Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013

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Wednesday, Sept. 4

3:30 p.m.


Thursday, Sept. 5

2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Andrea Peterson, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Title: W' Decays to Heavy Higgs Particles

3:30 p.m.

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Fermilab recognized for workforce diversity

Fermilab is recognized for its diverse workforce.

Readers of Workforce Diversity for Engineering & IT Professionals magazine named Fermilab as one of the top 20 employers in the public sector for members of minority groups. The readers selected workplaces, both in the private and public sectors, based on where they would most like to work or where they believe they would find a positive working environment.

The Top 20 list is the result of an annual reader survey mailed to randomly selected readers of the magazine. The employers are ranked by the frequency they were cited by survey respondents.

In Brief

New hazard communication training requirement

Last week all active Fermilab employees, users and visitors received an email notice informing them of a new training course requirement titled GHS Hazard Communication Update (FN000496). This course requirement will appear in your ITNAs this week. The deadline for this training is Dec. 1. To meet this labwide training requirement, please take the online course that was developed with the assistance of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. To receive credit you will be asked to take a short quiz at the conclusion of the course.

This course is necessary to meet the training requirements of the revised Occupational Safety and Health Administration Hazard Communication Standard. By issuing this new standard, OSHA supports a global effort known as the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.

The self-paced training course will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. It provides an overview of important changes in how chemical hazards will be communicated in the future with pictograms, labels and documents, including details on the new label elements and the new format of the Safety Data Sheet, formerly known as the Material Safety Data Sheet.

The training materials listed on the course summary training page provide information on the technical content for safety data sheets, labels and pictograms. The link to the 5-minute GHS training video mentioned in last week’s email notice is also listed.

Dave Baird, ESH&Q

Accelerator Update

Accelerator update, Sept. 3, 2013

Linac and Booster
AD personnel operated the Linac and Booster accelerators and conducted machine studies.

Main Injector/NuMI
Workers finished vacuum work in the 307-309 sections of the Main Injector. Beam was back in the Main Injector by Wednesday evening, Aug. 28. Main Injector beam studies resumed. Operators sent proton beam down the NuMI beamline for horn scans. Over the weekend, workers installed the carbon target in the NuMI target hall to prepare for the production of neutrinos. First post-shutdown neutrino beam to Minnesota is expected to be delivered this week.

Fixed-target area
AD personnel plan to send beam to the Switchyard absorber this week. A magnet in Enclosure C (H201-10) was replaced and aligned, and final connections are under way. Work on the Neutrino Muon beamline berm pipe, which will deliver beam from the Switchyard to the SeaQuest experiment, continues.

Power outage on Sept. 1
A feeder fault on feeder 43 at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1, caused a power outage on the Fermilab site and glitched many other systems. Operators recovered the accelerator complex by 3 p.m. FESS repaired the fault, and feeder 43 was re-energized at 5 p.m. Areas including FCC were returned to conventional power.

View the AD Operations Department schedule.

In the News

IU physicist S.Y. Lee receives lifetime achievement award for particle accelerator work

From IU News Room, Aug. 30, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The U.S. Particle Accelerator School will present S.Y. Lee with its USPAS Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Accelerator Physics and Technology. Lee, professor in the Department of Physics at Indiana University Bloomington, will receive the award at the 2013 North American Particle Accelerator Conference held Sept. 29 to Oct. 4 in Pasadena, Calif.

The U.S. Particle Accelerator School is a national consortium at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois. The USPAS Prize honors outstanding achievements in several categories including the quality of the individual's work and its importance to the field; leadership and vision in machine building; and the teaching, encouragement and stimulation of young scientists.

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From the Accelerator Division

The 2012-2013 shutdown

Dan Johnson

Dan Johnson, head of Operations in the Accelerator Division, wrote this column.

Everyone at Fermilab knows that our accelerator complex has been through a 15-month shutdown period, and many have even participated in the work done during this time. Shutdowns have always brought the laboratory together to bring about major upgrades. Typically, shutdowns see the installation of many new devices, conceived to improve accelerator performance and capabilities. The shutdown we just completed was no exception.

A major thrust during the recent shutdown was to repurpose the Recycler storage ring for stacking protons to enable higher proton intensities in the Main Injector. Previously, the Recycler was used for stacking and storing antiprotons for the Tevatron.

Getting the Recycler ready for the new task required many changes to both the Main Injector and Recycler, including the installation of new injection and extraction lines to and from the Recycler. Many magnets, kickers and instrumentation also had to be added or improved for the new running mode.

One major change in the Recycler was the addition of two large RF cavities that will be used to place adjacent proton bunches on top of one another, creating space for additional protons in the beam.

Another major change made during the shutdown was the installation of a new neutrino target, one new focusing horn and a new target horn configuration designed to optimize the beam for the NOvA neutrino experiment. The Proton Source also received a major modification. The beam is now injected into the Linac from an RFQ.

Along with numerous other improvements, all the upgrades need to work together in the end. That's the challenge faced by the machine commissioners and operators, who are charged with making it all work safely, effectively and reliably. This is as great a challenge as making the modifications in the first place. All of the new and old systems must work properly so that we can run our accelerators and beamlines and deliver beam to numerous experiments. If one system has problems, it often shuts down all operations.

It takes many people to bring it all together. FESS provides lighting in the tunnels, fire protection, process and comfort cooling, mowed berms and plowed roads, leak repairs and many other services. Procurement rushes orders and expedites delivery. Drivers move magnets across the Fermilab site. Machine shop workers make and modify parts. Drafters make drawings of parts, systems and beamlines. Physicists review beam optics, run simulations and verify layouts. Engineers design and modify equipment, which technicians install. Alignment personnel make final adjustments. Others work on controls and networks, RF systems, instrumentation and power supplies. The safety group provides enclosure interlocks, supports and monitors the tasks to be done. They also make sure everyone has the correct training and personal protection equipment and is familiar with the ALARA concept.

I love it when the accelerators are running. That may be why I tend to be optimistic when making startup schedules. I also realize how amazing it is that the more than 100,000 devices and systems that make up the Fermilab accelerator complex can be operational at the same time. When our accelerators are running, the Operations Department is fully engaged and our operators are eager to do what the years of training have prepared them for: get the machines back to routine operations and provide beam safely for Fermilab's experiments.

Photo of the Day

White on white

A crab spider nestles itself in some flowers in the woods by the fire station at Site 38. Photo: Sue Quarto, FESS
Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, Sept. 3

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ESH&Q section, contains no incidents.

Find the full report here.


Today's New Announcements

Interpersonal Communication Skills class scheduled for Dec. 4

Annual ICW flush begins Sept. 9

Life on Mars - Fermilab Lecture Series - Sept. 13

TRAIN has two new enhancements

Access 2010 classes scheduled

MS Excel and Word classes offered this fall

Abri Credit Union special offers

Scottish country dancing meets Tuesday evenings in Auditorium

Chicago Blackhawks preseason discounts