Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011

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Wednesday, Dec. 7
10 a.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Dark Side WH6W
Speaker: Luca Grandi, Princeton University
Title: The Dark Side of Dark Matter
12:30 p.m.
Physics for Everyone - Ramsey Auditorium
Speaker: Stuart Henderson, Fermilab
Title: Project X: A Powerful Accelerator for Particle Physics
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium -
One West
Speaker: Itai Cohen, Cornell University
Title: Flight of the Fruit Fly

Thursday, Dec. 8
10:30 a.m.
Presentations to the Physics Advisory Committee - Curia II
3:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, Dec. 7

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Special Announcement

Physics for Everyone - today

Stuart Henderson

Today, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium, Stuart Henderson, the associate director for accelerators, will give a talk titled “Project X: A powerful accelerator for 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.

Special Announcement

Volunteers reception - today

The Director's Award will be presented today, at 5 p.m. on the second floor crossover, to recognize an especially dedicated volunteer.

Each year, more than 200 employees, users and contractors go above and beyond their everyday duties to further outreach and education at the laboratory. These volunteers are role models and mentors for teachers and students, answer tough questions about Fermilab and its science, maintain Lederman Science Center exhibits, visit area classrooms and more.

In Brief

Computer security awareness day - Dec. 8

The annual Computer Security Awareness Day will take place on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Wilson Hall. The Internet can be a dangerous place, so come learn about how you can protect yourself online.

Fermilab’s Computing Division will offer courses in One West for employees to complete required courses in computer security and Protecting Personal Information, while speed sessions in WH1N will cover such topics as the new exchange email service and recent attacks on science laboratories. See the complete schedule here.

As added incentive, free USB drive scans will be available at the Password Doctor booth in the Wilson Hall atrium.

Computer Security Awareness Day is the Computer Security Team’s way of reminding you that alert and informed computer users are our best defense against security threats. All employees, friends and family members are invited to attend CSADay2011. Sessions are free and do not require registration.

In the News

Idled atom-smasher yielding data months after shutdown

From Voice of America, Dec. 1, 2011

The Tevatron Accelerator at the U.S. government's Fermi National Laboratory in suburban Chicago once led the world in studying what happens when subatomic particles are thrown together at nearly the speed of light. But CERN’s new Large Hadron Collider in Europe has taken the lead in this exotic science. U.S. officials took the aging Tevatron Accelerator offline in September, ending a 30-year career in particle physics.

Since it went online in 1983, Fermilab’s Tevatron Accelerator fueled the study of the most fundamental building blocks of matter - sub atomic particles. But one particle continues to elude scientists -- the Higgs Boson.

“We know a lot about where it’s not, but we don’t know where it is yet,” said Robert Roser. Roser is a senior scientist at Fermilab who has spent much of his career looking for the so-called “God particle” which could help scientists better understand why matter has mass.

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In the News

String-theory calculations describe 'birth of the universe'

From, Dec. 6, 2011

Researchers in Japan have developed what may be the first string-theory model with a natural mechanism for explaining why our universe would seem to exist in three spatial dimensions if it actually has six more. According to their model, only three of the nine dimensions started to grow at the beginning of the universe, accounting both for the universe's continuing expansion and for its apparently three-dimensional nature.

String theory is a potential "theory of everything", uniting all matter and forces in a single theoretical framework, which describes the fundamental level of the universe in terms of vibrating strings rather than particles.

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From the Technical Division

SRF advances and future accelerators at Fermilab

Camille Ginsburg

Camille M. Ginsburg, deputy head of the SRF Development Department in the Technical Division, wrote this column.

Superconducting radio frequency (SRF) advances at Fermilab depend not only on the melting pot of Fermilab employees old and new, but also fundamentally on both national and international collaborators. Within the past few years, with hard work and determination, Fermilab has become a world leader in SRF technology, and has built an array of world-class facilities to support SRF R&D. Ongoing SRF projects include the development of cavities, RF power and controls, cryomodules and instrumentation for Project X and R&D for the International Linear Collider (ILC). In the Technical Division, we are on the verge of the completion of CM2, the first 1.3 GHz cryomodule completely procured and assembled in the U.S.

CM2 builds upon the success of CM1, the cryomodule built from a kit in collaboration with DESY and INFN, which is currently operating in the SRF Test Facility, formerly New Muon Lab. The eight SRF cavities for CM2 represent some of the successes in understanding niobium material properties, cavity fabrication techniques, surface processing, coupler and tuner preparation, vacuum systems, production travelers, and testing developed with help from our collaborators in the Tesla Technology Collaboration and the ILC. All CM2 cavities exceeded the gradient and quality factor levels specified for the proposed ILC in a vertical test at Jefferson Lab, and all except one reached 35 MV/m in a horizontal test at Fermilab. CM2 has a good chance of achieving ILC-level performance (i.e., 31.5 MV/m average operational gradient) and its completion represents a major milestone in Fermilab SRF activity.

Our Fermilab world has recently changed substantially. We’ve gone from a focus on Energy Frontier to Intensity Frontier accelerators. Our SRF team will continue to work on advances in SRF technology and build collaborations with those colleagues we have known for decades as well as with those we have recently met. We look forward to contributing to the construction of Fermilab’s next machine with significant SRF emphasis, Project X.

For more information about future accelerators at Fermilab, please attend the Physics for Everyone presentation at 12:30 p.m. today by Fermilab Associate Director for Accelerators, Stuart Henderson, titled "Project X: A powerful accelerator for particle physics."

Safety Update

ES&H weekly report, Dec. 6

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ES&H section, includes one recordable injury and one incident. An employee strained his back while picking up a box, and he lost work time as a result of the injury. Unrelated to the injury, a natural gas line in the Village was obscured by a tree root and cut during an excavation to repair and replace sections of the sanitary sewer. The incident was not categorized as ORPS, as a lessons learned document is being generated.

Find the full report here.

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