Friday, Sept. 30, 2011

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Friday, Sept. 30
2 p.m.
Tevatron Shutdown Broadcast - Ramsey Auditorium
3 p.m.
Lab-wide party

Monday, Oct. 3
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Comitium
Speaker: Johannes M. Oberreuter, University of Amsterdam
Title: Multiple Problems with Multiple Sectors in Supergravity
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: irst Operation of the Liquid Argon Purity Demonstrator (LAPD); JASMIN Results and Plans

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Friday, Sept. 30

- Breakfast: Chorizo burrito
- New England clam chowder
- Carolina burger
- Tuna casserole
- Smart cuisine: Dijon meatballs over noodles
- Bistro chicken & provolone panini
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Carved top round of beef*
*Carb-restricted alternative

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, Oct. 5
-Beef Daube w/ buttered noodles
- Chocolate amaretto cake

Friday, Oct. 7
- Stuffed mushrooms
- Barbecue ribs
- Cole slaw
- Baked potato
- Apple pie

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Special Announcement

Tevatron shutdown,
lab-wide party today

The Tevatron shuts down today, after 28 years of operation. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Fermilab will shut down the Tevatron this afternoon for the last time. A broadcast of the event will begin at 2 p.m. CDT. Fermilab staff and users can watch the broadcast in Ramsey Auditorium. The broadcast will also be available online.

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone will host the broadcast, which will feature the shutdown in the Main Control Room, and the CDF and DZero control rooms.

A lab-wide party will follow the broadcast. The party will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. in Wilson Hall and the surrounding area.

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Tevatron finishes strong, has second best week ever

On its final day of running, Fermilab's Tevatron had it's second-highest number of collisions in a single week, or 75.447 inverse picobarns.


DOE grants MicroBooNE
third-stage approval

The MicroBooNE experiment will feature a 33-foot-long neutrino detector, the largest of its kind in America.

The MicroBooNE neutrino experiment at Fermilab has received Critical Decision 2-3a approval from the Department of Energy, the third stage of the four-stage DOE approval process prior to construction. CD 2-3a authorizes the MicroBooNE collaboration to make purchases of construction items that require a long lead time, such as cryogenic systems. Full approval to start construction is planned for 2012.

“It feels great to be at this point,” Yale physicist and MicroBooNE spokesperson Bonnie Fleming said about the approval, which followed a thorough DOE review of the MicroBooNE project plans about a month ago. “We were well prepared for the review, and we were commended for the work we had done. We were given very few recommendations.”

The MicroBooNE experiment is one of several construction jobs to take place at Fermilab in the next couple of years.

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Kurt Riesselmann

From CERN Courier

From the Tevatron to Project X

As the Tevatron era ends, Pier Oddone looks at past success, as well as future promise, at Fermilab.

The end of September marks the end of an era at Fermilab, with the shut down of the Tevatron after 28 years of operation at the frontiers of particle physics (CERN Courier March 2011 p5). The Tevatron's far-reaching legacy spans particle physics, accelerator science and industry. The collider established Fermilab as a world leader in particle-physics research, a role that will be strengthened with a new set of facilities, programmes and projects in neutrino and rare-process physics, astroparticle physics and accelerator and detector technologies.

The Tevatron exceeded every expectation ever set for it.

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Pier Oddone


Operations: A way of life

On July 23, current and former operators celebrated 40 years of operations. Photo: Reidar Hahn

A steady, consistent beep is the soundtrack of the Main Control Room in Fermilab’s accelerator complex. The metronomic resonance, not unlike a submarine, is reassuring to those who know it best: The operators. The regular tone signals that all is well with the 10 accelerators maintained, and often improved, by the Accelerator Division at Fermilab. But when the monotonous pitch is interrupted by any one of several alerts, the operators leap into action – even in the middle of the night.

Operators – the men and women who keep the accelerators running – work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Four crews rotate through three shifts every weekday, with two 12-hour shifts on Saturday and Sunday. The weekday shifts are split into day, evening and owl. Every shift is different.

At the basic understanding of their job, operators run the accelerators. But it goes further than that. Not only do they send beam to whichever experiment needs it at the moment, they also provide constant care for the accelerators. The accelerators can be brought down by storms, heat, electrical surges and even frogs.

Operators work in unique conditions.

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Ashley WennersHerron

Video of the Day

Particle physics visualized

Fermilab scientist Rob Snihur and Maria Scileppi, a local multimedia artist, collaborated to turn themselves into colliding particles. Using GPS technology, they rode their bikes around the Main Ring and tracked their progress in this tribute to the Tevatron.
Accelerator Update

Tevatron - Sept. 30

These are some recollections by operators, or people who were operators, about the Tevatron. They show how close people can become to a machine, its installation, operation, innovation and obstacles. It's a love-hate relationship. Operators remember their mistakes and successes, and the challenges they faced to get the Tevatron up and keep it running. Today the machine is turning off and so the challenges go with it into history. The Tevatron will be missed.

Please click here to read the full remarks.

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