Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013

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Wednesday, Oct. 9

11 a.m.
Intensity Frontier Seminar Series - WH8XO
Speaker: S. Uma Sankar, IIT Bombay
Title: The Need for an Early Anti-Neutrino Run of NOvA

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Scott Willenbrock, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Title: Zero-Net-Energy Houses: Something Old, Something New

Thursday, Oct. 10

11 a.m.
Academic Lecture Series - One West
Speaker: Peter Cooper, Fermilab
Title: CLFV Searches in Muons

2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Jamie Gainer, University of Florida
Title: The Higgs Boson in the Golden Channel

3:30 p.m.

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Wednesday, Oct. 9

- Breakfast: breakfast pizza
- Breakfast: ham, egg and cheese English muffin
- Chicken fajita club sandwich
- Smart cuisine: baked pork chops
- Chicken tandoori
- California club
- Chicken carbonara
- Chunky broccoli cheese soup
- Texas-style chili
- Smart cuisine: navy bean soup

Wilson Hall Cafe menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, Oct. 9
- Roasted vegetables and goat cheese on herbed focaccia
- Grilled shrimp and wild rice medley
- Lemon almond butter cake

Friday, Oct. 11
- Spinach salad with pears, pecans and balsamic vinaigrette
- Rib eye roast with mustard and black pepper
- Potato and sage gratin
- Winter greens with pancetta and mint
- Swedish apple pie

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Muon Accelerator Program staging study makes progress

The staging plan for the proposed Muon Collider includes a short- and long-baseline neutrino factory, a Higgs factory and a multi-TeV collider. Image: Muon Accelerator Program

This summer, physicists were abuzz discussing the preliminary conclusions of the Muon Accelerator Staging Study. The MASS working group is studying the physics potential for a series of facilities based on novel technologies being developed by the U.S. Muon Accelerator Program led by Fermilab.

The working group envisions a four-stage program intended to save energy, space and money in its design of a proposed Muon Collider. The Muon Collider is one of the several accelerators proposed to address particle physics' more pressing future demands. Discoveries over the next few years will guide which technology the field pursues.

"The unique thing about muon accelerators is they have the potential to support cutting-edge physics on both the Energy and Intensity frontiers," said Mark Palmer, head of MAP. "The availability of high-quality and high-intensity muon beams may also open the window to providing specialty beams for a whole range of other physics experiments."

As the name suggests, a Muon Collider at Fermilab would collide elementary particles called muons so scientists could conduct high-precision studies of the components that make up our universe.

The Muon Collider would be a world-class facility, which, according to the MASS plan, would be the final step in an ensemble of facilities built in affordable stages. As it stands, each stage would provide unique physics capabilities, would build on the previous stages and would validate the technology needed for subsequent stages — thus allowing for better-informed decision-making.

The MASS staging concept starts with a short-baseline neutrino factory, called nuSTORM, then a long-baseline neutrino factory, NuMAX, deployed in increments of increasing beam intensity. A Higgs factory collider and, ultimately, a Multi-TeV Collider, could follow. It is an especially attractive plan for Fermilab, where the staging plan could build on existing concepts for a proposed high-intensity proton accelerator and a new underground detector facility for LBNE.

Before such a plan can get under way, though, MAP collaborators must first demonstrate the feasibility of these novel muon-based technologies, which will be the program's primary focus for the remainder of this decade.

In the near term, MAP collaborators are tasked with developing an optimized baseline configuration of the stages outlined in the report. Setting a high-quality baseline is important in order to focus limited resources on the most promising paths for research and development.

"There are a number of excellent ideas proposed to address the MAP technical issues and challenges," said SLAC's Jean-Pierre Delahaye, head of the staging study.

By the end of 2015, Delahaye said, with the help of international experts weighing in, "we should be able to identify the most promising technologies and what we should focus on."

Palmer said there is still much to figure out.

"No one has ever built an accelerator like this before, but Fermilab is uniquely suited to develop capabilities of the type being considered by MAP," Palmer said.

"The muon-based accelerator technology is an attractive and promising technology for the future," Delahaye added. "It provides a unique opportunity for facilities at Fermilab at both the Energy and Intensity frontiers."

Sarah Witman

Accelerator Update

Accelerator update, Oct. 7

Proton Source
AD personnel worked on the LRF3, replacing an interlock module and relay. Tuning and short studies were performed as needed.

Main Injector/NuMI
Between Sept. 30 and Oct. 7, the Main Injector provided 149 hours of proton beam to the NuMI target for the production of neutrinos for MINERvA, MINOS and NOvA. The machine delivered an integrated intensity of 6.61 x 1018.

AD personnel investigated aperture restriction in MI-30.

AD personnel worked on the MI-52 Septa system, extraction and beamline tuning.

Fixed-target area: Test Beam Facility
AD personnel worked on tuning beam for the Meson Test experiments in the Fermilab Test Beam Facility.

Fixed-target area: SeaQuest
Experts installed magnets and connected instrumentation in preparation for the startup of the SeaQuest experiment later this month.

View the AD Operations Department schedule.

In the News

President signs helium bill into law

From FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News, Oct. 4, 2013

The White House announced that President Obama has signed the Helium Stewardship Act of 2013 into law. Enactment of this legislation will enable an orderly transition of the management of the Federal Helium Reserve.

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From ESH&Q

Take Five for Goal Zero

Martha Michels

Martha Michels, head of the ESH&Q Section, wrote this column.

Take Five is an important campaign. Taking five minutes to plan work, taking five seconds before action and reflecting on five items after completing a task are smart ways to work. This approach can make all the difference in working safely and minimizing impact to the environment. For me, "taking five" is a conscious choice I make to take the time to think about myself, others and the environment before I act.

With regard to the environment, there are many situations in which one can stop and take a moment to think of ways to minimize impacts. This spring, our Hazard Control Technology Team investigated an alternative technology to minimize spent-solvent waste production, which costs the laboratory money and creates hazardous waste, which we then must properly treat and dispose into the environment. Other ways to take five for the environment include registering at GreenRide to find others with whom to carpool, biking to work, powering down electronics at the end of the day and recycling all that you can.

Everyone at Fermilab can have a positive impact on how our business and research is conducted. Whether it is keeping the environment cleaner or keeping ourselves and others safer, we all have the choice to Take Five. With all the changes occurring at the laboratory, we can become easily distracted. We need to be aware and vigilant of our surroundings as we do our work. Taking five is more important than ever, and we can all benefit from the Take Five campaign.

I encourage you to visit the Take Five Web page for tools and information that will assist you in your everyday work tasks as well as at home and during travel. Also, please share your ideas, suggestions and questions through the Take Five Web page. Everyone is responsible for safety, and your feedback is very important to us.

A final word of congratulations to everyone at the lab for outstanding safety performance in FY13. We ended the year with our lowest injury rate in five years! Continue to work safely and remember to Take Five.

Photos of the Day

Captured by scanner

Steve Krave, TD, captured these images of "Mobius Strip" (top) and Industrial Building 1 (middle) directly using an old flatbed scanner and an added lens-bellows assembly (bottom). He put the lens assembly together with spare parts and hot glue. The setup is similar to old large-format cameras (but this uses much more duct tape). Photos: Steve Krave, TD
Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, Oct. 8

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ESH&Q Section, contains one incident.

An employee cut her left index finger while chopping food.

Find the full report here.


Fermilab public events and lectures canceled

School's Day Out - Oct. 11 and 14

Power Writing Workshop offered Oct. 24

Office of Science's Patricia Dehmer speaks at UChicago - Nov. 5

Writing for Results: Email and More class offered Dec. 11

SPIE digital library online trial at Fermilab

Online access to new textbook by Fermilab's Chris Quigg

Flu vaccination information

Money just got cheaper

Accelerate to a Healthy Lifestyle

NALWO "English Conversation" mornings

Indoor soccer now on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Basketball open gym on Wednesdays

Scottish country dancing Tuesday evenings at Kuhn Barn

International folk dancing Thursday evenings at Kuhn Barn

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey discounts