Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013

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Tuesday, Oct. 22

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Alexey Burov, Fermilab
Title: Nested Head-Tail Vlasov Solver: a New Powerful Program for Transverse Beam Stability Analysis

Wednesday, Oct. 23

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Chris Hill, Fermilab
Title: What is the Higgs Telling Us?

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Tuesday, Oct. 22

- Breakfast: All-American breakfast
- Breakfast: bacon, egg and cheese bagel
- Grilled reuben sandwich
- Smart cuisine: portobello and peppers over soft polenta
- Beef stew in a bread bowl
- Grilled-chicken Caesar jazz salad wrap
- Pork carnitas soft tacos
- Split pea with ham soup
- Chef's choice soup
- Assorted pizza by the slice

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, Oct. 23
- Crispy salmon
- Spiced lentils
- Baked apples with calvados
- Custard sauce

Friday, Oct. 25

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Fermilab Arts Series presents the Stars of Dance Chicago - Saturday, Nov. 9 in Ramsey

The Stars of Dance Chicago performs at Fermilab in Ramsey Auditorium on Saturday, Nov. 9.

The Stars of Dance Chicago returns to Fermilab with a whole new line-up of accomplished artists but with the same excitement and variety of dance styles. The performances take place on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium.

The Stars of Dance Chicago is an international touring group of Chicago's most vibrant dancers, choreographers and dance masters selected by Artistic Director John Schmitz to represent Dance Chicago.

"They perform a dizzying premiere showcase where ballet mingles with jazz, modern mixes into hip-hop and tap bursts onto the scene in a brilliant kaleidoscope of dance," Schmitz stated. "These choreographers aren't trying to reinvent the wheel — they've found new ways of making it roll."

The tour's last visit to Fermilab brought 11 dynamic companies, and this presentation promises the same artistry and sense of exhilaration. The lineup of talent to take the stage includes Trinity Irish Dancers, Mexican Dance Ensemble, Michelle Nasicmento performing flamenco, Lira Polish Dancers, Tommye Giacchino Ballroom & Latin Dance, Kate Jablonski Statement, Beyond Words Dance Company, NoMi LaMad Dance Company, The Hit Factory, and Tres Dumas and Jus'LisTeN.

Tickets are $28, $14 for those ages 18 and under. For more information or to make reservations, visit the Fermilab Arts Series Web page or call 630-840-2787.

Photo of the Day

When it rains it pours

During heavy rains, the crease in the roof at BEG creates this waterfall. Photo: Barb Kristen, PPD
Accelerator Update

Accelerator update, Oct. 21

Proton Source
AD personnel performed maintenance and tuning studies as needed.

Main Injector/NuMI
Between Oct. 14 and 21, the Main Injector provided 121 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 5.01 x 1018 protons on target.

AD personnel repaired a vacuum leak in MI-604 and continued troubleshooting the MI-52B Septa system, along with other maintenance work.

On Oct. 18, AD increased the rate at which a neutrino beam pulse is sent to Minnesota from once every 1.73 seconds to once every 1.67 seconds. Before the shutdown, the repetition rate was 2.067 seconds.

AD personnel, with assistance from the alignment group, continued work on the Recycler aperture. They identified an aperture restriction at a welded area in the beam pipe, and it will be addressed during the next access.

AD personnel worked on 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. Experiment T-1036 was installed in M03.

Fixed-target area: SeaQuest
Experts installed magnets and connected instrumentation in preparation for the startup of the SeaQuest experiment. They also began pumping down the berm pipe.

View the AD Operations Department schedule.

In the News

Small really is beautiful

From The Economist, Oct. 19, 2013

Big science tends to get bigger with time. The first modern particle accelerator, Ernest Lawrence's cyclotron, was 10 cm across and thus fitted comfortably on a benchtop. It cost (admittedly at 1932 prices) $25. Its latest successor, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), has a diameter of 8.6 km (5.3 miles) and does not even fit in one country: it straddles the border between France and Switzerland, near Geneva. It cost $5 billion. Clearly, this is a trend that cannot continue. And two groups of physicists, one American and one German, think they know how to stop it. Their suggestion, which (if it works) will benefit not only physics but also cancer treatment, is to cease making accelerators out of metal and start making them out of glass.

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In the News

Hairy black hole could show gaps in Einstein's theory

From New Scientist, Oct. 1, 2013

It sounds like the stuff of nightmares: feed a black hole, and it might just sprout hair. That's the bizarre-sounding conclusion of calculations for the way black holes behave when they consume matter. Though the hair is metaphorical, the results could open a window into physics beyond the traditional picture of the universe.

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From ESH&Q

FAQs on GreenRide and green commuting

ESH&Q's David Baird and Matt Quinn carpool to Fermilab. Currently, three parking spaces close to the entrance of Wilson Hall are available for carpoolers. Photo: Katie Kosirog, ESH&Q

You may have noticed the recent signs on the west side of Wilson Hall that say, "Car Pool Parking." You may also have heard of GreenRide Connect through Fermilab Today or the Sustainability website. These actions are part of Fermilab's new initiatives to assist employees in greening their commute and decreasing the lab's overall carbon footprint. The ESH&Q Section has received questions regarding this topic, and the answers to some of these are given below. If you have any additional questions after reading through these FAQs, please email Katie Kosirog.

Q: What is GreenRide Connect?
A: It is a database that enables you to track your commute. You can also find potential car pool partners and track your reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and cost savings in gasoline if you use alternative commuting methods. Also, if you prefer to bike to work with others, you can find bike groups.

Q: How do I sign up for GreenRide Connect, and how long will it take to register?
A: Go to the GreenRide website and click on the link to register. It will take less than 10 minutes to sign up.

Q: Why should I sign up for GreenRide Connect, especially if I don't want to carpool?
A: You do not have to carpool if you sign up for GreenRide. You can just track your commute to become more aware of the amount of greenhouse gas you emit during your commute as well as the expense of the commute.

Q: Are there any other reasons to sign up for GreenRide?
A: You might want to sign up because you never know if you are going to have car trouble and will need to find a ride to work one day.

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Katie Kosirog

Construction Update

Paneling IARC lecture hall

The IARC OTE building's lecture hall walls will be covered with fabric-wrapped acoustical panels. Photo: Cindy Arnold

Final finish work at the IARC Office, Technical and Education Building is moving along very nicely. While crews are busy paving and landscaping outside the building, work continues on the interior as well. This includes installation of the fabric-wrapped acoustical panels in the new 175-person lecture hall, pictured above.

From symmetry

CERN experiment aids climate research

Information gained through a CERN experiment that combines particle physics and atmospheric chemistry will help scientists create better climate models. Photo: CERN

CERN's fundamental physics research helps us solve the mysteries of our universe. Now, even our understanding of the sky is a little clearer thanks to a new result from CERN's CLOUD experiment.

The CLOUD experiment recently uncovered a reaction that creates tiny particles that form the seeds for clouds. This discovery, published in Nature on Oct. 7, could help scientists build better climate models.

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Sarah Charley


Today's New Announcements

English country Halloween dance with live music at Kuhn Barn - Oct. 27

Scottish country dancing returns to Kuhn Barn Tuesday evenings

International folk dancing returns to Kuhn Barn Thursday evenings

Zumba Fitness - starts today

Zumba Toning - starts Oct. 24

Fermilab Family Halloween Party - Oct. 25

Deadline for Wilson Fellowship application - Nov. 1

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

Heartland Fermilab walk-in blood drive - Nov. 5 and 6

Stars of Dance Chicago - Fermilab Arts Series - Nov. 9

Physics Slam 2013 - Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series - Nov. 15

Lepton flavor violation course in lecture series

Donate winter wear for Fermilab Coat Exchange

New wireless guest network service now available

SPIE digital library online trial at Fermilab

Money just got cheaper

Accelerate to a Healthy Lifestyle

Indoor soccer on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Basketball open gym on Wednesdays

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey discounts