Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014

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Wednesday, Jan. 15

3:30 p.m.


Thursday, Jan. 16

11 a.m.
Academic Lecture Series - One West
Speaker: Stephen Parke, Fermilab
Title: Neutrinos — Not Just Missing ET (Part 2)

2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Ryuichiro Kitano, KEK/Sokendai
Title: Emergent Higgs

3:30 p.m.

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Final block of NOvA near detector in place

Members of the NOvA crew put the final NOvA near-detector block into place in the Minos cavern. Photo: Cindy Arnold

Since June, crews have been assembling the massive NOvA near detector in the Minos cavern, located 350 feet underground at Fermilab. On Friday, Jan. 10, the final 21,000-pound plastic block of that detector was put into place, signaling a significant milestone in what will be one of the largest and most sophisticated neutrino experiments in the world.

Construction of the near detector began in June, after the excavation of the NOvA cavern was completed in May. The detector consists of a muon catcher and eight PVC blocks standing 15 feet high and wide and about 6 feet deep. Each block was assembled at the CDF assembly building, driven to Minos on a truck and then carefully lowered down an open shaft to the cavern floor, where workers wheeled it into place.

In the coming months, the near detector will be filled with liquid scintillator and wired with the sensors needed to take neutrino data. It will weigh about 300 tons. Meanwhile, in northern Minnesota, construction is nearly complete on the 14,000-ton far detector, and the NOvA experiment is already receiving a beam of neutrinos from Fermilab's Main Injector.

Photo of the Day

Toward better beam extraction

New projects bring to Fermilab new technological challenges and new solutions. One of those new technologies is the electrostatic septum made with very thin tungsten foils. Electrostatic septa are used in slow beam extraction to separate the circulating and extracted beams. At Fermilab, slow extraction has traditionally taken place as the beam is sent from the Main Injector to the Switchyard. In the standard technology, the septum plane is made as a layer of 100-micrometer tungsten wires. A challenge of the Mu2e project is slow extraction of protons with average beam power of 8 kilowatts. One of the solutions is the new design of the septum. The photo shows a mock-up for studying 25-micrometer tungsten foils under measurement with the laser scanning microscope at the Technical Division. Photo: Reidar Hahn
In Brief

ICFA Neutrino Panel town meeting at Fermilab takes place Jan. 30-31

The ICFA Neutrino Panel invites members of the neutrino community to a town meeting at Fermilab Jan. 30-31. View agenda and registration details.

Interregional collaboration and cooperation are becoming increasingly important for planning and executing the future accelerator-based neutrino program. The meeting is one of three regional town meetings arranged to gather community input to help the panel promote international cooperation in the program's development.

The Asian regional town meeting was held in Kashiwa City in November. The European town meeting was held in Paris last week. The meeting at Fermilab, the last of the three, is the Americas town meeting and is open to members of the neutrino community from all three regions.

In the News

Saving energy saves money

From, Jan. 2, 2014

At the beginning of every new year, millions of Americans make New Year's resolutions, which inevitably are forgotten by the end of January. This year, forget making a New Year's resolution. Instead make a home energy efficiency resolution.

Need some ideas on resolutions to make your home more energy efficient? To get you started, I consulted with our experts in the Building Technologies Office — who work on developing innovative, cost-effective solutions to saving energy — to create a list of the top ways to save energy and money at home. They came up with eight strategies all homeowners should adopt to lower their energy bills no matter the time of the year or their price range.

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In the News

CASPAR seeks home on the 4850 Level

From Sanford Underground Research Facility's Deep Thoughts, Jan. 13, 2014

The quiet of the underground makes Sanford Lab a perfect place for experiments that need to escape cosmic rays. The Large Underground Xenon (LUX) experiment, Majorana Demonstrator and Center for Ultra-low Background experiments in the Dakotas (CUBeD) all benefit from the low background noise on the 4850L. Soon the Compact Accelerator System for Performing Astrophysical Research (CASPAR) will be there as well.

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From the Scientific Computing Division

Intensity Frontier experiments develop insatiable appetite

Rob Roser

Rob Roser, head of the Scientific Computing Division, wrote this column.

The neutrino and muon experiments at Fermilab are getting more demanding! They have reached a level of sophistication and precision that the present computing resources available at Fermilab are no longer sufficient to handle. The solution: The Scientific Computing Division is now introducing grid and cloud services to satisfy those experiments' appetite for large amounts of data and computing time.

An insatiable appetite for computing resources is not new to Fermilab. Both Tevatron experiments as well as the CMS experiment require computing resources that far exceed our on-site capacity to successfully perform their science. As a result the scientific collaborations have been working closely with us over many years to leverage computing capabilities at the universities and other laboratories. Now, the demand from our Intensity Frontier experiments has reached this level.

The Scientific Computing Services quadrant under the leadership of Margaret Votava has worked very hard over the past year with various computing organizations to provide experiments with the capability to run their software at remote locations, transfer data and bring the results back to Fermilab.

To tell this story, I have to start with FermiGrid and the Open Science Grid (OSG for short). FermiGrid is our local on-site grid, which enables sharing of computing resources locally between US CMS, Tevatron Run II, the Intensity Frontier experiments and all other Fermilab users. The OSG is a consortium of scientists and computing experts who collaborate on cyber-infrastructure and software tools to support scientists from many disciplines and enable them to run their scientific software across the nationally distributed "fabric" of high-throughput computational services — the grid — on more than 100 sites in the United States. While FermiGrid allows us to use all our local computing resources to the hilt, the availability of opportunistically sharing computing throughout the country is of great benefit to the new generation of Intensity Frontier experiments.

While OSG provides the toolkit and expertise, that alone does not define success. SCD computing experts provide a job submission tool to make it easy to submit jobs off site. They configure network-based file systems to make it easy to deliver software in a fast, scalable and reliable fashion. They provide the functionality to move data from the remote sites back to Fermilab so that experimenters can use it. SCD experts are also investigating the use of computing clouds like Amazon's (yes, the same Amazon you buy stuff from) to provide additional computing resources when demand is extremely high, like the crunch time before a major conference.

NOvA is the first of the modern Intensity Frontier experiments to make use of off-site grid resources and clouds. Now work is under way to get others — including Muon g-2, MicroBooNE, Mu2e and LBNE — at a similar level of sophistication in the coming months.

The Intensity Frontier experiments may be demanding, but by collaborating with them as well as our colleagues in the Energy Frontier and the DOE- and NSF-funded OSG, the Scientific Computing Division has the ability to satisfy that demand.

Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, Jan. 14

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

An employee slipped and twisted his ankle while walking down some stairs. He received first-aid treatment.

An employee slipped in the parking lot. No treatment was necessary.

An employee slipped on black ice on her way to her car. No treatment was necessary.

Find the full report here.


Supersmart Super Computers - Pete Beckman, Argonne - Jan. 17

Dirty Dozen Brass Band - Fermilab Arts Series - Jan. 25

Chicago Brass Quintet - Fermilab Gallery Chamber Series - Jan. 26

Earned Value Management course offered Jan. 28, 29

ICFA Neutrino Panel town meeting - Jan. 30-31

Free introductory yoga classes Feb. 3, 6

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Float holiday - 2014

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Free weekly Tai Chi Easy, Integral Tai Chi/Qigong classes

English country dancing at Kuhn Barn

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International folk dancing meets Thursday evenings at Kuhn Barn

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