Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011

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Tuesday, Aug. 2
12 p.m.
Summer Lecture Series - Curia II
Speaker: Brenna Flaugher, Fermilab
Title: What We Can Learn From the Cosmos
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One west
Speaker: Jihn Kim, Seoul National University
Title: Weak and Strong CP, Axions, and DM
3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 3
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Rolland Johnson, Muons, Inc.
Title: Accelerators for Subcritical Molten-Salt Reactors

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Tuesday, Aug. 2

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In Memoriam

John Korienek - 41 years of exceptional contributions

John Korienek

Fermilab PPD employee John Korienek, 77, died on July 23, 2011.

John started at Fermilab on July 20, 1970, in the machine shop. In 1971, he transferred to the film analysis group of the Physics Department. It was there that he maintained the bubble chamber film scanning machines and built the manually operated measuring machine, accurate to one micron.

After Wilson Hall was completed, he disassembled the machines to fit in the elevators and re-assembled them on the ninth floor, along with the rest of his technician shop.

His efforts were instrumental in building numerous wire chamber winding machines, diamond-cutting plastic finishers and special machines too numerous to mention. He also made a large contribution to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey project.

Virtually every experiment at Fermilab has parts either made by John or made using his special machines. He was the guy to go to for novel solutions that required thinking out of the box.

John was eventually made group leader of what is now the Particle Physics Division’s technical centers machine development and maintenance group. Later he was also made group leader of the computer numerical control routing group.

His management style encouraged bringing out the best efforts of his crew. His friendly manner was appreciated by customers and his crew alike. John was an extraordinary fellow. We will miss him.

Carl Lindenmeyer, PPD

Photo of the Day

A moth in disguise - July 25

An imperial moth rests outside of the east booster gallery. Photo: Greg Vogel, AD/Controls
From ILC NewsLine

Power to the cryomodule

Cryomodule 1 is now firing on all eight cavities.

Cryomodule 1, Fermilab’s test cryomodule for ILC-type accelerating cavities and superconducting radiofrequency (SRF) technology, was powered up as a complete, multi-cavity instrument earlier this month. Previously, researchers had delivered power only to the individual cavities inside it.

“We’ve operated superconducting cavities before, but this is the next step in scale,” said Sergei Nagaitsev of Fermilab’s Accelerator Division. “Operating a single cavity in its own cryostat is comparable, but with a full cryomodule, the complexity goes up by an order of magnitude.”

Since the cool-down of CM1 last November, scientists and engineers have been busy installing the plumbing for power distribution, called waveguides; upgrading the water skid, which helps with the cooling of the high-power RF equipment; and taking data on each cavity’s accelerating gradient and quality factor, or Q. Researchers completed the cavity tests in June.

“The big question now is how this module performs compared to when the cavities were at DESY,” said Fermilab’s Elvin Harms.

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Leah Hesla

In the News

Moving forward with underground science in the US

From Black Hills Pioneer, July 31, 2011

The past month has marked very notable progress in creating a U.S. underground research facility and three very significant milestones were reached in four weeks.

On June 22 the Department of Energy's Office of Science Independent Assessment of Options for Underground Physics Experiments report was released.

It can be viewed here.

The Marx/Reichanadter Committee found the science compelling and very significant advantages in creating a single facility to house the DOE's physics projects of Long Baseline Neutrinos (LBNE), dark matter, and neutrinoless double beta decay.

“Given the scale of investment needed to carry out these experiments and the long timescales and likelihood of follow-on experiments in each of these areas of research, the committee recognizes there are major advantages to developing a common underground site for these experiments,” the report states.

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Director's Corner

A sigh of relief - for the moment

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone

The agreement to raise the debt ceiling has removed a specter that hung not only over the laboratory, but over all our lives. It has been difficult over the last weeks to take our minds off the struggles in the capital over reducing the federal deficit. Many of the old timers in Washington have suggested that these weeks have been the most difficult and polarized ever. We studied many financial “what if” scenarios for the laboratory, including the implications of a government default and the immediate actions we would have to take. It was not pretty and it is a relief that such things will not come to pass.

It is a fact, however, that there will be pressures on the budgets for all government-funded work until the deficit is reined in. The Budget Control Act of 2011 that was passed by the House of Representatives yesterday and is expected to pass in the Senate today places a cap on discretionary spending for FY2012 that is $24 billion above the limit already passed by the House of Representatives in its budget resolution. The House has passed six appropriation bills and three more have been marked by their respective subcommittees. In particular the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill has passed the House and it gives us an idea about the high energy physics budget for next year. It is extremely tight, but manageable. It would not require us to make deeper cuts in programs and personnel next year. Of course this is not the end of the story, as the Senate has yet to act on any of the appropriation bills. There are further uncertainties associated with the additional cuts required by the Budget Control Act. These cuts will be determined by a committee of 12 legislators (the “Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction”) and implemented before the end of the year.

The Budget Control Act contains a mechanism to insure that the additional cuts will be made on time. Once the Joint Committee proposes the legislation, it can only be voted up or down by the House and Senate, without any modification. Failure to reach a conclusion by the Joint Committee, or failure of their proposed legislation to pass in the House or Senate, would trigger automatic cuts to be pro-rated by formula. Unfortunately, we have to live with these uncertainties for the next several months. Fortunately, we have a lot of exciting work to keep our minds focused on our mission and off this subject.

Accelerator Update

July 29 - Aug. 1

- There were no stores due to the Tevatron cryo systems being in recovery mode
- Main substation brought back online
- Operators and accelerator personnel worked to recover all systems
- Beam established to NuMI, MiniBooNE and the Meson FTBF T-1008 experiments
- Controls problems stopped MTA from taking beam

Read the Current Accelerator Update
Read the Early Bird Report
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts


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