Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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Wednesday, June 12

8 a.m.
46th Annual Users Meeting Registration - Auditorium Lobby

9 a.m.
46th Annual Users Meeting - Auditorium

3:40 p.m.
The International Linear Collider: From Design to Reality - Auditorium


8 p.m.
Fermilab Lecture Series (NOTE DATE) - Auditorium
Speaker: Sean Carroll, California Institute of Technology
Title: Particles, Fields and The Future of Physics

Thursday, June 13

9 a.m.
46th Annual Users Meeting - Auditorium

2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: C├ędric Weiland, LPT Orsay
Title: Impact of Fermionic Singlets on Lepton Universality Tests

4 p.m.
Pier Oddone Symposium - Auditorium

6 p.m.
Pier Oddone Symposium Reception - Atrium

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Wednesday, June 12

- Breakfast: breakfast casserole
- Breakfast: ham, egg and cheese English muffin
- Chicken cordon bleu sandwich
- Smart cuisine: beef burgundy ragout
- Roasted turkey
- Turkey bacon panini
- Blackened chicken alfredo
- Chunky broccoli cheese soup
- Texas-style chili
- Assorted calzones

Wilson Hall Cafe menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, June 12
- Northern Italian lasagna
- Caesar salad
- Tiramisu

Friday, June 14
- Corn blinis with smoked salmon and chive cream
- Medallions of beef with cabernet sauce
- Potatoes dauphinoise
- Steamed broccoli
- Strawberry mousse in chocolate cups

Chez Leon menu
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Special Announcement

Fermilab Users Meeting, ILC worldwide event - today

The annual Fermilab Users Meeting takes place today from 9 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium. View the Users Meeting agenda. As part of the Users Meeting, the Fermilab Student and Postdoc Association will hold its poster session this afternoon.

Also taking place today is a worldwide celebration of the completion of the International Linear Collider Technical Design Report.The Americas region event begins in Ramsey Auditorium at 3:40 p.m. It concludes with the report's official submission. View the ILC event agenda.

Press Release

Massive particle storage ring to begin 3,200-mile trek on Sunday

Follow the ring's journey from New York to Illinois online at Photo: Brookhaven National Laboratory

How do you move a 50-foot-wide, circular electromagnet from Long Island to the Chicago suburbs in one piece without flexing or twisting it? Very, very carefully.

On Sunday, June 16, the electromagnet will begin its 3,200-mile land and sea voyage to its new home at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois, where it will become the centerpiece of a new experiment called Muon g-2 (pronounced gee-minus-two).

This experiment will study the properties of muons, subatomic particles that live only 2.2 millionths of a second, and its results could open the door to new realms of particle physics.

The magnet was built at the DOE's Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York in the 1990s, where it was used in a similar experiment. The ring is constructed of aluminum and steel, with superconducting coils inside, and it cannot be taken apart or twisted more than a few millimeters without irreparably damaging those coils.

Transporting the electromagnet from Brookhaven to Fermilab will cost 10 times less than building a new one. The magnet will remain inert, exhibiting no magnetic properties, until it is plugged in at Fermilab.

The Muon g-2 team has devised a plan that involves loading the ring onto a specially prepared barge and bringing it down the East Coast, around the tip of Florida and up a series of rivers to Illinois. Once it arrives in late July, the ring will be attached to a truck built just for the move and driven to Fermilab, traveling over two consecutive nights and using rolling roadblocks to temporarily close sections of the roads.

Road closings and detours will be coordinated with public safety agencies in both states.

The trip begins Sunday morning, as the ring will be moved across the Brookhaven site to a staging area just inside its main gate. On the evening of Monday, June 17, it will be driven down the William Floyd Parkway to the Smith Point Marina, where it will be loaded onto the barge.

Members of the public can follow along on the ring's journey on a new web page launched this week at The page includes a GPS-powered map that will trace the path of the ring in real time and a blog that will be updated with images, videos and the most current information about the move.

Read more

Accelerator Update

Accelerator update, June 7, 2013

Editor's note: As Fermilab is getting closer to finishing substantial upgrades to its accelerator complex, Fermilab Today will post updates on the work going on in the accelerator tunnels. The Accelerator Division aims to send first beam through the Main Injector later this month, and the commissioning of the revamped Recycler storage ring is scheduled to begin in July.

Vacuum technicians use heating blankets and vacuum pumps to remove moisture from beam pipes in the Main Injector tunnel. Photo: Denton Morris, AD

Interlock personnel completed Booster and Main Injector safety system tests. Safety personnel recored the locks to the Main Injector, and then operators searched and secured the Main Injector. Safety personnel will make the area ready for access so that workers can continue shutdown work when no beam is in the machine. Operators searched and secured the NML area.

Vacuum work
Vacuum technicians certified the vacuum for the 8-GeV beam transfer line from the Booster to the Main Injector as well as transfer lines for MiniBooNE, MI injection and Recycler injection. Vacuum technicians also completed Recycler bakes, which remove moisture from the beam pipes and hence reduce the number of particles that might interfere with the beam. They also completed the MI-52 Lambertson vacuum leak check.

Cooling systems
Water group personnel completed their work on the MI-10 low-conductivity water system. LCW is water that has been deionized so it is less likely to conduct electricity. Operators started running all 60-horsepower pumps. The group also finished the maintenance on the MI-65 evaporator system. FESS personnel replaced the 40-horsepower pond water pump, motor and head of the MI-20 (see photo by Denton Morris, AD) water sprayer.

At the Advanced Superconducting Test Accelerator in the NML building, Alignment personnel completed checks on the coupler, gate valve, radio-frequency gun and cavity. Alignment personnel also completed the grade measurements for the sinkhole repair at MI-31 and MI-39. (See Photos of the Day in the right column.)

Main Injector
During the weekend of May 31 to June 3, operators and Main Injector personnel cleared all ground faults from the Main Injector's magnet and power supply buses, which supply electricity for those systems. They completed a low-pot and a high-pot of the buses and successfully provided power for the equipment.

Mechanical technicians sealed the mechanical room penetration.

Fixed-target area
Instrumentation technicians mapped the switchyard button-style beam position monitors. Pipe welders prepped the G2 pipe for the beamline to the SeaQuest experiment. Other technicians ran a cable through the berm pipe.

View the AD Operations Department schedule.

From the Core Computing Division

Supporting a virtual infrastructure

Michael Rosier

Michael Rosier, head of the Enterprise Services Department, wrote this column.

The Core Computing Division provides a wide variety of services. In the past we commonly delivered these services using single-purpose physical computer servers. This model was very inefficient since many of our servers were using only a small portion of their physical resources. To improve efficiency, we turned to a technology called server virtualization. Server virtualization allows us to partition a single physical computer into multiple virtual servers. This is quite similar to carpooling or taking public transportation instead of driving your own car to work. The virtualization model allows us to more fully use the resources on each physical computer.

Each of the virtual servers runs its own operating system and own applications and essentially performs as if it were an individual server. The supported operating systems are Windows, Linux and Mac OSX. Fermilab's primary virtual infrastructure consists of eight physical computers, each capable of providing approximately 40 virtual servers. We estimate that the savings in space and power alone are enough to justify the investment in virtualization technologies. The virtual servers are primarily used to support non-science enterprise applications at the lab. The Scientific Computing Division also provides a virtual infrastructure for scientific needs.

Some of the obvious benefits of using virtual servers include fewer computer purchases, along with the associated asset control issues, less rack space, reduced power and cooling needs, less cabling, and simpler monitoring and management. We also realize other important benefits in the virtualized environment such as faster server provisioning, increased uptime, improved disaster recovery, extending the life of older applications, less vendor lock-in and savings in maintenance costs. Also, virtual servers reduce the number of required equipment moves in and out of data centers because there are fewer physical systems. Finally, one of the major benefits of the virtual infrastructure is the management and monitoring tools that allow us to transparently move applications across the physical computers when extra resources are needed.

Some of the future goals for the virtual infrastructure environment include developing a robust virtual desktop infrastructure for the lab, continuing to migrate more physical systems to virtual machines, and having the ability to quickly set up environments to assist with system upgrades or diagnose complex issues between multiple systems, thereby minimizing the number of development and test systems.

Photos of the Day

Fixing a hole

In May, contractor Stark and Son began fixing a broken utility pipe that for years had been taking in soil through a break in the pipe wall, facilitating the growth of a pre-existing sinkhole. The hole pictured was on the Main Injector berm between MI31 and MI39. Workers used the track hoe pictured to dig a hole roughly 25 feet deep. For scale, the worker in the middle of the hole is about 6 feet tall. Photo: Larry Sliwa, FESS
Near the end of May, Stark and Son replaced the pipe and conduit and back-filled the hole. Photo: Larry Sliwa, FESS
Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, June 11

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

An employee struck his shoulder against a stock materials rack. The prescription of physical therapy makes this case recordable.

An employee tripped up two steps while at CERN. The claim is pending, but the case is not recordable since it occurred outside the United States.

An employee fell while entering a trench. The claim is pending until its investigation is complete.

Find the full report here.


Erene Noyola retirement party

The farewell party for Erene Noyola will be held in Kuhn Barn from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, not Friday.

Yesterday's retirement profile of Noyola now states the correct day of the reception.

In the News

Canadian accelerator produces a city's-worth of medical isotopes overnight

From Nature, June 9, 2013

The looming problem of a global medical isotope shortage is one step closer to a solution. A Canadian team has developed an upgrade that allows hospital cyclotrons to make a much-needed diagnostic tracer, and has proven it can pump out enough overnight to fulfil a city's needs the next day.

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Today's New Announcements

Behavioral interviewing course scheduled for July 18

10K Steps participation drawing winner

Scottish country dancing cancelled today

46th Fermilab Users Meeting registration open

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

Festa Italiana - June 12

DASTOW scheduled for June 21

Help the environment! Attend Abri's Shred & Recycle event - June 22

Summer intern Friday tours

Learn Drupal with Fox Valley Computing Professionals

Volunteer opportunity - Coat Drive 2013

Bible Exploration for Lunch League begins study of prophecies

Pool now open

Swim lessons for children

Water fitness at Fermi Pool

Ultimate Frisbee Mondays and Wednesdays

Outdoor soccer at the Village

International folk dancing moves to Wilson Hall for summer

Scottish country dancing meets Tuesday evenings in Auditorium

Join the Tango Club

Raging Waves water park discount