Friday, Oct. 7, 2011

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Friday, Oct. 7
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar
Speaker: Rajendran Raja, Fermilab
Title: Towards a Compensatable Muon Collider Calorimeter with Manageable Backgrounds

Monday, Oct. 10
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Surhad S. More, University of Chicago
Title: Galaxy-Dark Matter Connection: A Cosmological Perspective
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: SRF Cryomodule-2 Components Tested; T-1017 CIRTE – Iodine Threshold in COUPP
5:30 p.m.
Budker Seminar - Music Room in the Users' Center
Title: High Pressure Gas Filled RF Cavity Beam Test at the MuCool Test Area

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Friday, Oct. 7

- Breakfast: Chorizo burrito
- Smart cuisine: Chunky vegetable soup w/ orzo
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- Smart cuisine: Teriyaki pork stir-fry
- Honey mustard ham & Swiss panini
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Smart cuisine: Carved turkey

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

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- Roast pork w/ apples, cabbage & turnips
- Pumpkin pie w/ spiced cream

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Successful beam test brings a muon collider closer to reality

The beam pipe leading into the solenoid magnet, with the HPRF cavity installed in the MTA experimental hall. Photo: Yagmur Torun, R&D

A muon collider is closer to reality after a successful high-pressure hydrogen gas-filled RF (HPRF) cavity beam test at Fermilab. The test, conducted in the MuCool Test Area (MTA) at Fermilab by the MuCool collaboration, shows the beginnings of a practical solution to a difficult obstacle.

“This was years in the making,” said MTA coordinator Yagmur Torun. “This idea of using HPRF cavities for muon cooling was first proposed in the early 2000s.”

Muons, a heavier version of electrons, are elementary particles. They cannot break down into smaller components, like protons decaying into gluons and quarks. Muons have nearly 200 times the mass of electrons. Electrons would lose too much energy circling in an accelerator, while muons retain enough energy to reach collision speeds.

The problem is that the muons come into existence as a hot gas, which is much too large to fit through a conventional accelerator without beam cooling.

Read more

Ashley WennersHerron

Special Announcement

John Urban retires - today

John Urban

AD/RF's John Urban retires today after 26 years at Fermilab. A farewell celebration will take place today at The Claddagh in Genevea, IL at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon costs $18 and includes soft drinks, gratuity, tax and gift contribution. There will be a cash bar.

From Brookhaven Today

Physics phoenix: Plotting the journey of Muon g – 2

“There it is — the world’s most beautiful physics experiment,” says physicist Chris Polly from a metal footbridge that crosses over the 14-meter blue steel ring of Brookhaven National Laboratory’s muon g - 2 experiment, now being disassembled. A haze of dust hangs in the air above Polly and a handful of other physicists and engineers who’ve gathered together to help resurrect the $20-million machine by transporting it hundreds of miles to Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois.

The main component of the experiment, the largest-diameter superconducting magnet in the world, has lain dormant for 10 years in a spacious hall near Brookhaven’s Alternating Gradient Synchrotron (AGS). Until its last run in 2001, the muon g - 2 experiment tracked the irregular spin of muons in a magnetic field. This experiment was a precise test of the validity of the Standard Model — the reigning theoretical portrayal of how three of the known four forces (gravity excluded) govern the structure and behavior of all elementary particles.

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Emily Ruppel

In the News

CU-Boulder physics professor named Presidential Early Career Award winner

From the University of Colorado's newsroom, Sept. 27, 2011

A University of Colorado Boulder physics faculty member was among 13 U.S. Department of Energy researchers named by President Obama yesterday as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

CU-Boulder Assistant Professor Alysia Marino was honored for her accomplishments in the study of neutrino properties and the development of diagnostic tools that may be used to help design future neutrino beam facilities, as well as for her outstanding mentoring of graduate students. The PECASE award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists and engineers who are early in their independent research careers.

The 2011 DOE awardees were recognized for their efforts in a variety of fields, from research to help the nation achieve energy independence and enhance national security to explorations of the elementary particles in the universe.

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New “Energy” exhibition is seeking talented artists

Fermilab's art gallery is collaborating with two local galleries to artistically demonstrate energy; for example, these scientifically mapped bubble chamber tracks can appear artistically beautiful.

Georgia Schwender, curator of Fermilab’s art gallery, was volunteering at a local art show when she was approached by Lane Allen.

“Lane is a high-energy, dynamic person,” said Schwender. “He starts rattling off about energy and gives these thoughts about how it’d be a great idea to collaborate.”

Allen is the curator of the Gallery at Allen+Pepa Architects in downtown Batavia, Ill. The two talked with Steven Lockwood and Jim Kirkhoff of Water Street Studios, both of whom were also at the festival and just as eager to work together. From this conversation a plan was born.

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Brad Hooker

Special Announcement

Road A-1 paving - Oct. 10 & 11

Click the map to see the location of road construction. It's marked in hot pink.

From 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 10, and Tuesday, Oct. 11, A-1 Road will be closed for asphalt paving from the Training Center to the SiDet/Bubble Chamber. Follow the posted detour signs to C Road West for access in either direction. This work schedule could change due to weather conditions. For more information, please call x3303.

Photo of the Day

Follow the rainbow to the end

On Sept. 29, a rainbow appeared to the east of Eola on Batavia Road. Photo: Randolph Herber, CD
Special Announcement

Fermilab's flags at half-mast

The flags at Fermilab are lowered to half-staff whenever the president issues a proclamation or executive order requiring such. The flags are also lowered whenever the governor of Illinois issues a proclamation requiring the flag be displayed at half-staff because of the death of a present or former Illinois official or the death of a state citizen while serviing on active duty in the military.

The flags are currently lowered to honor Major Jeffrey Bland of Galesburg, Ill. They will remain at half-staff through the evening of Saturday, Oct. 8.


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