Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011

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Tuesday, Nov. 8
3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 9
1:30 p.m.
Special Particle Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Stephen Leman, MIT
Title: Searching for the Universe, from an Iron Mine
3:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, Nov. 8

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In Memoriam

J. Ritchie Orr - Nov. 3

Rich Orr

Rich Orr, former Fermilab associate director, died on Thursday, Nov. 3. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne.

Orr started at Fermilab as a physicist in 1970, after receiving a Ph.D. in physics at the University of Washington. He participated in the construction of the Meson Lab in the early 1970s, and he eventually became the project manager for the Tevatron. During his career, Orr worked in several different Fermilab departments.

"There was hardly a job at Fermilab that Rich didn't do at one time or another," said John Peoples, former Fermilab director.

No matter what task he was tackling, Orr handled it with poise.

“Rich was just great,” said Peter Limon, a retired Fermilab physicist who was hired by Orr in 1972. “He knew how to keep calm and keep you calm.”

Orr’s composed demeanor certainly added to his management skills, especially when it came to focusing on what seemed like an incredible task.

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Ashley WennersHerron

Special Announcement

Intensity Frontier workshop registration deadline - Nov. 14

From Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, DOE's Offices of High Energy and Nuclear Physics are co-sponsoring a workshop on Fundamental Physics at the Intensity Frontier in Rockville, Maryland. Fermilab scientists and users are encouraged to attend the workshop to share their views on the scientific opportunities and facilities necessary for a strong U.S. scientific program at the Intensity Frontier of particle physics.

The workshop is an opportunity for the particle and nuclear physics community to identify and expand upon the scientific potential of the Intensity Frontier. Starting in September, six working groups will study and begin to document the full spectrum of Intensity Frontier physics opportunities and identify the necessary facilities to execute such a program. The working groups—heavy quarks, charged leptons, neutrinos, photons, proton decay and nucleons, nuclei and atoms—will organize smaller topical meetings during October and November. The scientific community will have another chance to provide input at the workshop, which will conclude with the preliminary findings of the working groups.

The last day to register is Monday, Nov. 14. More information is available online.

In the News

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Norman Ramsey dies

From NPR's All Things Considered,
Nov. 7, 2011

If you want to know what time it is, a smart way to find out is call the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. We owe this accurate timekeeping to a man named Norman Ramsey. Ramsey died Friday at 96. It was his scientific research in the years following World War II that revolutionized how we keep track of time.

MARTY EDWARDS: U.S. Naval Observatory Master Clock. At the tone, Eastern Standard Time, 11 hours, 13 minutes, 15 seconds.

ROBERT SIEGEL: We owe this accurate timekeeping to a man named Norman Ramsey. Ramsey died Friday at age 96. It was his scientific research in the years following World War II that revolutionized how we keep track of time.

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In the News

Playwrights invited to pen a premiere with Fermilab scientists

From Daily Herald, Nov. 1, 2011

After the success of the first-ever Collider New Play Festival in July, Fox Valley Repertory is currently seeking new play submissions for the second annual Collider New Play Festival to take place during the St. Charles Summer Theater Fest at the Pheasant Run Resort Mainstage and throughout the city of St. Charles on July 6-22.

“We're thrilled to continue offering this opportunity for playwrights after the success of launching this program last year. Our Collider 2012: New Play Project will offer the rare opportunity for three playwrights to work one-on-one with scientists from neighboring Fermilab to create a world premiere for our community,” says Artistic Director John Gawlik.

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Director's Corner

Accelerator Advisory Committee

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone

Our Accelerator Advisory Committee is meeting at Fermilab this week. The AAC is appointed by me and is composed of international accelerator experts. Their advice on the evolution of our program is of great value. The committee meets annually with a charge that typically focuses on specific aspects of our program.

This year’s meeting, coming on the heels of the Tevatron shutdown, looks more broadly at our program. We will benefit greatly by this view of all of our accelerator activities, their relative balance and how they fit into an overall strategy for the laboratory and the fields of accelerator science and particle physics.

Our existing accelerator complex has to deliver the beams needed to maintain our productivity in the remainder of the decade, before Project X would be constructed. Our plans to upgrade the complex include boosting the production of protons at 8 GeV by a factor of two to serve our neutrino programs (MINOS+, MicroBooNE, NOvA, Minerva and possibly an extension of MiniBooNE) and two muon experiments (Mu2e and Muon g-2). In addition we are making extensive modifications as part of the NOvA project to increase the power delivered at 120 GeV to 700 kW, twice the present capability. This beam power could also be used for the first phase of the LBNE project.

While the present complex, with the upgrades described above, gives us outstanding physics in the next decade, the present Booster and Linac will be 50 years old by 2020. Project X will be a new, powerful accelerator that will do much, much more than simply replace the older machines. A very high priority for Fermilab’s long-range future, Project X will multiply the flux of low energy protons at Fermilab by factor of 100 and make possible many beautiful experiments in neutrinos and rare processes. It will also enable fundamental measurements using unstable nuclei and materials tests relevant to accelerator-driven systems.

Beyond these priorities, Fermilab has a strong accelerator R&D program that ranges from the design of future machines, like a muon collider, to the new accelerator test facility enabled by the development of R&D facilities for superconducting radio frequency technology. The Office of High Energy Physics will be the steward for the nation’s advanced accelerator R&D towards a broad set of applications beyond particle physics. This is a role that HEP has played in the past without an official mandate. The Illinois Accelerator Research Center, a cooperative venture by the State of Illinois and the DOE, will put our laboratory in a strong position to contribute to many of these applications.

Accelerator Update

Nov. 4-7

- Neutron Therapy Facility treated patients
- Booster and Switchyard personnel conducted studies
- Operators fixed liquid nitrogen leak at A0
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