Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011

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Speaker: Ewa Rondio, CERN
Title: Non-LHC Physics Program at CERN

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Press Release

Fermilab scientist receives $2.5 million award

Alex Romanenko (left) and Lance Cooley with a superconducting radio frequency cavity. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Alex Romanenko, a materials scientist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, will receive $2.5 million from the Department of Energy’s Office of Science to expand his innovative research to develop superconducting accelerator components. These components could be applied in fields such as medicine, energy and discovery science.

Romanenko was named a recipient of a DOE Early Career Research Program award for his research on the properties of superconducting radio frequency cavities made of niobium metal. The prestigious award, which is given annually to the most promising researchers in the early stages of their careers, includes a $2.5 million award over five years to continue work in the specified area.

“Dr. Romanenko and his proposed research show great promise,” said Tim Hallman, associate director of the DOE’s Office of Science for Nuclear Physics. “We are pleased that he has been selected to receive an Early Career Research Program award to continue this work.”

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— Rhianna Wisniewski

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In the News

The Daya Bay reactor neutrino experiment begins taking data

From InterActions.org, Aug. 15, 2011

The Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment has begun its quest to answer some of the most puzzling questions about the elusive elementary particles known as neutrinos. The experiment's first completed set of twin detectors is now recording interactions of antineutrinos (antipartners of neutrinos) as they travel away from the powerful reactors of the China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group in southern China.

Neutrinos are uncharged particles produced in nuclear reactions, such as in the sun, by cosmic rays, and in nuclear power plants. They come in three types or "flavors" - electron, muon, and tau neutrinos - that morph, or oscillate, from one form to another, interacting hardly at all as they travel through space and matter, including people, buildings, and planets like Earth.

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In the News

Scientists in China detect neutrino in antimatter mystery

From Xinhua News, Aug. 15, 2011

Scientists in a lab with Daya Bay Nuclear Power Station in southern Guangdong Province have found neutrino through two detecting instruments, which is likely to provide clues to solving the mystery of why there is more matter than antimatter in the universe.

The Institute of High Energy Physics with the Chinese Academy of Sciences on Monday announced the breakthrough that was achieved by more than 250 researchers from six countries and regions.

The two neutrino detectors are installed underground 360 meters away from the nuclear plant at a depth of 100 meters.

Scientists believe that matter and antimatter were created in equal amounts during the Big Bang, but the disappearance of antimatter remains a mystery.

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Director's Corner

Division of Particles and Fields meeting 2011

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone

It is a special time in particle physics with many results from all areas of our field. There are many results from Fermilab, and we’re beginning to see the early data from the LHC. Hints on the Higgs that come from the LHC will be checked quickly, since the doubling time for the LHC data is only a couple of months - if that much. Many new results from the LHC were presented at the European Physical Society meeting three weeks ago. Those same results, with a few important updates, were presented this past week at the 2011 meeting of the American Physical Society’s Division of Particles and Fields (DPF).

About 500 registered participants attended DPF 2011, which was organized together with Brown University and took place in Providence, RI. It was the major particle physics conference in the United States this year, and included two important fora: Project X and Underground Physics.

The Forum on Project X was well attended. We reported on the project’s overall strategy, the accelerator design and the potential physics program, followed by a discussion with the participants. Project X and its program will be extensively discussed at the Physics at the Intensity Frontier Workshop, sponsored by the DOE, from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 in Washington, D.C.

The director of the Office of Science, Bill Brinkman, participated in the Forum on Underground Physics. The participants spoke about the National Research Council report, the Marx/Reichanachder report and the DOE’s plans for decisions from Brinkman.

For the moment, Fermilab and the Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment continue on the path we’ve laid. We need to determine the cost of the potential paths accurately, select the technology for LBNE and complete an integrated design. There is great expertise on the development of facilities at Homestake, as validated by the recent review carried out by NSF. The review committee was extremely complementary of the DUSEL Preliminary Design Report. This experience will be invaluable in quickly reaching a streamlined path that DOE can support.

Accelerator Update

Aug. 12-15

- Two stores provided ~47.75 hours of luminosity
- Linac gallery had a massive water leak
- Tevatron quenched twice

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