Wednesday, May 8, 2013

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Wednesday, May 8

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Mariette DiChristina, Scientific American
Title: I Am Science - and So Can You!

Thursday, May 9

2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Sonny Mantry, Northwestern University/Argonne National Laboratory
Title: Event Shapes for Exclusive Jet Processes: From the LHC to the EIC

3:30 p.m.


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Wednesday, May 8

- Breakfast: crustless quiche casserole
- Breakfast: ham, egg and cheese English muffin
- Teriyaki chicken breast
- Smart cuisine: Braised beef with vegetables
- Seafood Newburg
- Smart cuisine: Grilled-vegetable sandwich
- Mandarin orange pecan chicken salad
- Smart cuisine: Cuban black-bean soup
- Texas-style chili
- Assorted calzones

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Wednesday, May 8
- Apple- and horseradish-glazed salmon
- New potatoes with dill
- Roasted broccoli
- Lemon cake

Friday, May 10
- Spinach salad
- Alaskan crab legs
- Parsley potatoes
- Grilled asparagus
- Lemon panna cotta with blueberry sauce

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Press Release

Revolutionary muon experiment to begin with 3,200-mile move of 50-foot-wide storage ring

The massive Muon g-2 particle storage ring will travel from New York to Illinois by barge and truck this summer. Image: Fermilab

Scientists from 26 institutions around the world are planning a new experiment that could open the doors to new realms of particle physics. But first, they have to bring the core of this experiment, a complex electromagnet that spans 50 feet in diameter, from the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York to the DOE's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois.

The experiment is called Muon g-2 (pronounced gee-minus-two) and will study the properties of muons, tiny subatomic particles that exist for only 2.2 millionths of a second. The core of the experiment is a machine built at Brookhaven in the 1990s, and the centerpiece of that machine is a circular electromagnet made of steel and aluminum, 50 feet wide, with superconducting cable inside.

"It costs about 10 times less to move the magnet from Brookhaven to Illinois than it would to build a new one," said Lee Roberts of Boston University, spokesperson for the Muon g-2 experiment. "So that's what we're going to do. It's an enormous effort from all sides, but it will be worth it."

While most of the machine can be disassembled and brought to Fermilab in trucks, the massive electromagnet must be transported in one piece. It also cannot tilt or twist more than a few degrees, or the complex wiring inside will be irreparably damaged. The Muon g-2 team has devised a plan to make the 3,200-mile journey that involves loading the ring onto a specially prepared barge and bringing it down the East Coast, around the tip of Florida and up the Mississippi River to Illinois.

The ring is expected to leave New York in early June and land in Illinois in late July. Once it arrives, the ring will be placed onto a truck built just for this purpose and driven to Fermilab in Batavia, a suburb of Chicago. The land transport portions on both the New York and Illinois ends of the trip will occur at night—to minimize traffic delays—and the truck will only travel, at most, 10 miles per hour. On the New York end, the trip from Brookhaven Lab's gate to the departure port should take one night. The complete trip from the Illinois port to Fermilab should take two consecutive nights.

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Photo of the Day

PXIE beam absorber

This is an image of an electron beam on the surface of the PXIE MEBT absorber prototype. PXIE, the Project X Injector Experiment under construction at the Cryomodule Test Facility building, will test the most technically risky elements of the proposed Project X proton accelerator. One such element is a roughly 10-kilowatt beam absorber in the medium-energy beam transport (MEBT) line, which will intercept undesired beam bunches. A 1/4-size prototype of the absorber is being tested with an electron beam in MI-31 and is shown in the image above. Photo: Marty Murphy, AD
University Profile

University of California - Irvine

University of California - Irvine

Irvine, Calif.


Blue and gold


ATLAS (CERN), CDF, FermiLAT (NASA, DOE), IceCube (Antarctica), MEG (PSI), Milagro (LANL), MINERvA, SuperK (ICRR), T2K (J-PARC)

12 faculty, about 10 postdocs, about 15 students

UCI particle physics focuses on searches for new physics and precision tests of the Standard Model in a wide variety of experiments: neutrino, rare decays, high-energy astrophysics and collider physics. In addition, we have a vibrant theory group with strengths in phenomenology, especially dark matter and supersymmetry.


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In the News

Best bets: Hubbard Street 2 swings into Fermilab

From the Daily Herald, May 7, 2013

Rising dancers:

College of DuPage presents the rising young modern dancers of Hubbard Street 2 Saturday at Ramsey Auditorium in Fermilab's Wilson Hall, Kirk Road and Pine Street, Batavia. $30; $28 seniors; $15 kids. (630) 840-2787 or 8 p.m. Saturday, May 11.

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From the CMS Center

Partnership with the LPC

Patricia McBride

Patricia McBride, head of the CMS Center, wrote this column.

The CMS Center at Fermilab hosts the LHC Physics Center (LPC) in partnership with the U.S. CMS Operations Program. The LPC is led by Meenakshi Narain of Brown University and Rick Cavanaugh of Fermilab and UIC and Boaz Klima from Fermilab. Professor Narain replaced Purdue University's Ian Shipsey when he stepped down to become the chair of the CMS Collaboration Board.

The Fermilab LPC is a regional center for the CMS experiment and serves as a resource for CMS scientists from the United States and around the world. The LPC provides CMS scientists with the tools they need to advance their research, enhancing their contributions to the experiment. LPC activities include physics working groups, training programs, informal discussion sessions and workshops. Many of these discussions and seminars are open to members of the Fermilab community and are enhanced by a close connection to the Fermilab Theory Group.

In 2012 more than 370 users visited the LPC to participate in CMS activities and training. One of the major events of the year is the CMS Data Analysis School, held at Fermilab each January. The hands-on tutorials developed for CMS by members of the LPC as part of the school have been extremely popular and have been copied by CMS collaborators around the world.

The LPC has a strong Guest and Visitor program, which provides support for short- and long-term visitors. This summer a number of students and faculty will visit the laboratory to work with members of the LPC community on physics analysis and upgrade activities.

The highly competitive CMS LPC Fellows program has provided support for a group of talented CMS scientists each year since 2011. The 22 LPC Fellows for 2013 have contributed expertise in CMS physics analysis and in CMS upgrade projects. Many of the current fellows were at Fermilab last week for the visit of Dr. Abid Patwa from the DOE Office of High-Energy Physics to the LPC. Dr. Patwa heard physics presentations from a number of the fellows, students and postdocs who make up the LPC community.

As a hub for the approximately 700 physicists working on CMS in the United States, the LPC is an invaluable resource. By bolstering scientists' capabilities for research, it provides them with new and better ways to draw new and ever more intriguing physics from the detector. It is an asset not only to the CMS collaboration, but also to U.S. the particle physics community.

Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report,
May 7

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ESH&Q section, contains one incident.

While an employe was using a strain gauge to calibrate a piece of equipment, the plastic tie-wraps holding one end of the gauge failed, causing the equipment to spin uncontrolled. A nearby employee attempted to stop the rotation with his hands, and another employee depressed the emergency stop button. There were no injuries or equipment damage.

Find the full report here.

In the News

Higgs hunters look beyond the Standard Model

From Physics World, May 6, 2013

After discovering the Higgs boson last year, researchers at the Large Hadron Collider are now trawling through the data as the collider undergoes an 18-month shutdown for repairs and upgrades. The goal is to discover hints of physics beyond the Standard Model of particle physics—but tantalizing glimpses of new physics have been harder to spot than many physicists had expected.

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Today's New Announcements

Employee Health & Fitness Day volunteers needed

Artwork pick-up - today from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Immigration presentation for students and postdocs - May 9

LabVIEW classes scheduled - May 10 and June 13

Hubbard Street 2 Dance - Fermilab Arts Series - May 11

Pet Adoption Day at Abri Credit Union in Romeoville - May 11

Budker Seminar - May 13

Lecture: Big Science, Big Challenges - May 16

English country dancing Sunday afternoons at Kuhn Barn - May 19

OneNote 2010 class offered - May 22

DASTOW scheduled - June 21

46th Fermilab Users Meeting registration now open

Register for Argonne-UChicago-Fermilab collaboration meeting

Changes to U.S. visa procedures

Finance Section website migration

Open gym basketball Tuesday evenings

International folk dancing meets Thursday evenings in Kuhn Barn

Scottish country dancing meets Tuesday evenings in Kuhn Barn

Outdoor soccer at the Village

Fermilab lost-and-found is in Communication Center, WH GF

International folk dancing meets Thursday evenings in Kuhn Barn

Scottish country dancing meets Tuesday evenings in Kuhn Barn