Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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Tuesday, March 25

9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Joint DES-LSST Workshop - One West
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10:30 a.m.
Research Techniques Seminar (NOTE LOCATION) - WH7XO
Speaker: Anatoly Ronzhin, Fermilab
Title: Development of a New Fast Shower Maximum Detector Based on Micro Channel Plates as an Active Element

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar (NOTE LOCATION) - Curia II
Speakers: CY Tan, Fermilab
Title: PIP I: RFQ Injector

Wednesday, March 26

9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Joint DES-LSST Workshop - One West
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3:30 p.m.


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From DOE Pulse

Daniel Bowring helps spark new designs for accelerators

Daniel Bowring stands next to a magnet in the MuCool Test Area at Fermilab. Photo: Yagmur Torun, APC

Daniel Bowring once considered himself a traveling scientist. He's worked at two national labs almost 3,000 miles apart on separate coasts. Now, Bowring calls DOE's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory home.

The time wandering was well-spent, he said. His college, graduate and postdoctoral experiences at Berkeley Lab and Jefferson Lab helped him realize where he fit in the physics community — accelerator science.

Bowring was awarded a Peoples Fellowship last year, a position for promising early-career accelerator researchers. He began work at Fermilab in October 2013.

The fellowship gives him the chance to develop new particle accelerator technology. Some days, Bowring types away at a keyboard and churns through computer simulations. On other days, he tinkers with gadgets.

"I really enjoy both messing with math and swinging a wrench," Bowring said.

His current research interest lies in normal conducting accelerator cavities. These are hollow copper structures used in accelerators to speed up particles.

Right now, Bowring is trying to solve both a physics and an engineering puzzle. In accelerators, the cavities first speed up the particles, and then magnets focus and steer them. Bowring is working on designs for accelerators that require operating the cavities inside strong magnets, so speeding up and focusing particles occurs all at once.

The cavities are powered by electric fields that oscillate at radio frequencies, and a big challenge is radiofrequency breakdown. This happens when the cavity voltage collapses, causing sparks roughly resembling lightning strikes. The sparks leave craters and pits on the surface of the copper cavity. And when you place the cavity within a strong magnetic field, you get even more sparks.

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Amanda Solliday

Video of the Day

U.S. involvement with the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider

Scientists from U.S. institutions form the single largest national group working on the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. While the location of the accelerator is in Europe, U.S. scientists are an integral part of the effort and have held leadership roles, including in the recent discovery of the Higgs boson. View the video. Video: Fermilab
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Summer at Fermilab

Ruben Carcagno submitted the winning photo for the Fermilab Summer Lecture Series contest. Carcagno's photo will be featured as the background of the lecture series poster. He will also receive a print of his photograph. Photo: Ruben Carcagno, TD
In the News

From "The Godfather" to the "God Particle"

From The Wall Street Journal, March 21, 2014

The camera cuts from the lush beauty of the Swiss countryside to a nearby underground laboratory, where a five-story-tall disc-shaped detector is being lowered into place. The surface of the giant instrument — an elaborate mosaic of metal plates and multicolored connectors — glistens in the light, suggesting both great power and deep mystery.

It is the sort of visual drama you would expect in the opening of a movie by Walter Murch, the Oscar-winning film editor known for his work on "Apocalypse Now," "The Godfather" and "The English Patient." And this is also one of his films — but it is also reality.

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From the Associate Laboratory Director for Computing

Big shoes to fill

Rob Roser

On Feb. 1, I assumed the role of associate lab director for computing and chief information officer (acting), replacing Vicky White, who will concentrate all her energies on the role of chief operating officer.

For more than a decade, Vicky has led the Computing Division, now the Computing Sector. During this decade, she has made remarkable strides developing a computing infrastructure that we now know and take for granted. I could write a long list of accomplishments, but a few select ones will provide a sense of scale. Grid Computing Center did not exist when she took the reins. She built it to address the issue that power and cooling supply was woefully inadequate for us to carry out our mission. Scientists had discussed grid computing as a way to address the problem, but it had not yet taken a foothold here at the lab to mitigate the issue. Vicky consolidated computing across the lab into the Computing Sector and installed a governance structure that is paying dividends. To say our sector reflects her personality is an understatement.

I see my role as carrying Vicky's vision forward and taking it to the next level in terms of services offered and a renewed effort to modernize the way the lab conducts business, on both the science and the operations sides of the house. I don't see a need to make drastic changes. We should build on our strengths and correct those areas in which we, or the laboratory as a whole, are deficient. Our job is harder than ever — our customers are used to IT excellence, whether through purchases at Amazon.com or automated banking. The consumer world has set expectations high, and we will have to double our efforts to meet those expectations where it makes sense to do so.

I am excited about this opportunity to lead the Computing Sector forward. This is an exciting time as Nigel takes the lab into the future with neutrinos and CMS as our primary focuses. Computing will continue to be an important part of Fermilab.

Finally, I would like to thank Vicky for leaving this sector in such good shape. I will do my best to carry her vision forward.

Construction Update

From concept to reality: MC-1 Building exterior nears completion

The MC-1 Building exterior is going up according to plan. Photo: Brian Drendel, AD. Conceptual rendering: Andrew Federowicz, FESS

Whittaker Construction & Excavating Inc. is putting finishing touches on the MC-1 Building with the completion of the exterior enclosure. Beneficial occupancy of the Experimental Hall will be granted in early April. At that time the lab can start installing refrigeration piping and begin preparatory work in anticipation of the Muon g-2 magnet installation later this summer.

Russ Alber

In the News

China to build a huge underground neutrino experiment

From Physics World, March 24, 2014

Work has started on a huge underground neutrino lab in China. The $330m Jiangmen Underground Neutrino Observatory (JUNO) is being built in Kaiping City, Guangdong Province, in the south of the country around 150 km west of Hong Kong. When complete in 2020, JUNO is expected to run for more than 20 years, studying the relationship between the three types of neutrino: electron, muon and tau.

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