Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011

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Tuesday, Nov. 15
3 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - Sunrise
Speaker: Josh Ruderman, Princeton University
Title: Lepton Jets and Stealth SUSY - Part One
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar -
One West
Speaker: César Clavero, College of William and Mary
Title: New Materials and Multilayer Coatings for SRF Cavities and Optical Applications

Wednesday, Nov. 16
12:30 p.m.
Physics for Everyone -Ramsey Auditorium
Speaker: Young-Kee Kim, University of Chicago/Fermilab
Title: The New Frontier on the Great Plains: Fermilab and the Future of Particle Physics
1 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - Sunrise WH11E
Speaker: Yuriy Pakhotin, Texas A&M University
Title: Title: Search for New Light Bosons in Models with Hidden Sectors at CMS
1:30 p.m.
Particle Physics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Eric Dahl, University of Chicago
Title: The COUPP Dark Matter Search – Results from the First Year of Deep Underground Running at SNOLAB
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - Sunrise WH11E
Speaker: Josh Ruderman, Princeton University
Title: Lepton Jets and Stealth SUSY - Part 2
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Vladimir Shiltsev, Fermilab
Title: Mikhail Lomonosov

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Tuesday, Nov. 15

- Breakfast: Bagel sandwich
- Chicken & rice soup
- Italian sausage w/ peppers & onions
- Smart cuisine: Beef stroganoff
- Smart cuisine: Chicken tetrazzini
- Peppered beef
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Nachos supreme

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, Nov. 16
- Rouladen w/ buttered noodles
- Medley of peas & carrots
- German chocolate cake

Friday, Nov. 18
Guest Chef: Joe Walding
An English Thanksgiving
- Assortment of canapés: Chicken liver pate, roasted chestnuts, confit goose w/ toast points and onion marmalade
- Roast goose & turkey w/ holiday trimmings
- Variety of desserts, including British Christmas pudding w/ brandy butter

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LBNE coming into focus

The selected beamline design details a proton beam, above ground level, running through a hill and to a ground-level target.

As the Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment (LBNE) moves closer to its CD-1 review this coming spring, the project team has steadily honed its conceptual design to reduce cost while maintaining necessary functionality and safety features. The LBNE team plans to construct a beamline and near detector at Fermilab and a neutrino detector 1,300 km away in a former gold mine in Lead, South Dakota.

On Nov. 10, the project team chose its final beamline design for CD-1. Scientists will extract a proton beam from a new point on the Main Injector, MI-10, and send it through a beamline, above ground level, covered by a hill half the height of Wilson Hall. Inside this hill magnets will bend the beam downward toward a ground-level target, and the resulting secondary beam will continue to a shallow decay pipe and absorber. The final neutrino beam will continue through the Earth’s mantle, aimed at the far detector. This shallow beamline design allows for standard facilities construction practices, as opposed to more complicated methods, making it less costly, according to Project Engineer Elaine McCluskey.

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Anne Heavey, Computing Sector


Physics for Everyone: Lecture series resumes Nov. 16

Fermilab’s Tevatron program has shut down, but the laboratory’s other programs are going strong. Learn more about Fermilab’s future programs through the monthly Physics for Everyone lectures beginning again on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

This is the continuation of the series that was begun last year but took a hiatus over the summer. "Physics for Everyone" is a non-technical lecture series about Fermilab science and culture. From 12:30-1:30 p.m. on one Wednesday each month, Fermilab scientists and staff give a one-hour, straight-forward, plain English lecture on one of a wide variety of topics, including the history of the laboratory, how particle physics benefits society and even the laboratory's involvement in cancer therapy.

This set of lectures features Fermilab’s future experiments and projects. The first lecture in the set will take place this Wednesday. Deputy Director Young-Kee Kim will give a talk titled “The New Frontier on the Great Plains: Fermilab and the future of particle physics.” The talk will include time for questions and answers. It will be video recorded and archived at a later date.

    Other upcoming lectures in this set include:
  • Dec. 7, 2011 - "Project X: A powerful accelerator for particle physics" by Stuart Henderson
  • Jan. 11, 2012 - "Discovery science with muons: Fermilab’s Mu2e experiment" by Doug Glenzinski
  • Feb. 8, 2012 - "Looking for gold: LBNE in the Homestake Mine" by Brian Rebel

Information on upcoming lectures and video of previous lectures is available on the series website. This lecture series is organized by the Diversity Council Subcommittee for Non-Scientific and Non-Technical Employees.

Rhianna Wisniewski, Diversity Council subcommittee member

From symmetry breaking

LHCb uses charm to find asymmetry

According to theory, matter and antimatter should have been created in equal parts during the big bang. But somehow, the balance of the two skewed in the universe’s first moments. Now, matter dominates nature.

Scientists from the LHCb collaboration at CERN recently saw curious possible evidence of this asymmetry: The difference between the decay rates of certain particles in their detector, D and anti-D charm mesons, was higher than expected.

This anomaly is evidence of charge-parity violation, a more precise descriptor of nature’s preference for matter.

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Amy Dusto

In the News

Proof found for unifying quantum principle

From Nature, Nov. 14, 2011

When John Cardy proposed a far-reaching principle to constrain all possible theories of quantum particles and fields1, he expected it to be quickly rebutted. But for almost 25 years that hasn’t happened — and it now seems that his theorem may have been quietly proved earlier this year.

If the solution holds, it is likely to guide future attempts to explain physics beyond the current standard model. It will certainly have implications for any previously unknown particles that may be discovered at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, Europe’s particle physics lab near Geneva, Switzerland.

“I’m pleased if the proof turns out to be correct," says Cardy, a theoretical physicist at the University of Oxford, UK.

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Director's Corner

Strategic Laboratory Leadership Program

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone

On Nov. 11, I attended the concluding session of the Strategic Laboratory Leadership Program (SSLP) at the Gleacher Center of the University of Chicago. In the session, five independent teams with members from Fermilab, Argonne and Jefferson Laboratory presented the results of this year’s project. In its most succinct form, the goal of this project was to design a presentation for a congressional committee or a group of influential voters unfamiliar with our work that would give a convincing strategic message for the value of basic research in our national laboratories. The groups worked independently, putting to work what they learned in the program and approached the problem in strikingly different ways. It was a fascinating and stimulating afternoon. I will borrow freely from the different approaches that these groups presented.

The origin of the SLLP program goes back to 2007 when Fermilab and Argonne jointly participated in the development of a unique executive leadership program with the University of Chicago and the Booth School of Business. The result was the SLLP. The goal of SLLP is to develop the leadership skills of potential future laboratory leaders and to foster closer working relationships between Fermilab and Argonne. Although initially designed for Fermilab and Argonne, Jefferson laboratory decided to participate on its own nickel. Fermilab participants are nominated by their managers and division heads and then selected by senior management. To date, 50 Fermilab staff from scientific and staff functions have completed SLLP in five cohorts.

The program takes place in three time blocks spread out over several months. The topics include leadership, strategic thinking, leading change and innovation. Throughout the program participants apply their new knowledge by working in small groups on a project focused on a specific issue or problem that is important to the laboratory or to science in general. After the program, each participant completes an elective course from the UC Executive Education curriculum based on personal development interests.

The feedback from participants has been hugely positive. The Booth School of Business is arguably the premier business school in the country and we are very fortunate to benefit from their superb teachers and from the university’s commitment to our laboratory.

Photo of the Day

Wilson Hall: Sunset silhouette

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, Greg Vogel of AD took this photograph of Wilson Hall backlit by the setting sun. Photo: Greg Vogel, AD
Accelerator Update

Nov. 11-14

- Muon personnel conducted studies
- MI personnel conducted Recycler studies
- Vacuum problems delayed the Main Injector
- Lambertson problems delayed NuMI
Read the Current Accelerator Update
Read the Early Bird Report
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts


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