Friday, July 12, 2013

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Friday, July 12

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Sourabh Dube, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Title: Searches in lepton final states at ATLAS

Monday, July 15


3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topic: DarkSide Report

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Friday, July 12

- Breakfast: chorizo and egg burrito
- Breakfast: strawberry-stufffed French toast
- Texas Pete buffalo-style wings
- Smart cuisine: Hawaiian stir fry
- Tuna noodle casserole
- Honey mustard ham and Swiss panini
- Chicken fajitas plate
- Cream of butternut squash soup
- Texas-style chili
- Assorted pizza by the slice

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Chez Leon

Friday, July 12
- Minted orange, fennel and red-onion salad
- Grilled lamb chops with hot red-pepper relish
- Lemon tarragon green beans
- Toasted bulgur with corn and tomatoes
- Individual berry cobblers with spiced cream

Wednesday, July 17
- Chili-marinated flank steak
- South-of-the-border coleslaw with cilantro and jalapeno
- Caramel-coated cream cheese flan

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Scratching through the surface: Julia Ris paintings on display in Fermilab Art Gallery

Julia Ris' "Barcelona Big Catch II" is on display in the Fermilab Art Gallery.

A new art exhibit, "The Julia Set: From All Angles," is now open in the Fermilab Art Gallery. The exhibit features work by Chicago artist Julia Ris, who uses encaustic paint to create bold, colorful and expressive patterns.

An artist reception takes place today from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery.

Ris studied art at Western Michigan University and the University of Michigan. Although she painted sporadically while working full-time in the world of digital web design and marketing communication, it was only after spending 35 years in the corporate environment that she decided to make the move to the art studio, devoting herself to painting full-time.

Ris works in encaustic paint, a beeswax-based medium that is heated before being applied to a rigid surface.

"Though I love painting in oil, the immediacy of the encaustic medium has a huge appeal and allows me to layer, scratch through and build up surfaces," Ris says in an artist statement. "Wielding a blowtorch to fuse the layers of wax adds to the thrill."

The name of the exhibit hints at the paintings' subjects. In many of the pieces, angular, often sharply defined shapes cover the surface. But Ris' work isn't limited to those hard-edged geometries—viewers will see occasional softer, blended organic forms as well. Evident in all pieces is a layer-by-layer application of paint, giving them a depth that's both emphasized and accented by the artist's scratching-through of the wax.

"More and more over the years I find myself drawn to the complexity and surprise of what lies beneath the surface," Ris wrote. "I build the layers. I savor the evolution. I value surprise, little imperfections, subtlety and the patina of experience and time. I'm compelled to scratch through to expose what is alluded to or hidden."

Photos of the Day

Farewell to Young-Kee Kim

At her farewell reception on Tuesday, Young-Kee Kim cheers with her husband, Sid Nagel, and retiring Fermilab Director Pier Oddone. Photo: Cindy Arnold
Fermilab employees chat and eat cake at the farewell reception. Photo: Cindy Arnold
John Campbell, PPD, takes Young-Kee Kim's gong—well known for ringing in scientific seminars at Fermilab—out for a spin. Photo: Mary-Ellyn McCollum, DO
Sweet farewell wishes from the entire Fermilab community. Photo: Cindy Arnold. View more photos in the VMS archive.
In the News

Take two for cryomodule 2

From LC NewsLine, July 11, 2013

With the repair and reinstallation of the cryomodule known as CM2, researchers at Fermilab, US, are back on the road towards achieving the International Linear Collider's R&D goal (named task force "S1"): operating a cryomodule at ILC gradient specifications.

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In the News

Successful test of new U.S. magnet puts Large Hadron Collider on track for major upgrade

From, July 11, 2013

The U.S. LHC Accelerator Research Program (LARP) has successfully tested a powerful superconducting quadrupole magnet that will play a key role in developing a new beam focusing system for CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC). This advanced system, together with other major upgrades to be implemented over the next decade, will allow the LHC to produce 10 times more high-energy collisions than it was originally designed for.

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Frontier Science Result: CMS

Weird tracks

Clockwise from left: CMS event display, bubble chamber photograph, cloud chamber photograph.

If you've ever seen computer displays like the one above, or old bubble chamber photographs, or even tinkered with a homemade cloud chamber, then you've seen particle tracks. Tracking is an important tool for particle physics experiments because tracks show you the comings and goings of individual particles. When coupled with a magnetic field, they also tell you the momentum of each particle, since slow particles curve in the field while fast ones fly straight through. Irène Joliot-Curie, daughter of Marie Curie and an early adopter of tracking for her radioactivity research in the 1930s, called it "the most beautiful phenomenon in the world, apart from childbirth."

Nevertheless, tracking has some limitations. For one thing, it only reveals charged particles: Neutral particles leave no tracks unless they decay into charged particles. Also, a particle must survive long enough to enter the tracking detector to make a track. For particles with yoctosecond lifetimes (septillionths of a second), this is an issue. In practice, only five types of particles are commonly observed in tracking chambers: electrons, muons, pions, kaons and protons. The rest are inferred from the pattern of these particles' trajectories or are identified by other techniques, such as calorimetry.

A new particle might show up as a new kind of track. The energy of collisions in the LHC is high enough to create new particles, even as-yet undiscovered particles. If a new particle is neutral and short-lived, like the Higgs boson, then it must be reconstructed from its decay products: a Higgs particle decays into two Z bosons, each of which decays into two electrons or two muons—an example involving four tracks. If, on the other hand, the new particle is charged and lives for tens of nanoseconds or more, it would pass through the detector for all the world to see.

In a recent paper, CMS scientists released results from a search for weird tracks hidden among the downpour of normal tracks from familiar particles. This analysis relied on unusual tools—the time that it took individual particles to fly through the detector and the amount of energy they lost along the way—finer detail than is needed for most analyses.

In the end, all was found to be consistent with known physics. These results rule out a variety of exotic theories with higher sensitivity than ever before.

—Jim Pivarski

The U.S. physicists pictured above performed a careful search for tracks from heavy, charged, long-lived and as-yet undiscovered particles.
These U.S. physicists made crucial contributions in preparing new electronics in the CMS effort to refurbish the first layer of the muon detector endcap. This effort recently passed a major review, suggesting the project is on track to be part of the experiment when detector operations resumes in early 2015. From left to right: Wells Wulsin (Ohio State), Nick Amin (Texas A&M), Indara Suarez (Texas A&M), Shalhout Shalhout (UC Davis), Joe Haley (Northeastern), Michael Gardner (UC Davis), and Justin Pilot (UC Davis). Inset: Frank Golf (left) and Manuel Franco Sevilla, both of UC Santa Barbara.

Today's New Announcements

Romanian dance workshop and live music in Ramsey Auditorium - July 18

Poster contest for the CMS experiment

Fermilab discount at Don's Auto Ade Inc.

NALWO event: How to create your own terrarium - today

Inside Money: Managing income and debt TIAA-CREF workshop - today

Artist reception - today

Children's swim lesson registration due July 15

Water fitness registration due July 15

Fermilab Prairie Plant Survey (Quadrat Study) - July 19

NALWO potluck supper - July 19

Chris Lintott: How to Discover a Planet From Your Sofa - July 19

UEC/FSPA presentation for Fermilab, Argonne postdocs, students - July 24

What's Your Financial IQ Challenge runs from July 1 - 31

July EAP webinar

C2ST presents The Physics of Baseball - Aug. 2

Puppet Fundamentals course offered in September

Fall and spring onsite housing requests now accepted

Same-sex couples now eligible for immigration benefits

Martial arts

Outdoor soccer at the Village

BuZheng Qigong & Tai Chi Easy

English country dancing at Kuhn Barn

Scottish country dancing meets Tuesday evenings in Auditorium

International folk dancing in Auditorium for summer

Bristol Renaissance Faire discount

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