Friday, Sept. 16, 2011

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Friday, Sept. 16
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar - One West
Speakers: Costas Vellidis, Fermilab
Title: Measurement of the Cross Section for Prompt Isolated Diphoton Production at CDF

Saturday, Sept. 17
8 p.m.
Inca Son: Music & dance of the Andes - Ramsey Auditorium
Tickets $25/$13

Monday, Sept. 19
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: Recent Tevatron Accelerator Studies; FTBF Activity; MINOS Underground Areas Happenings

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Friday, Sept. 16

- Breakfast: Chorizo burrito
- Smart cuisine: Italian vegetable soup
- Chicken fajita sandwich
- Southern-fried chicken
- Smart cuisine: Mediterranean-baked tilapia
- Eggplant parmesan panini
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Assorted sub sandwiches

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- Southwestern beef & bean lasagna
- Gazpacho salad
- Tres leches cake

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Introducing the Illinois Accelerator Research Center

The Illinois Accelerator Research Center will provide approximately 42,000 square feet of new technical, office and classroom space.

For the past several weeks, Fermilab’s site has been bustling with construction activity. The work is all in preparation for the Illinois Accelerator Research Center, a state-of-the-art facility for research, development and industrialization of particle accelerator technology.

In the new facility, called IARC, scientists and engineers from Fermilab, Argonne and Illinois universities will work side by side with industrial partners to develop breakthroughs in accelerator technology and its applications in energy and environment, medicine, industry, national security and discovery science.

Located near CDF and the Industrial Building complex, a new building will house 42,000 square feet of technical, office and classroom space. The full facility, which will eventually include the refurbished CDF assembly building, will have areas for test accelerators, cryogenics infrastructure, temperature controlled workspaces, high capacity electrical power systems and industrial cooling water. The facility will be optimized for use by private industry and the development of advanced accelerator technology.

Serving as an educational center, IARC will help train the next generation of scientists and work with science programs at nearby universities to offer advanced educational opportunities in the field of accelerator science.

As part of the construction, Fermilab’s Road D and the bike path along Road D between Road B and the east Industrial Building/CDF intersection are closed to all traffic. Alternate routes have been established and a map is available online. Fermilab expects the road to be reopened by Sept. 30. The sidewalk and bike path will have modified detours until the second or third week of October.

Funding for IARC is provided by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of High Energy Physics. Fermilab expects to complete construction of the new building in 2013.

Elizabeth Clements

Special Announcement

FNA: A new hiking trail

Fermilab Natural Areas opened a new trail through restored oak-hickory savanna. The trail will be open year-round. Please visit the FNA website for more information.

In the News

The dark at the end of the tunnel?

From The Economist, Sept. 15, 2011

For more than a decade, physicists running an experiment called DAMA, about 1,400 metres under Gran Sasso, a mountain near L’Aquila in central Italy, have been fighting a lonely battle. They claim to have detected dark matter—an invisible substance thought to be five times as abundant as the familiar electrons, protons and neutrons of “ordinary” matter—but until a few months ago almost everyone else who runs similar experiments did not believe them. Now, those opponents are being won over. The latest converts are the members of the CRESST collaboration, also based at the Gran Sasso laboratory (the tunnel leading to which is pictured above). They said on September 6th that they, too, had data suggesting the existence of weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs), the objects of which dark matter is hypothesised to be composed.

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Special Announcement

Fermilab Art Series presents Inca Son - Sept. 17

The members of Inca Son performs music and dance from the Andes. Photo courtesey of Inca Son

This Saturday, Sept. 17, Fermilab Art Series will present Inca Son: Music and dance from the Andes at 8 p.m. This critically-acclaimed musical act performs music from the Andes of Peru, the home of their Inca ancestors. They also perform Latin American music and modern pop songs with a Andean flavor.

Inca Son includes a full band of musicians, as well as a company of dancers currently ranked as the National Peruvian Folkdance Champions.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $13 for those 18 years old or younger. For more information, please visit the Fermilab cultural events website.

From SLAC Today

Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope confirms puzzling preponderance of positrons

By finding a clever way to use the Earth itself as a scientific instrument, members of a SLAC-led research team turned the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope into a positron detector – and confirmed a startling discovery from 2009 that found an excess of these antimatter particles in cosmic rays, a possible sign of dark matter.

That earlier discovery by an instrument called PAMELA had set off a burst of speculation: Did the extra positrons – the antimatter mates of electrons – come from an astrophysical source, such as pulsars, or from a more exotic origin – the annihilation of dark matter particles? Both sources have their proponents. Pulsars are maelstroms of magnetic forces that are still not easily understood, and while dark matter particles are slippery customers, through gravity dark matter has had a big effect, shaping galaxies and influencing the structure of the universe.

The Fermi results, reported in a paper posted on a physics website and submitted to the journal Physical Review Letters, doesn’t settle the question of where the extra positrons came from. But they represent an important confirmation of the earlier results, and extend the observation to more energetic positrons than before.

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Lori Ann White


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