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From Quantum Diaries

Ever wonder why the Tevatron is such a big deal?

Aerial view Fermilab‘s Tevatron Accelerator Complex. These images were taken around the big pool of water, in the center of the Tevatron Ring. Photo courtesy of symmetry

Really though, have you? To date, it has not discovered the higgs boson, or Supersymmetry, or any kind of new physics. In fact, all the Tevatron has done since 1987 was find Standard Model physics. Though, that is my point.

The Tevatron, for the past 24 years, has done everything to prove that the idiotic, nonsensical, and just plain weird idea that all of matter is composed of quarks & leptons (plus some bosons) is actually correct. Of course CERN’s Large Electron Positron is due its respect for confirming the Standard Model first through precision measurements, however, the Tevatron set the thing in stone. Over the past decades, many, many clever physicists have tried to modify the Standard Model by introducing new particles, new interactions, new particles & new interactions, but one-by-one they have been shot down. In my opinion, the Tevatron will always be known as The Standard Model Factory.

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—Richard Ruiz

Save the Date

Reminder: Tevatron shutdown event - Sept. 30

On Friday, Sept. 30, the Tevatron will shut down for the last time after 28 years of operation at the frontiers of particle physics.

All employees and users are invited to watch a broadcast of the activities that will take place in the CDF and DZero control rooms and in the Main Control Room as the collider and experiments are shut down. Fermilab Director Pier Oddone will host the broadcast, which will begin at 2 p.m. Employees are invited to watch the broadcast from Ramsey Auditorium or online.

A lab-wide party in celebration of the Tevatron will take place from 3-5 p.m. in Wilson Hall and the surrounding area. More information and details will soon be available online.


Flu vaccination sign-up

Sign up for both high risk vaccinations (administered Oct. 4) and general vaccinations (administered Oct. 11 and Oct. 13) will be available via the ES&H website as well as the ES&H Medical website on today. You must sign up in order to receive your vaccination.

In the News

Underground detectors close in on elusive neutrinos

From Laboratory Equipment,
Sept. 19, 2011

A multi-nation team designed and built eight detectors to record interactions of anti-neutrinos in the hopes of finding the elusive θ13neutrino, key to further understanding matter.

The Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment is a multinational particle physics project studying neutrinos. It is located about 50 km north of Hong Kong and includes researchers from China, the U.S., Taiwan, and the Czech Republic. The experiment’s first completed set of twin detectors is now recording interactions of anti-neutrinos as they travel away from the six nuclear reactors of the China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group.

Neutrinos are uncharged particles produced in nuclear reactions, such as in the sun, by cosmic rays, and in nuclear power plants.

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In the News

Real-life 'Star Wars' planet seen

From MSNBC's Cosmic Log,
Sept. 15, 2011

Planet-hunters say they've detected the first world that's absolutely known to circle two stars, like Luke Skywalker's home planet Tatooine in the fictional "Star Wars" saga.

"Once again, what used to be science fiction has turned into reality," said Carnegie Institution astronomer Alan Boss, a member of the team for NASA's Kepler mission and a co-author of a paper on the discovery in the journal Science.

To mark the occasion, NASA invited John Knoll of Industrial Light and Magic, the special-effects company behind the "Star Wars" movies, to sit in on today's announcement. "When I was a kid, I didn't think it was going to be possible to make discoveries like this," Knoll told journalists.

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Director's Corner

Safety: More than numbers

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone

With the close of the fiscal year approaching, it is important for us to understand any significant trends in our safety performance. Looking at the numbers is the only way to discern trends. Whenever we do that, however, we run the risk of taking our attention off of what is really important: our people and the customs that sustain a strong safety culture.

The first important statistic is that we are reporting well, from the minor incidents requiring only first aid to the more serious injuries requiring days away from work or work restrictions (DART cases). The reporting of all injuries is an important part of our culture as it is easier to see overall trends and developing problems before more serious safety issues arise.

Our overall performance in FY2011 has been very good. To understand how we are doing, we compare this year’s numbers to the average of the previous four years. These numbers include employees, contractors and users. We have had five DART cases for the year, which is better than the average of eight DART cases over the previous four years. However, this is within statistical fluctuations. Of these five cases, three were due to slipping on ice, including the most serious accident that required surgery and more than two months away from work. To prevent serious injuries like this one, it is within our collective power to pay special attention during the many months of inclement weather. Let’s not wait for global warming to improve this statistic!

For FY2011, we have had 20 reportable cases (TRC), including the five DART cases. The TRC rate includes injuries that did not involve work restrictions but required more than first aid, such as prescription drugs or sutures to close cuts. This rate is again below the average of the last four years (22) but not by much. Of the 15 recordable cases that were not DART cases, 10 were lacerations and simple fractures, emphasizing the need for protective equipment, awareness of dangers in all manual activities and proper planning before working, no matter how simple a task seems.

For FY2011, we had 66 cases requiring only first aid. From the statistics above you could almost predict what the largest categories of first aid would be: slips, trips and falls (26) and minor lacerations, scratches and abrasions (20). The other significant category of first aid was stings(14), which seldom become more serious.

I write about these numbers because they give us a very clear idea of where each of us needs to improve. We pay a lot of attention to very dangerous activities and generally protect ourselves well from them. What causes most of our injuries are distractions leading to slips and falls or cuts and abrasions on manual activities. We can all work to improve in these areas - at work and at home.

Accelerator Update

Sept. 16-19

- Five stores provided ~43.75 hours of luminosity
- Pbar debuncher kicker pulsing problem fixed
- The MiniBooNE horn tripped off
- Store 9131 aborted due to a problem with the C3 dump
- Store 9135 quenched due to a kicker prefire

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


Latest Announcements

Commemorative t-shirts on sale in Wilson Hall - Sept. 26-30

Argentine Tango in Ramsey Auditoium - Sept. 21

Jabber IM users: Change in login - Sept. 22

Fermilab Lecture Series presents "The LHC Voyage of Discovery" - Sept. 23

Bohr and Heisenberg at Elgin Arts Theatre - through Sept. 25

Visa Office closure - Sept. 26-30

Introduction to LabVIEW course - Sept. 27

Special Tevatron Chez Leon Dinner - Sept. 29

August blood drive - 75 units collected

OrgPlus URL change

Web query (crystal reports) server name change

Weight Watchers at work

Accelerate to a Healthy Lifestyle Program continues

Athletic leagues: Outdoor soccer Tuesdays and Thursdays

Bowlers wanted for 2011/2012 bowling season

Open badminton

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