Tuesday, May 28, 2013

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Tuesday, May 28

Undergraduate Lecture Series - Curia II
Speaker: Vladimir Shiltsev, Fermilab
Title: Accelerators

1 p.m.
Argonne-UChicago-Fermilab collaboration meeting - One West

2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar (NOTE DATE, TIME, LOCATION) - WH6NW
Speaker: Tim Eifler, University of Pennsylvania
Title: Constraining Cosmology and Dark Energy Models with Current and Future Wide-Field Imaging Surveys

3:30 p.m.


Wednesday, May 29

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Dan McKinsey, Yale University
Title: Light Collection in Liquid Noble Gases

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Tuesday, May 28

- Breakfast: All-American breakfast
- Breakfast: bacon, egg and cheese bagel
- Grilled-chicken quesadilla
- Smart cuisine: pork piccata with lemon sauce
- Chicken curry
- California turkey panini
- Taco salad
- Chef's choice soup
- Minnesota chicken and rice soup

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, May 29
- Fig- and chili-glazed pork tenderloin
- Whipped potatoes
- Steamed green beans
- Banana walnut upside-down cake

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In Brief

Argonne-UChicago-Fermilab collaboration meeting today

The 13th Argonne-UChicago-Fermilab collaboration meeting takes place today from 1 to 6 p.m. in One West. A reception will follow.

More than 50 scientists from the three institutions will share ideas about future projects and the institutions' strategic plans. The focus of this year's meeting is the institutions' connections with Latin America. Presenters will also discuss the Fermilab Campus Master Plan, accelerators and accelerator stewardship at the laboratories, and the University of Chicago's collaborative initiatives in particle physics R&D.

The collaboration meeting, started in 2006 by Fermilab and Argonne, initially focused on accelerator research and development. Over the years the meeting's scope has broadened to include topics related to all aspects of particle physics research.

View the agenda for the meeting.

In Brief

"Fermilab: Science at Work" DVDs available in the atrium

"Fermilab: Science at Work" is now available on DVD.

DVDs of the documentary "Fermilab: Science at Work" are now available for free in the Wilson Hall atrium.

The 137 Films documentary, which had its premiere screening at the laboratory in February, follows 10 of the laboratory's scientists, giving viewers an inside look at their work lives. It also features the installation of part of the MINERvA detector, the construction of the Dark Energy Camera and an animated look at the configuration of Fermilab's accelerator complex.

The 42-minute DVD includes subtitles in English and Spanish.

The documentary is also available online on Fermilab's YouTube channel.

Photos of the Day

Follow the leader

An egret snuck up behind two turtles sitting on a log in a lake by Wilson Hall last week. A few seconds after this photo was taken, the egret pushed the turtles into the water. Photo: Steve Krave, TD
Bison follows calf follows egret. The bison are not tempted to follow the example of the uncharitable egret of the lake. Photo: Steve Krave, TD

New employees - May

The following regular employees started at Fermilab in May:

Abraham Diaz, TD; Daniel Knight, TD; Scott Neill, CCD; Melonie Pierson, TD; Christopher Raymond, WDRS.

Fermilab welcomes them to the laboratory.

In the News

Why some galaxies age before their time

From Physics World, May 22, 2013

Like reckless rock stars, some galaxies live fast and get old long before their time. Now an international team of astronomers is watching this metamorphosis as it occurred billions of light-years away. Two distant galaxies are crashing together, turning all their gas into stars so rapidly that they will soon appear to be much older than they really are.

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In the News

Physicists create quantum link between photons that don't exist at the same time

From Science, May 22, 2013

Now they're just messing with us. Physicists have long known that quantum mechanics allows for a subtle connection between quantum particles called entanglement, in which measuring one particle can instantly set the otherwise uncertain condition, or "state," of another particle—even if it's light years away. Now, experimenters in Israel have shown that they can entangle two photons that don't even exist at the same time.

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Director's Corner
The Director's Corner will not appear in today's issue. It will return next week.
Press Release

Bison, birds and bugs at Fermilab's Family Outdoor Fair on June 9

What could be better than spending a fun-filled day outdoors and learning about natural science at the same time?

For the sixth year in a row, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory is inviting families and scout troops to attend the Family Outdoor Fair on Sunday, June 9 from 1-4 p.m. The fair takes place outside the Lederman Science Center, and highlights the plant and animal life found on the 6,800-acre Fermilab site in Batavia.

More than a dozen outdoor activities are planned for the fair, including a prairie scavenger hunt, a visit with Fermilab's herd of bison, and a chance to check out some turtles and tortoises up close. Kids can test whether they can run as fast as a bison, can sweep for insects and other critters, and thanks to the Naperville Astronomical Association, safely get a long look at the sun.

Once again, the Northern Illinois Raptor Rehabilitation and Education Center, along with local raptor trainers, will be on hand with live hawks, falcons and owls, as well as a collection of bird bones, feathers and hunting gear for children to enjoy.

"We want kids to come away with an appreciation of nature," said Sue Sheehan of the Fermilab Education Office. "There's so much to see. We want to show kids and parents that science is everywhere, even in their own back yards."

Of course, their back yards aren't quite as vast as Fermilab's. More than 1,000 acres of the laboratory site is restored natural prairie, and the U.S. Department of Energy has designated Fermilab a National Environmental Research Park.

The Family Outdoor Fun Fair is geared for first through seventh grade students. The fair is free, and will take place rain or shine. Media is welcome to attend. No registration is required. For more information, call 630-840-5588 or email edreg@fnal.gov.

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Construction Update

Cryomodule 2 returns to NML

A crane lowers Cryomodule 2 onto the ground floor of NML. It is now installed in the Advanced Superconducting Test Accelerator. Photo: Jerry Leibfritz

After a long hiatus to repair an internal helium leak, Cryomodule 2 was recently re-installed in the Advanced Superconducting Test Accelerator at NML. Since its return to NML, there has been a flurry of activity getting all of the systems connected and commissioned in preparation for operation. The coupler and cavity string vacuum work is complete, and welding of the cryogenic interconnect circuits is under way. Initial conditioning of the cavity couplers with radio-frequency power has also begun. The installation and commissioning activities are expected to wrap up in June, at which time the cryomodule will be ready to cool down to cryogenic temperatures for full power operation. CM2 is anticipated to be the first high-gradient Tesla Type-III+ cryomodule in which all of the cavities meet the requirements of the proposed International Linear Collider, operating at 31.5 MeV per meter.

In the News

Strange dark matter interactions could create galactic disks and dark light

From Wired, May 23, 2013

A small percentage of the dark matter in our universe might be able to interact with itself through an as-of-yet unknown dark force, forming dark atoms and possibly even emitting dark light.

Lest you think theoretical physicists have gone completely off the deep end, this form of dark matter, called double-disk dark matter, has some specific cosmological consequences that astronomers could observe.

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Today's New Announcements

Children's art show - June 21

46th Fermilab Users Meeting registration now open

Fermilab Family Outdoor Fair - June 9

DASTOW scheduled - June 21

Fermilab prairie quadrat study

Summer Zumba

Swim lessons for children

Water fitness at Fermi Pool

Martial arts class

10,000 Steps participation winner

10,000 Steps-A-Day enrollment

Outdoor soccer at the Village

English country dancing at Kuhn Barn

Raging Waves water park discount