. It makes for a great narrative and there is even a modicum of truth to it. However, this simplified story misses a very important point and that is, while the laboratories are two distinct entities, the people are not. For instance, I am a member of both the Tevatron DZero and the LHC CMS collaborations and I’m not unusual.

Today’s result describes a study in which photons are produced at the same time as either a W or Z boson. These types of events are interesting because they are sensitive to trilinear gauge boson couplings (TGCs). This particular type of physics is certainly a mouthful, but in essence, it describes how the photon, W and Z bosons, interact with each other. The Standard Model makes very specific predictions on these kinds of interactions and if more of these types of events were observed than expected, this would be a clear signature of a discovery. CMS’ measurement was consistent with Standard Model predictions and extended earlier restrictions on theories predicting new physics.

Avid readers of the Tevatron Result of the Week will perhaps remember seeing several articles (for instance here, here, here and here) describing similar DZero measurements. Professor Yurii Maravin was a leader on these DZero measurements and is now bringing his expertise to CMS. This sort of intellectual cross pollination is a contributing reason to why the LHC experiments have enjoyed the success that they have. There is a danger that comes with having the same people on both experiments, which is the possibility of having blinders, of using only the same techniques and thereby missing something big. However, while some of the physicists have worked on collider experiments at both laboratories, many have not. This combination of experience and fresh eyes ensures that physicists will be able to both creatively and efficiently exploit the CMS data goldmine.

-- Don Lincoln

These physicists contributed to this analysis.
These U.S. physicists, in collaboration with their foreign colleagues, are adapting an algorithm called particle flow to be used to do a better job identifying photons. This effort may yield substantial improvements compared to existing photon identification methods.

CMS reaches 2011 goal for recorded luminosity

This week the CMS detector recorded more luminosity in a single fill than it had in all of 2010. CMS recorded 46.3 inverse picobarns on Tuesday, June 21. The detector recorded 43.17 inverse picobarns in all of 2010. On June 17, the CMS detector reached the milestone of accumulating 1 inverse femtobarn, reaching the LHC goal for all of 2011 after just three months of running. Image copyright CERN.
In the News

Underground lab getting a new parent with the Energy Department?

From Nature News Blog, June 23, 2011

DUSEL, the underground lab proposed for the Homestake mine in South Dakota, was orphaned by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in December, when its advisory board balked at the huge costs of building and operating the lab. On Tuesday, physicists advising the Department of Energy (DOE) learned what it would cost if their agency were to become the surrogate parent.

Jay Marx of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena presented the advisory panel with the results of a committee charged with evaluating the costs of the DOE going it alone at Homestake.

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