Tuesday, July 26, 2011

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U.S.-India agreement bolsters Project X proposal

On July 19, Fermilab physicist C. Shekhar Mishra (left) explained superconducting radio-frequency technology to Dr. Anil Kakodkar, former Chairman of the Indian Atomic Energy Commission (second from left) and Mrs. Kakodkar (center). Dr. Kakodkar was a strong proponent of collaboration between Fermilab and Indian institutions during his tenure at the IAEC. Photo: Reidar Hahn.

Plans for a new high-intensity proton accelerator research complex at Fermilab received a significant boost from an agreement signed last week between the United States and India to further discovery science. Fermilab and Indian laboratories and universities will now take the next steps in cooperative research and development for next-generation particle accelerator and detector technologies for the proposed research complex, dubbed Project X. The agreement was announced July 25 by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), which funds Fermilab.

“This agency-level agreement strengthens the ongoing collaboration between Fermilab and Indian institutions on the joint development of accelerator technologies for Project X,” said Fermilab Director Pier Oddone “It will form the basis for finalizing the discussions between Fermilab and Indian institutions, laying a path for the Indian Department of Atomic Energy to become a major partner in Project X construction and experiments at Fermilab.”

Fermilab’s strong partnership with Indian institutions in particle physics research dates back to 1986. Agreements between Indian institutions and Fermilab for cooperative R&D work on accelerator and detector technologies began in 2006. This week’s agreement takes this collaboration to the government agency level. Officials from DOE and the Indian Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) signed the agreement last Tuesday in New Delhi.

“The Indian Department of Atomic Energy and Fermilab have been collaborating in the area of high-energy and accelerator physics since several years. The collaboration dates back to January 2006 when the first Memorandum of Understanding between U.S. universities and Indian universities for collaboration in R&D for accelerator and high-energy physics was signed,” said DAE Secretary Srikumar Banerjee.

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The Education Office's Nancy Lanning retires after 22 years

Nancy Lanning poses after giving a tour. Photo courtesy of the Education Office

Nancy Lanning is curious. In 1988, she met a Fermilab scientist. She peppered him with questions until he suggested that if she wanted to know more, she could call the laboratory. Lanning picked up the phone and, a short time later, started her 22-year career at Fermilab. She retires today.

“When I got here, the collider programs were still young. CDF had just started, and DZero was just being built. You could climb a ladder and walk into the detector since they hadn’t installed sensitive materials yet,” Lanning said.

Lanning utilized her elementary-education degree and her natural knack for teaching as a tour guide after her family moved to Illinois. She started volunteering as a tour guide out of what was then called the Office of Public Affairs (now the Office of Communication). In 1995, Lanning joined the Education Office. At Fermilab, her title changed from public information specialist to education program associate, but her mission stayed the same — to learn and help others learn.

“The tours followed Nancy to our office. She may know more people at Fermilab than any other employee," said Marge Bardeen, the Education Office manager. "Nancy has a talent for matching the interests of tour groups and scientists."

Lanning contributed to the growth of the Education Office.

“We became part of Fermilab culture,” Lanning said. She praises her colleagues as always willing to answer her many questions.

“She knows people, and she knows how to make connections,” Bardeen said. “Nancy is very generous. She’ll pitch in wherever she’s needed. We’re really going to miss her.”

Lanning stepped up to help reinvigorate Fermilab’s popular “Ask a Scientist” program in the early 2000s.

“Nancy carried our move to the Lederman Science Center and then back to Wilson Hall,” said Peter Garbincius, founder of “Ask a Scientist” and head of Fermilab’s Office of Program and Project Support. “I would find our scientists to answer the public’s questions, and Nancy would arrange anything else that needed arranging.”

Now, they split things more evenly, but Garbincius credits a lot of the success of the program’s current format to Lanning.

“She’s enthusiastic,” Garbincius said. “She’s an ideas person, and she’s energetic. When Nancy wants something, she goes after it until she gets it.”

Some things were easier to grasp than others. Lanning first heard of email at Fermilab.

“I couldn’t figure it out — how could a computer at CERN communicate with a computer at Fermilab?” she said, smiling. “I learned a lot here. After all, that’s what we do at Fermilab. We learn.”

To celebrate her retirement, there is a coffee break in Lanning’s honor today from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the 15th floor south crossover of Wilson Hall.

“We wish her well,” Bardeen said on behalf of the Education Office. "And we thank her for all of the help she’s provided to the thousands of people who’ve come to Fermilab.”

Ashley WennersHerron

In the News

Asymmetric quarks defy standard model of physics

From Nature News July 23, 2011

Particle collisions hint at existence of undiscovered gluon.

Newly released observations of the top quark — the heaviest of all known fundamental particles — could topple the standard model of particle physics. Data from collisions at the Tevatron particle accelerator at Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois, hint that some of the top quark's interactions are governed by an as-yet unknown force, communicated by a hypothetical particle called the top gluon. The standard model does not allow for such a force or particle.

The results, presented today at the Europhysics Conference on High-Energy Physics in Grenoble, France, could help researchers to understand the origins of mass. According to one theoretical interpretation, a top quark bound by to its anti-matter partner, the antitop, would act as a version of the elusive Higgs boson, conferring mass on other particles.

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Director's Corner

Overview of an important week

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone

A number of important events occurred last week. On Monday, the Honorable Chaka Fattah visited the laboratory, accompanied by Bill Brinkman and DOE staff.

Rep. Fattah is a senior member of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee. A devoted public servant, Rep. Fattah has represented Pennsylvania in Washington since 1983.

His visit gave us an opportunity to tour the laboratory, showing him some of the experiments and facilities. We also had a lively discussion about our plans and needs for the future. We are very appreciative to Rep. Fattah for taking the time to visit the laboratory during this very arduous time in Washington.

On Thursday, we had a full-day visit with the former Secretary of the Indian Department of Atomic Energy, Dr. Anil Kakodkar. He is a strong supporter of our collaboration with India on superconducting Radio Frequency technology and the proposed Project X. Dr. Kakodkar is a prominent nuclear engineer and a firm believer in the need for high-intensity accelerators for thorium reactors. Dr. Kakodkar described himself as “now free as a bird” since he retired as Secretary of DAE – which I found quite amusing as he is still the chairman of the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai, a member or chairman of 23 other board of directors and a member of five government commissions. It’s all the more impressive that he found the time as the Secretary of Atomic Energy to personally promote the collaboration of several Indian national laboratories with Fermilab.

Also on Thursday, the European Physical Society meeting on High Energy Physics (EPS-HEP2011) started in Grenoble, France. This has been a much-anticipated meeting, with new results from experiments across the world, including many results from the LHC, the Tevatron, neutrino physics and dark matter searches. Most prominent are the first reports from the LHC on the more than one inverse femtobarn of accumulated luminosity, more than 30 times that of last year. This was the first opportunity for a real shot at discovering new physics at the LHC, such as the simpler versions of supersymmetry. But at this stage: no cigar yet - nature does not give up its secrets easily. The hundreds of measurements performed do not hint of new physics, except in the searches for the Higgs boson. Physicists saw an excess of events in some specific channels. The evidence for the Higgs is not yet conclusive but, with the LHC sensitivity across a broad range of masses and the Tevatron sensitivity in a limited range at low masses, the evidence will become conclusive in the next year. We will either find the Higgs or rule it out in the entire range of possible masses. Prominent theorist Guido Altarelli summarized the situation in his talk on the present state of affairs. He said as, “The Higgs comes closer, New Physics is pushed further away.” Of course it is much too early to tell what the physics landscape really is. The LHC will collect 3,000 times more luminosity at twice the energy before it is done, exploring a huge new territory, keeping us on the edge of our seats for a long time to come!

In Memoriam

John S. Toll dies at 87; Led Stony Brook University

From The New York Times, July 18, 2011

Dr. John S. Toll in 1968. Photo: Meyer Liebowitz/The New York Times

Editor's note: John Toll was the president of the Universities Research Association (URA) from Dec. 1989 to 1994. The URA was DOE's primary contractor for the creation and operation of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory from 1967 to 2006.

John S. Toll, a physicist and educator who was president of Stony Brook University on Long Island during the public university building boom of the Rockefeller years, overseeing its transition from a state college with 1,700 students to a major research institution with an enrollment of 17,000, died on Friday in Bethesda, Md. He was 87.

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Lightning in the morning

Lightning strikes near the SRF Test Facility at the New Muon Lab in the early morning on Friday, July 22. Photo: Marty Murphy, AD.
Accelerator Update

July 22-25

- Four stores provide ~28.2 hours of luminosity
- Lightning strikes caused the loss of stores 8912 and 8923
- NuMI magnet V108 had six high-voltage cables, out of 16, grounded together, and they must be replaced
- Lightning tripped off equipment and systems everywhere
- Hoses for MiniBooNE quadrupole magnet (Q847) found clogged

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