Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012

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Wednesday, Sept. 19

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: David Nygren, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Title: The Origins and Evolution of the Time Projection Chamber (TPC) Idea

Thursday, Sept. 20

2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Johannes Heinonen, University of Chicago
Title: Lorentz Invariance in Heavy Particle Effective Theories

3:30 p.m.


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Second muon experiment receives Mission Need approval from DOE

This rendering shows the location of the proposed Muon Campus at Fermilab. The arrow points to the proposed site of the planned Muon g-2 experiment. Click to enlarge. Image: Muon Department/FESS

Fermilab's plans for creating a Muon Campus with top-notch Intensity Frontier experiments have received a big boost. The Department of Energy has granted Mission Need approval to the Muon g-2 project, one of two experiments proposed for the new Muon Campus. The other proposed experiment, Mu2e, is a step ahead and already received the next level of DOE approval, known as Critical Decision 1.

"We now are officially on DOE's roadmap," said Lee Roberts, professor at Boston University and co-spokesperson for the roughly 100 scientists collaborating on the Muon g-2 (pronounced gee minus two) experiment. "This should make it easier to increase the size of our collaboration and foster international participation. Potential collaborators supported by the National Science Foundation or foreign funding agencies will be happy to see that we now have DOE's official Mission Need approval."

At present, the Muon g-2 collaboration includes scientists from institutions in China, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands and Russia as well as 16 institutions in the United States. Physicists from several institutions in the United Kingdom are in the process of joining the collaboration.

The new Muon Campus at Fermilab will consist of the reconfigured Antiproton Source, which will provide high-intensity muon beams, and two new buildings, which will host the Muon g-2 and Mu2e experiments. The new buildings will be located south of Wilson Hall, between the Booster accelerator and the former Antiproton Source.

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Kurt Riesselmann

In Brief

nuSTORM workshop this Friday and Saturday

From Friday, Sept. 21 to Saturday, Sept. 22, roughly 60 researchers will meet at Fermilab for a workshop on the nuSTORM (Neutrinos from STORed Muons) proposal. nuSTORM is a facility that includes an entry-level muon storage ring, which is intended to produce neutrino beams for high-precision neutrino physics measurements. Having presented a letter of intent at the recent Physics Advisory Committee meeting in Aspen, scientists are now building a collaboration to plan an experimental program that could make a measurement on, among other phenomena, the LSND/MiniBooNE effect.

For more information on the two-day workshop or to view the workshop program, visit the nuSTORM workshop website.

University Profile

University of Kansas

University of Kansas

Lawrence, Kan.


Crimson and blue


ANITA (NASA), ARA (Antarctica), CMS, CALICE, DZero, TARA (University of Utah), TUNKA (HRJRG)

Nine faculty, six postdocs, 13 graduate students, 10 undergraduate students, 12 high-school students

In addition to searching for the Higgs boson and studying top quark decays and production at the collider experiments, the group focuses on instrumentation for particle physics, including silicon pixel detectors and sampling calorimetry for future linear-collider detectors. Our theory group has been very active on physics beyond the Standard Model, collider physics and studies of dark matter and neutrinos. The theorists helped the experimentalists pioneer a radio Cherenkov detection technique for ultra-high-energy-neutrino detection for astroparticle experiments.

A strong theory-experimental collaboration has led to new ideas in detection techniques. Bright undergraduate researchers have shown that they can make an impact on research on the international scale. The Quarked! Adventures in the Subatomic Universe program also demonstrates that elementary-school-age children can have fun and learn about particle physics.

DOE, Keck Foundation, NASA, NSF

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In the News

Dark Energy Camera starts taking pictures

From Wired, Sept. 17, 2012

The latest, greatest hunt for dark energy has begun, with a massive camera installed on a Chilean mountaintop returning the first of millions of photographs that should help astronomers learn more about the strange forces driving our universe's evolution.

The photos were released Sept. 12 by the Dark Energy Survey Collaboration, operators of the 570-megapixel Dark Energy Camera, the most powerful astronomical imager ever built.

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New energy savings contract to launch soon

Stephen Krstulovich

Stephen Krstulovich, site energy manager for FESS, wrote this column.

The U.S. Department of Energy is working with Fermilab to launch a new Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) in the coming weeks. In accordance with DOE and federal executive orders, DOE Super-ESPC contractors audit Fermilab's facilities every four years for energy and water conservation and renewable-energy opportunities that can be funded through savings, with no up-front cost. This helps both to reduce operation and maintenance costs and to replace worn and outdated equipment with modern efficient systems. In the coming weeks, teams of engineers and energy experts will visit every Fermilab facility to perform preliminary assessments and to develop a proposal for site upgrades.

Last year Fermilab completed the implementation of its prior ESPC, valued at $3 million. In meeting the contract terms, Fermilab replaced the main boiler in the Central Utility Building, provided lighting upgrades in various buildings and improved power distribution on site. We completed the contract with no up-front cost and will pay back all implementation expenses from guaranteed savings in 15 years. Using various alternative financing vehicles such as ESPCs, the laboratory has implemented over $60 million in alternative financing energy contracts since 1998, which have helped reduce costs, increase efficiency and improve scientific performance.

These initiatives also help mitigate global warming and improve the environment, goals that are of great importance to all of us and are promoted at the highest levels of government. They help us to remain strong at the forefront of discovery while also helping to enhance our legacy for the next generation. Please extend us your cooperation and patience as these audits get under way, and help welcome the teams that will be working to make them a success. Together we can help make a positive difference in our future.


"Martyl – A Retrospective": linking art and science with a Fermilab flare

Martyl's painting "Trees by Water" will be displayed in Fermilab's gallery from Sept. 20 through Nov. 6.

In 1943, physics Nobel laureate Enrico Fermi invited nuclear physicist Alexander Langsdorf Jr. and his wife, Martyl Langsdorf, a well-known artist, to Chicago to join the Manhattan project. Now, nearly 70 years later, Martyl – as she's known in the art world – continues to produce works combining art and science, and what better place to exhibit such works than the Fermilab Art Gallery on the second-floor crossover in Wilson Hall?

"Martyl – A Retrospective," the exhibit, comprises a collection of Martyl's paintings and works in other media, spanning from 1946 to 2010, which are on loan from Fermilab scientist Alvin Tollestrup and his wife, Janine, and former Director Leon Lederman and his wife, Ellen. Both families are devoted collectors of Martyl's art. Fermilab employees may already be familiar with her work "The Canyon," which Fermilab owns and displays on the west side of the art gallery.

"The deep appreciation of Janine and Alvin Tollestrup and Ellen and Leon Lederman of my work is evident in this memorable collection," Martyl said. "It reflects a commitment to the cultural life of the community as well."

While the majority of works on display are acrylic paintings capturing the American landscape, there is one piece different from the others that many viewers will recognize immediately – "The Doomsday Clock."

This image of a clock face, designed by Martyl in 1947 for the magazine Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, still adorns the cover today. As explained by the magazine, how near the clock's time is to midnight symbolizes how close the world is to global disaster. "The Doomsday Clock" is referenced in works of popular culture, including Alan Moore's 1986 graphic novel, Watchmen.

"This is an important piece of art, but also of history," said Georgia Schwender, Fermilab's visual arts coordinator. "It's a unique work that combines art and science in a way that reflects our country's past, present and future."

A copy of the first cover of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists to feature the clock will be on display at the exhibit, which runs from Sept. 20 through Nov. 6. An artist reception takes place tomorrow, Sept. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Jessica Orwig

Safety Update

ES&H weekly report, Sept. 18

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ES&H section, contains no incidents.

Find the full report here.

Today's New Announcements

Artist Reception - Martyl - Sept. 20

Update on Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)

Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series: Broadway's Next H!T Musical - Sept. 22

NALWO and Playgroup SciTech Museum visit - Oct. 6

Fermilab Friends for Science Education and grants from Chase Community Giving

Change in Users' Office hours

International Folk Dancing returns to Kuhn Village Barn

Scottish country dancing returns to Kuhn Village Barn

Martial Arts classes

Outdoor soccer - Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m.

Professional development courses

Atrium work updates