Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011

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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
2:30 p.m.
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

Thursday, Nov. 17
2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: David Krohn, Harvard University
Title: Path-Integral Jets
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar -
One West
Speaker: Khalid Chouffani, Idaho State University
Title: Laser-Compton Scattering Experiments from Intermediate Energy Electron Beams

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Wednesday, Nov. 16

- Breakfast: English muffin sandwich
- Portabello harvest grain
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Wednesday, Nov. 16
- Rouladen w/ buttered noodles
- Medley of peas & carrots
- German chocolate cake

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Guest Chef: Joe Walding
An English Thanksgiving
- Assortment of canapés: Chicken liver pate, roasted chestnuts, confit goose w/ toast points and onion marmalade
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- Variety of desserts, including British Christmas pudding w/ brandy butter

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CDF and DZero buildings to house new projects

The clearing out of the main floor of the 36,000-square-foot CDF assembly building is in progress. The building will become part of the Illinois Accelerator Research Center. Photo: Kurt Riesselmann

On Sept. 30, the CDF and DZero experiments at Fermilab recorded their final particle collisions. Now technicians and engineers are busy preparing the two buildings that supported the collider detectors to accommodate future uses, while preserving the two particle detectors and their control rooms for educational tours that will be offered starting in the fall of 2012.

The 36,000-square-foot CDF assembly building, including its 50-ton crane, will become part of the Illinois Accelerator Research Center. Groundbreaking for the main IARC building, which will rise right next to the western side of the CDF building and connect with it on several levels, will take place on Dec. 16. While the IARC is under construction, the Particle Physics Division will use the east side of the CDF building for detector development and construction, including work on the Mu2e experiment. The CDF collaboration will continue to operate computers on the third floor for the analysis of CDF data.

A portion of the DZero building will serve as an assembly area for the 170-ton detector of a new Booster neutrino experiment called MicroBooNE, while the DZero collaboration continues to use the complex as its home base.

"Space in the high-bay area of the DZero assembly building will be ready for use by the MicroBooNE collaboration by the middle of January 2012," said George Ginther, a manager of the DZero decommissioning plans. The assembly of the MicroBooNE detector and its liquid-argon system will take about a year. When complete, the equipment will be moved into a new building in the Booster neutrino beam line.

At CDF, the clearing out of the building is in progress.

“We have removed about 30 pallets of material so far,” said CDF decommissioning manager Jonathan Lewis. “Some things will be reused by other experiments, other things will go into storage at other locations on site, or are being recycled or thrown out. We need to have the west end of the building clear and ready for when the IARC construction gets into full swing in 2012.”

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Space in the high-bay area of the DZero assembly building will be ready for use by the MicroBooNE collaboration by the middle of January 2012. Photo: Kurt Riesselmann

Kurt Riesselmann


Users meeting highlights LHC successes

At Argonne National Laboratory earlier this month, U.S. scientists and students from the four LHC experiments gathered at their annual users organization meeting to discuss results from the recently completed 2011 run.

“Few of us could imagine how much you would achieve and we thank you,” said the organization’s chair, Harvey Newman, in response to CERN physicist Eva Barbara Holzer’s presentation of the successful performance of the LHC.

During her presentation, Holzer noted that the LHC outperformed expectations for the second year in a row. Running at a beam energy of 3.5 TeV for the 2011 run, the LHC delivered an enormous amount of data – around 12.4 inverse femtobarns total – to the experiments during 1,300 hours of stable beam. When the accelerator comes back online in 2012, Holzer and other scientists hope the peak luminosity will increase by another 60 to 75 percent, at a beam energy of 4 TeV.

“We haven’t seen evidence [of the Higgs], but we’re getting close. We’ve observed a wide range of channels,” Argonne physicist Alexander Paramonov said of the team’s search for the Higgs boson.

Fermilab physicist Joe Lykken, who presented on new ways to search for evidence of supersymmetry, also weighed in on the Higgs search.

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Brad Hooker

In the News

Transforming a mine

From Black Hills Pioneer, Nov. 9, 2011

The former Homestake Gold Mine is starting to look more like a lab.

Rick Labahn, engineering director at the Sanford Lab, said crews from Ainsworth-Benning Construction and related local subcontractors have been diligently working to transform the Davis Cavern and the area known as the Transition Cavern.

“You would not recognize the place if you saw it,” Labahn said of people who are more familiar with the former mine's red dirt ceiling and floors. Labahn explained that the entire floor of the Transition Cavern and the Davis Cavern is now concrete, and masons have constructed about 65 percent of the concrete block walls for that space, as well as for the MAJORANA laboratory. A substantial amount of ductwork has also been installed, he said.

In the Davis Cavern, Labahn said the concrete floor includes a round pit, where the massive water tank for the LUX (Large Underground Xenon) dark matter detector will be placed. Last month the lab also received dozens of thick, steel plates that will shield the LUX experiment from background radiation. The plates will be placed around the detector. More rooms around the main detector area have also been constructed with walls, and structural steel for a roof over at least two rooms in the Davis Cavern is expected to go up this week.

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Special Announcement

"Physics for Everyone" - today

Young-Kee Kim

Today from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium, 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.

"Physics for Everyone" is a non-technical lecture series about Fermilab science and culture. 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.


Preparing for our future projects

Randy Ortgiesen

Randy Ortgiesen, head of Facilities Engineering Services Section, wrote this week’s column.

Fermilab will soon wrap up the construction of several large construction projects called General Plant Projects (GPP). Not only did these projects create local construction jobs, they perhaps more importantly helped the laboratory and DOE prepare for the future in a very real way. As we near completion, let me remind you of these critical projects.

  • The additions to the MI-8 service building and Industrial Building 3,
  • power and cooling upgrades to the Feynman Computing Center,
  • expansion of the New Muon Laboratory,
  • and emergency generator with safety improvements for Wilson Hall.

These activities helped to better prepare the laboratory for our future science mission, which includes new projects in support of the Intensity Frontier. Additionally, they helped improve the effectiveness in our existing research and development program, and allowed us to improve efficiencies in current operations. While the CryomoduleTest Facility (CMTF) is another important GPP underway in the vicinity of the New Muon Lab, this project was funded separate from the other GPPs.

It is important to mention one of the keys to this success was the superb coordination, cooperation and communication among the project teams. Teams consisting of the architectural/engineering designer, construction subcontractor, Procurement Department, ES&H, landlord organizations (customer), FESS project manager and construction coordinator, and the Fermi Site Office met weekly to review progress and discuss upcoming activities. The Finance Department also played a key role in ensuring financial accountability and report compliance. Periodically observing the interaction of the project teams on either of the projects gave me an appreciation for the importance of planning, execution and cooperation. Every member seemed to know their role and purpose on the team. They stepped through the meeting agenda recognizing this was an essential part of the project’s desired outcome for these projects, which were funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. One could only imagine what it must have been like to break ground on construction of this laboratory over 40 years ago, and what it will be like to break ground on the next big project in the near future; an order of magnitude larger than anything we have seen in the recent past.

Well done, project teams!

Safety Update

ES&H weekly report, Nov. 16

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ES&H section, includes one incident that was recorded as a DART case. An employee hit his head after slipping and falling in the back of a pick-up truck. The employee was transported to the hospital where he was evaluated, treated and released. Medical treatment and lost time make this case a DART.

Find the full report here.

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