Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012

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Tuesday, Feb. 14
Happy Valentine's Day!
2 p.m.
Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Pierluigi Campana, CERN
Title: Recent Results from LHCb and Future Prospects
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Henryk Piekarz, Fermilab
Title: Project X with Superconducting Rapid Cycling Synchrotron and Superconducting Dual Storage Ring

Wednesday, Feb. 15
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium -
One West
Speaker: Stuart Henderson, Fermilab
Title: Are Accelerators Ready to Drive Subcritical Nuclear Reactors?

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Tuesday, Feb. 14

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- Torta della nonna w/ crème anglaise

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From symmetry breaking

My entangled heart

This heart was graphed by Felix Yu, PPD, using Mathmatica and code contributed to the Wolfram website by Michael Croucher. Graph your own heart here.

Maybe Chris Martin of Coldplay had it wrong in the band's 2002 hit "The Scientist" when he sang, "Questions of science… do not speak as loud as my heart."

Maybe physics is the medium that brings us together. As we seek the ethereal nature of matter, we inevitably stumble into each other and find a different sort of relationship between two stationary bodies: love. You could call it serendipity, but I'd prefer to call it emotional gravity.

As demonstrated by geeky engagements and nerdy wedding cakes, those that fall in love with physics sometimes also fall in love with each other.

Readers who submitted to our "My Physical Romance" readers' challenge found love through physics and, sometimes, physics through love. But in all scenarios, they show the passion that physics can inspire.

Read the submissions here.

Sarah Charley

From symmetry breaking

CERN plans for even more intense year of LHC physics

CERN scientists will begin running the Large Hadron Collider at a higher energy than ever before when this winter's technical stop comes to a close in mid-March, the laboratory announced in a press release today.

Scientists and CERN management came to the decision to raise the LHC's energy from 7 to 8 TeV after a week-long meeting in Chamonix, France.

Greater energy leads to a higher rate of collisions between protons in the LHC. The operation crew predicts that, with this increase in energy, the LHC experiments should gather more than twice as much data in 2012 as they did in 2011. This data increase is significant for Higgs searches and should give sufficient data by the end of 2012 to show or exclude the existence of a Higgs.

Raising the collision rate will cause the number of interesting physics events in general to go up, though scientists will have to sift them out from an even larger pile of non-interesting ones than before. Last year, for example, physicists on the ATLAS experiment saw 15 extra events for every one deemed worth studying. That number will likely double this year.

Scientists decided to run the LHC up until now at half the energy the machine was designed to handle.

Read more

To read the CERN press release, click here.

Amy Dusto

In the News

LHC boosts energy to snag Higgs – and superpartners

From New Scientist, Feb. 13, 2012.

It has already broken the record for the most energetic particle collisions, but the world's largest particle smasher is boosting its energy still further. Physicists at the Large Hadron Collider hope this will confirm or rule out tantalising hints of the elusive Higgs particle.

Although the Higgs is the LHC's main quarry, the biggest advantage from the boost in energy goes to searches for signs of supersymmetry, or SUSY. Many researchers had hoped that by now this elegant theory would have left traces in LHC, which is at the CERN particle physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland.

The LHC has already seen many events that could be signs of the decay of the long-sought Higgs boson, which is thought to endow other particles with mass. But more mundane reactions can also produce such events, so more experiments are needed to confirm or rule out the Higgs explanation.

Now the LHC's management has decided to boost the energy of collisions to get a better chance of flushing the Higgs out into the open.

Read more

In the News

Boy + particle accelerator = Sexy Results

From OnMilwaukee.com,
Feb. 11, 2012.

"It's a tale as old as time: Boy meets particle accelerator. Boy gets particle accelerator. Particle accelerator trash talks boy when boy's favorite football team wins last year's Super Bowl."

So says Alverno Presents' David Ravel about "Sexy Results," a rather unusual Cedar Block event – in case you couldn't tell from the above – at Turner Hall Ballroom on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m.

The event is the latest creation by Cedar Block, a loose-knit collective that has hosted a couple adult science fairs, some Milwaukee Film events and a half-dozen performances at Milwaukee Art Museum and other events over the past seven years.

Brent Gohde, the man behind Cedar Block says that Ravel asked him to put together a show "that otherwise would not occur in Milwaukee" for Alverno Presents last February. So, naturally, a boy's thoughts turn to physics.

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Director's Corner

President's Budget Request

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone

The President's Budget Request (PBR) for fiscal year 2013 was unveiled yesterday. In this Director's Corner, I describe for you what I know at this time in the spirit that I have maintained throughout this column: to share with you the good, the bad and the ugly. I remind you that there is a long time before a FY13 budget is enacted by Congress, and in that time many things can change. In the meantime we have a lot of planning to do.

The PBR reduces funding for the DOE Office of High Energy Physics by 1.8 percent from the current level. The cuts applied to Fermilab, however, are significantly greater: about $30 million or 8 percent. This budget will be very hard to manage as we transition to our new programs.

Where do the cuts fall on the Fermilab program? The first is a decrease in the funds for the Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment and related support for the Homestake site. In the PBR the support for the design of LBNE is halved, from $21 million in FY12 to $10 million in FY13. This would badly hurt a flagship project for U.S. high-energy physics, stalling momentum at a time when we have defined a clear direction that is supported by all the scientific reviews and is attracting international interest. The PBR calls into question whether DOE will mount any truly large-scale, global fundamental science project as we have done successfully in the past and as our European and Asian competitors are doing now. The PBR also decreases the funding for bare-bones operation of the Homestake mine to a level not sufficient to maintain the site, from $15 million this year to $10 million in FY13.

The second cut zeros out funding for ILC R&D. ILC R&D in the United States has helped American industry come up to a world-class standard in this area that is important for the future of the country's global competiveness. While the current phase of ILC R&D will be finished in 2012, the proposed next phase of R&D on superconducting accelerator technology would help many future scientific projects, including Project X and Berkeley Lab's Next Generation Light Source. The PBR effectively hands the fruits of ILC research to the other countries that continue to participate, benefiting their science and their industries.

In addition to the cuts to LBNE and ILC, there are additional impacts on our budget in a stretch-out of the Mu2e schedule and in our remaining operations.

Starting today, we are working with the DOE HEP office to try to mitigate this very bad situation and I am providing information to Congress on the consequences of this budget. Clearly a debate is needed in Congress on the proper role of the federal government in the stewardship of fundamental research such as ours, and on the role of Office of Science in supporting basic research that is not only tied to short-term outcomes.

Accelerator Update

Feb. 10-13

- Switchyard personnel conducted studies
- Main Injector and Muon Rings personnel conducted studies
- Operators found a leak in the Muon Rings
Read the Current Accelerator Update
Read the Early Bird Report
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts


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