Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011

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Tuesday, Oct. 4
3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 5
2 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - WH11NE
Speaker: Sanjay Padhi, University of California, San Diego
Title: Is SUSY Still Alive? A CMS Perspective
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquim - One West
Speaker: George Sonneborn, NASA
Title: The James Webb Space Telescope: Science and Mission Status

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Tuesday, Oct. 4

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- Stuffed mushrooms
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- Baked potato
- Apple pie

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A bird's eye view of owl shift

The Main Control Room in the Accelerator Complex at Fermilab. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Editor’s note: Operators—the people who run the accelerators—work in three shifts throughout the day. There’s morning, evening and owl. Here’s a snapshot of a recent owl shift.

All was calm. The alarms were quiet, while the “All-Okay” alert sounded consistently.

The evening crew chief, Darren Crawford, and the owl crew chief, Dave Ifversen, chatted while passing the baton of monitoring the accelerators.

“No more double-dog dares,” Crawford said.

He recounted a previous shift where it seemed everything had gone wrong. When Ifversen took over the next shift, Crawford dared him that the owl shift would be nothing compared to what they had gone through that day. That night, a lightning strike knocked out the power.

“We can get a little superstitious,” Ifversen said. “No one is allowed to say it’ll be a calm or quiet shift.”

At the start of the shift, the crew worked in stretches of contented quiet, focused on their individual console monitors. The silence was punctuated by friendly quips.

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Ashley WennersHerron

Special Announcement

Construction in Wilson Hall

On Oct. 3, construction began on the Wilson Hall Atrium. By the end of the week, the west half of the atrium and the west stairs from the Atrium floor up will be closed. The stairs to the ground floor will remain open. This closure will continue through mid-January when crews will switch to working on the east side. The east side will remain closed until the end of May.

The construction will fill in the sunken area in the center of the Atrium to make the area safer. The trees will remain. Crews also will add safety cables along the outside of the stairs to prevent accidental falls.


Ray Green retires - Oct. 7

Ray Green

There will be a farewell gathering for Ray Green on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 11:30 a.m. in the Village barn.

Fermilab machine shop assistant Ray Green has stayed in one office for more than three decades. He retires on Oct. 7.

“I’ve worked in the same building for 32 years,” said Green, who works in the cut shop section of the village machine shop.

During that time, he repaired metal, made signs for the laboratory and created special parts for the physicists’ experiments. Green said the work was interesting, but he really enjoyed working with his colleagues over the years.

“Physicists are unique people. They love what they do, they practically live it,” Green said. “When they share something with you, you may not know what they’re talking about, but they are very excited about it.”

News that the Tevatron would shut down this fall was sad but not surprising now that CERN is up and running, he said.

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—Victoria Pierce

In the News

Last words

From Science News, Sept. 24, 2011

Tevatron’s data may have more to say, even after the atom smasher shuts down

The most powerful atom smasher in the United States will soon smash no more.

Known as the Tevatron, this 6.3-kilometer subterranean ring was once the biggest, baddest physics machine in the world. For 26 years it has been slamming together bits of matter and antimatter moving at nearly the speed of light. These violent collisions spit out new particles never before seen by humankind, revealing some of nature’s deepest secrets.

Yet for all its past achievements, the Tevatron’s time has come. Facing a tight budget, the U.S. Department of Energy will shutter the aged machine on September 30.

A more powerful machine will continue the task of probing the universe at ever-smaller scales: the Large Hadron Collider, or LHC, at CERN near Geneva.

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Director's Corner

Thank you, Fermilab

Fermilab director Pier Oddone applauds as the Tevatron slows to zero. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Friday was a bittersweet day. We said farewell to the machine that was the lifeblood of our laboratory for decades, celebrated its remarkable achievements and continued looking ahead to the coming results from the final data analysis. We saw how far the Tevatron’s legacy has reached, evidenced by the hundreds of articles noting its final shutdown published in news outlets around the world. Seeing former colleagues and reading comments left on our guestbook reminded us of what may be the Tevatron’s greatest legacy – the thousands of people who were trained on or simply inspired by the Tevatron and its experiments who have gone on to do great things.

Many thanks to all of the current and former Fermilab staff members, users, DOE program managers and members of the extended Fermilab family who traveled to the laboratory on Friday to celebrate the last beams in the Tevatron and the last collisions in CDF and DZero. Thanks to the more than 3,500 scientists, former staff members and science aficionados who joined the celebration remotely. You came together to give a remarkable set of machines a fitting send-off.

And thanks to every current and former member of the Fermilab staff, and every scientist who spent time on the Tevatron or one of its experiments, for making the historic Tevatron era possible.

Special Announcement

Reporting on-the-job training

As of Oct. 3, supervisors must describe on-the-job training (OJT) activities as part of the ITNA process for new, transferring or promoted employees. OJT is not required for current employees, unless there is a change in job function.

For more information about the new OJT process, contact your Quality Assurance Representative.


Chuck Serritella retires - Oct. 5

Chuck Serritella

There will be farewell gathering for Chuck Serritella today, at 3 p.m. in Lab 6 in the Village.

Chas Serritella’s needed a helping hand for a job at Fermilab in 1980. Serritella volunteered, and it wasn’t long before Serritella was working at the laboratory full time. He retires on Oct. 5.

One of the earliest projects Serritella worked on was installing the double magnets in the Tevatron.

“The Tevatron was a milestone,” he said. “It helped make the laboratory what it is.”

With the recent Tevatron shut down, Serritella opted to begin his retirement.

“It’s been a good ride,” said Serritella, who lives in Batavia. “I’m just going to stop working.”

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—Victoria Pierce

Accelerator Update

Sept. 28 to Oct. 3

- One store provided ~6.5 hours of luminosity to the CDF and DZero experiments
- NuMI switched their Horn polarity
- Helen Edwards terminated store 9158 and shut off the Tevatron forever
- Pbar stopped stacking antiprotons forever
Read the Current Accelerator Update
Read the Early Bird Report
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts


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