Tuesday, June 4, 2013

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Tuesday, June 4

Undergraduate Lecture Series - One West
Speaker: Herman White, Fermilab
Title: Introduction to Fermilab

3:30 p.m.

Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar
Speaker: Nikolay Solyak, Fermilab

Wednesday, June 5

3:30 p.m.


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Wilson Hall Cafe

Tuesday, June 4

- Breakfast: All-American breakfast
- Breakfast: bacon, egg and cheese bagel
- Grilled reuben sandwich
- Smart cuisine: Caribbean jerk barbecue skewers
- Beef stew in a bread bowl
- Grilled-chicken Caesar jazz salad wrap
- Pork carnitas soft tacos
- Beef barley soup
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Wednesday, June 5
- Ham and gruyere crepes
- Garden herb salad with roasted-shallot vinaigrette
- Strawberry almond tart

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Choreographing the Accelerator and NuMI Upgrade

The Accelerator Division recently installed these two radio-frequency cavities in the Main Injector tunnel as part of Fermilab's Accelerator and NuMI Upgrade. Photo: Marty Murphy, AD

More than a year ago, Fermilab Engineering Physicist Cons Gattuso hung in his Cross Gallery office a large pin board covered with notes and strung with ribbons of different colors. The many-colored diagram, with its numerous and moveable parts, laid out the grand and dynamic plan for completing Fermilab's Accelerator and NuMI Upgrade.

The plan's elaborateness is evident in the numbers. Since the beginning of the shutdown in April 2012, more than 300 employees—roughly 18 percent of the laboratory's workforce—have contributed directly to the upgrade. Together, they have pulled 1 million feet of cable, handled more than 450 tons of material, reworked 1,500 feet of the new transfer line section and modified 10 percent of the vacuum system.

Led by members of the Accelerator Division, engineers and technicians from across the laboratory have been working for the last 13 months to prepare Fermilab's Main Injector accelerator, the Recycler storage ring and the NuMI beamline to deliver proton beams of higher power than previously obtained. They have also been upgrading the NuMI target to handle the higher-intensity beams used for the NOvA experiment. These upgrades are an essential part of the laboratory's shift to focus on Intensity Frontier research programs.

In a few weeks, the upgrade will be complete. It has been a project of complex choreography—hence the ribbon board, where each ribbon represents a crew's workflow.

"If you are completing a major upgrade to a complex of this size, you can't keep it internal to the Accelerator Division," Gattuso said. "You pull resources from across the lab."

Previously, the Main Injector required 2.2 seconds to load, manipulate and extract the beam delivered from the Booster. With the upgrade, the Recycler, which used to store antiprotons for transfer into the Tevatron, will now serve as a staging area for the beam, taking care of the prep work that the Main Injector used to be responsible for. Now freed of those duties, the Main Injector will spend almost no time idling, and the turnaround time will be slashed from 2.2 to 1.3 seconds—more than one-and-a-half times faster.

"It's a way of recycling the Recycler," Gattuso said.

To repurpose the Recycler, upgrade teams gutted sections of the machine and installed new beamlines. They also installed new radio-frequency power systems, including two new accelerator cavities fabricated at the laboratory. The upgrade also required software and programming support.

After all is said and done, the upgraded Fermilab accelerator complex will deliver proton beams with a peak power of 700 kilowatts—double the previous peak power of 350 kilowatts—which is what's needed to produce the large number of neutrinos needed for the NOvA experiment.

"We've been good at keeping this choreographed chain going," said Upgrade Associate Project Manager Paul Derwent. "That's really due to people overseeing the day-to-day installation and how well they work together. We had great help and support from people from the Technical and Particle Physics divisions. We needed more people than only those in the Accelerator Division."

AD plans to turn on the upgraded accelerator complex and begin sending beam through the Main Injector and Recycler later this month. The moment that beam comes on will be a welcome one.

"I look forward to being back in operations, not just installation and project, but actually operating the Recycler and Main Injector again," Derwent said.

For Fermilab, it will be the beginning of a new era of research.

Leah Hesla

In the News

Europe's updated particle physics plan weighty with global implications

From Science, May 31, 2013

It sets the course only for European physicists, but an updated strategy for European particle physics released yesterday hints at a possible global strategy for the whole field.

Presented in Brussels, the updated plan builds on an original strategy formulated in 2006. Predictably, its first priority is full exploitation of the world's biggest atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European particle physics laboratory, CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland. The LHC started taking data in 2010 and last year coughed up the long-sought Higgs boson, the particle that's key to physicists' explanation of how other fundamental particle get their mass.

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Director's Corner

Restarting and reaching out

Fermilab Director
Pier Oddone

As June begins, we continue to make excellent progress on preparing for the restart of the full Fermilab accelerator complex and the experiments that will use our new, more powerful beams of protons and neutrinos. Today's Fermilab Today feature article describes the details of the heroic efforts by the Accelerator Division over the past year to prepare the Main Injector, Recycler and NuMI beamline to deliver proton beams at double the power. I also want to commend the efforts of the many employees across all divisions, sections and centers that have made essential contributions to the completion of this major project that truly brings us into the Intensity Frontier era.

But this is only the beginning, and over the last two weeks we have had several opportunities to tell our employees and our nearest neighbors about the next major project on the horizon—the Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment.

On May 23, employees, users and neighbors attended informational meetings about the experiment and its ongoing environmental assessment. LBNE scientists and engineers, as well as DOE officials, were on hand to present project plans and answer questions. The attendees included many Fermilab neighbors who sought details about the new experiment and related construction activities, including proposed new buildings, caverns and beamlines on the western side of the lab. The environmental assessment process, begun late last year, will investigate the potential environmental impacts that the LBNE project may have and ways that the lab may minimize them. Another round of public meetings and solicitations for public input will be held in 2014 when the draft environmental assessment document is complete.

Last Tuesday evening, I had the pleasure of giving a presentation to the Batavia City Council on the state of Fermilab and the proposed LBNE. We had been asked to meet with the group to share details of current and upcoming projects as well as to answer questions. The meeting was a wonderful opportunity to further strengthen relations with our hometown, and we received very positive feedback both on our ongoing scientific mission as well as our community outreach.

Photo of the Day

Rising sun

The sunlight scatters through morning clouds as the sun rises over the intersection of roads A and B. Photo: Steven Shirley, FESS
Construction Update

Utilities relocation for the MC-1 Building

Workers are completing the relocation of utilities for the MC-1 Building. Photo: Cindy Arnold

Workers from Whittaker Construction & Excavating Inc. are completing the relocation of utilities around the future MC-1 Building under the project's Site Preparation Package. In the coming weeks, Whittaker will begin the excavation for the building's basement, which will house the Muon g-2 experiment.


Today's New Announcements

Bible Exploration for Lunch League begins study of prophecies

Pool opens today

Main Ring Road closed until June 5

Fermilab Family Outdoor Fair - June 9

Heartland Blood Drive with Oberweis gift certificates - June 10, 11

Lecture: Particles, Fields and the Future - Sean Carroll - June 12

Children's art show - June 21

46th Fermilab Users Meeting registration now open

Windows legacy print server, fermi-wprt, is retired

Fermilab prairie quadrat study

Volunteer opportunity - Coat Drive 2013

10K Steps participation winner

Swim lessons for children

Water fitness at Fermi Pool

10,000 Steps-A-Day enrollment

Ultimate Frisbee Mondays and Wednesdays

International folk dancing moves to Wilson Hall for summer

Scottish country dancing meets Tuesday evenings in Auditorium

English country dancing at Kuhn Barn

Raging Waves water park discount