Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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Tuesday, March 4

11 a.m.
Academic Lecture Series - One West
Speaker: Albert Stebbins, Fermilab
Title: Cosmic Relic Radiation: The Nearly Thermal Universe

3 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - WH11NE
Speaker: Sally Dawson, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Title: Higgs Couplings

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Matt Slabaugh and John Reid, Fermilab
Title: Booster RF System Upgrades for 15-Hz Operation

Wednesday, March 5

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Duncan Brown, Syracuse University
Title: Gravitational Waves: A New Frontier in Astrophysics

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From symmetry

"Particle Fever" opens in the United States

"Particle Fever," a documentary that follows scientists involved in research at the Large Hadron Collider, opens this week in select theaters across the United States. Photo courtesy of ATLAS experiment

Editor's note: "Particle Fever" will open at the AMC Showplace Naperville 16 and the Music Box Theatre in Chicago on Friday, March 14.

Wish you could have witnessed the euphoria and excitement rippling through the CERN Control Center when the Large Hadron Collider first turned on? Or been in the room when the discovery of the Higgs boson was announced?

The creators of the new documentary "Particle Fever," which opens in select U.S. theaters this week, had the good fortune to capture both on film, giving viewers a front seat to history. The film has received awards and accolades at the dozen or so international film festivals and events where it has already been shown.

"Particle Fever" is a narrative that follows six scientists from shortly before the LHC turned on through the discovery of the Higgs boson. Directed by Mark Levinson and edited by Oscar-winner Walter Murch, the film integrates the science behind particle physics with personal stories from theorists in the United States and experimentalists at CERN.

"The idea was to try to show science as it is actually, really done," Levinson says. "Science is typically not depicted very realistically in cinema and media. With this film, we had the opportunity to do something unique."

Johns Hopkins University physicist David Kaplan, who studied film before switching to physics, developed the idea to make a documentary about the LHC in 2007. "We really didn't know which way the field was going to go," he says. "A class of people had been waiting their entire lives for this one moment. After talking with family and friends, it was clear that someone should record this event."

Kaplan was balancing a budding career in physics with his family life and unable to devote himself to the film full-time. But then Levinson, a director with a doctoral degree in particle physics from the University of California, Berkeley, heard about Kaplan's idea during a meeting with potential investors for a different project. He was in.

For the next seven years, with funding from the National Science Foundation, Johns Hopkins and private investors, Kaplan and Levinson worked together closely to transform this idea into a one-of-a-kind documentary. Levinson — whose film background consists of dramatic narratives — had one requirement.

"I did not want to make a science documentary about particle physics," Levinson says. "I wanted to make a dramatic character-oriented film that could engage people in a unique period in the history of science."

Kaplan agreed with this approach. "The goal was to portray science in a way we don't usually see it: as a human endeavor," he says. "People get blocked by the technical aspects, which take a lot of time explain. We wanted to give people the experience of being a scientist and use the physics to supplement the narrative."

Levinson and a small crew consisting of a cinematographer and a sound person filmed scientists in Europe and the United States from August 2008 through the announcement of the discovery of the Higgs boson on July 4, 2012. They followed LHC Operations Manager Mike Lamont, former ATLAS experiment leader Fabiola Gianotti, Stanford physicist Savas Dimopoulos, University of Heidelberg physicist Monica Dunford, CERN physicist Martin Aleksa, and Institute for Advanced Study physicist Nima Arkani-Hamed.

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Sarah Charley

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Reminder: 2013 Health Care Reimbursement Account

Have you used all of your 2013 Health Care Reimbursement Account funds?

Employees with a 2013 Health Care or Dependent Care reimbursement account must spend the remaining balance by the end of the plan year for each account: Health care expenses to be reimbursed with the 2013 Health Care Reimbursement Accounts must be incurred by March 15, 2014. Dependent Care expenses for 2013 must have been incurred by Dec. 31, 2013. Claims for both types of accounts must be submitted to the plan administrator, Payflex, by April 30, 2014. Any flexible spending account contributions remaining after the deadline will be forfeited.

Employees can submit flexible spending claims to PayFlex online at www.healthhub.com or via fax 402-231-4310. If this is your first time using the online system, the employee ID number that you are required to enter is your Fermilab ID number, with no leading zero and no "N". The Fermi group number is 121378. Employees can review a list of eligible expenses, current balances and claims paid online.

If you have questions regarding the FSA debit card, debit card substantiation requests or tips on using the PayFlex online tool, view this FSA PowerPoint presentation.

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Director's Corner

Neutrino news

Fermilab Director
Nigel Lockyer

This month, we moved a step closer to completing on time and on budget the most ambitious construction project that Fermilab has taken on in the last 10 years, the NOvA experiment. The construction of this project started in 2009. With the help of the Department of Energy, the University of Minnesota, Caltech and many other institutions and funding agencies, all detector modules are now in place. The first segments in Ash River are recording neutrinos from Fermilab accelerator complex. The remainder of the work will be finished this summer. This is a major achievement for everybody involved, and I thank you for your work and dedication.

This is just the first of many steps we'll be taking this year to advance experiments that will help us answer the big scientific questions in neutrino research. In May, we will start operating our accelerator complex in a new high-intensity mode, using the Recycler in routine slip stacking mode, to produce more intense proton beams in our Main Injector accelerator and create more neutrinos for NOvA. Our Accelerator Division successfully tested the new operations mode earlier this month, and our goal is to produce by the end of this fiscal year a world record beam power of 550 kilowatts for the production of high-energy neutrinos.

This spring the MicroBooNE collaboration will move its neutrino detector, about the size of a Midwest grain silo turned on its side, to its final location in the Booster beamline here at Fermilab. Using the latest liquid-argon technologies, MicroBooNE will serve as a crucial testing ground for many aspects of our flagship neutrino project, the Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment. The physics of MicroBooNE is aimed at resolving the low-mass neutrino anomalies.

The LBNE collaboration continues to gain momentum: The collaboration is growing and now comprises 475 scientists from 81 institutions. The operation of the 35-ton LBNE prototype cryostat earlier this year exceeded all technical requirements, and now more tests are planned. Everything is going in the right direction.

We are on track to making this a very successful year for neutrino physics at Fermilab as we prepare for an exciting future. I thank you all for doing your part in moving us forward.

Photo of the Day

Happy birthday, Robert Wilson

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Fermilab's first director, Robert Wilson. Here he breaks ground for the Main Ring. Photo: Fermilab
In the News

LBNE prototype cryostat exceeds goals

From CERN Courier, Feb. 24, 2014

Scientists and engineers working on the design of the particle detector for the Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment (LBNE) celebrated a major success in January. They showed that very large cryostats for liquid-argon-based neutrino detectors can be built using industry-standard technology normally employed for the storage of liquefied natural gas. The 35-tonne prototype system satisfies LBNE's stringent purity requirement on oxygen contamination in argon of less than 200 parts per trillion (ppt) — a level that the team could maintain stably.

The purity of liquid argon is crucial for the proposed LBNE time-projection chamber (TPC), which will feature wire planes that collect electrons from an approximately 3.5 m drift region. Oxygen and other electronegative impurities in the liquid can absorb ionization electrons created by charged particles emerging from neutrino interactions and prevent them from reaching the TPC's signal wires.

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Interaction Management course - March 6, 13 and 20

Rembrandt Chamber Players - Gallery Chamber Series - March 9

Society of Philosophy Club meets March 13

URA Thesis Award competition deadline - March 20

Photography contest - through March 21

Martial arts

International folk dancing meets Thursday evenings at Kuhn Barn

Scottish country dancing meets Tuesday evenings at Kuhn Barn

English country dancing at Kuhn Village Barn

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