Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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Wednesday, May 28

8 a.m.-6:45 p.m.
Muon Accelerator Program 2014 Spring Meeting - Wilson Hall
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3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Jean-Pierre Delahaye, CERN and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Title: Concepts for a Staged Muon Accelerator Facility

Thursday, May 29

8:15 a.m.-6:15 p.m.
Muon Accelerator Program 2014 Spring Meeting - Wilson Hall
Register in person

2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Katrin Gemmler, Fermilab
Title: Flavored Dark Matter Beyond the Minimal Flavor Violation Hypothesis

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar (NOTE DATE) - One West
Speaker: Paul Soler, University of Glasgow
Title: Evolution of the Neutrino Factory Concept: From IDS-NF to nuSTORM and NuMAXs

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Wednesday, May 28

- Breakfast: breakfast strata
- Breakfast: ham, egg and cheese English muffin
- Sloppy joe
- Smart cuisine: baked Cajun catfish
- Country fried steak
- Italian antipasto sandwich
- Shrimp and crab scampi
- Vegetarian harvest moon vegetable soup
- Texas-style chili
- Assorted calzones with marinara

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, May 28
- Santorini salad with grilled shrimp
- Lemon Napoleon

Friday, May 30
- Melon and prosciutto
- Medallions of beef with madeira mushroom sauce
- Potatoes gratin
- Asparagus
- Chocolate souffle

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Special Announcement

All-hands meeting - today at 9:30 a.m. in Auditorium

An all-hands meeting will take place today at 9:30 a.m. in Ramsey Auditorium. Director Nigel Lockyer will discuss the P5 report and how Fermilab's scientific program will align with the 10-year plan. The meeting will be streamed live.

From Quantum Diaries

Out with the old: Fermilab accelerator magnet adorns Google Chicago's office

Dan Yocum, left, formerly of Fermilab, shakes hands with Google's Brian Fitzpatrick in front of a quadrupole magnet's new home in Google's Chicago offices. Photo: Troy Dawson

Fermilab does a good job of recycling — from the ubiquitous blue trash cans to electromagnets to — in my case — employees. I myself left Fermilab in 1999 only to recycle back to the Experimental Astrophysics Group in 2000 to work on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey before leaving again in 2012.

When news of the Tevatron's decommissioning reached Brian Fitzpatrick, head of software engineering in the Chicago offices of Google, he sent me a short email lamenting the Tevatron closure. He included a request for a souvenir to display in Google's Chicago offices. Brian and I met when he came to Fermilab to give a computing seminar talk on MapReduce and BigTable several years ago. We have remained in touch ever since, so I gladly accepted the challenge.

My next stop was the office of Accelerator Division head Roger Dixon. We discussed the possibility of acquiring something from the Tevatron for Google and conferred briefly with scientist Todd Johnson. We settled on a quadrupole steering magnet.

But getting a magnet out of the Tevatron was out of the question since the magnet would be slightly radioactive. As a rule, Fermilab's safety section and the Department of Energy never let even slightly activated material leave the site to be recycled. But hope was not lost, and Roger suggested I speak with Dave Harding, then deputy head of the Technical Division, to see if there were any spare magnets in storage. Off I went to find Dave.

Dave determined that there were indeed several magnets that were clean and in storage because they had been determined to be flawed during post-manufacture testing. One man's trash is another man's treasure. I had hit pay dirt!

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Dan Yocum

Photo of the Day

What happened to this spider?

This daddy longlegs lost his life in the Tevatron tunnel. It isn't clear what has happened to it since then. Thoughts are welcome. Photo: Gary Lauten, AD
In the News

How to make matter from light? Physicists propose ingenious tool (+video)

From The Christian Science Monitor, May 20, 2014

Converting light into matter may sound like alchemy, but it's a natural outcome of physics — one that scientists have been demonstrating to varying degrees for decades. Now, a team of European physicists is proposing a way to do it much more simply.

If the approach works as the researcher's initial calculations suggest, the results are unlikely [to] immediately answer any vexing question, physicists say. The fundamental science behind the process of turning light to matter is already well understood. But it would be a new tool in physicists' toolkit.

Currently, the process of getting packets of light, known as photons, to collide and make particles can be a complicated business, requiring a few tricks. But the new technology might enable a range of new experiments, which could lead to unexpected answers or uses.

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In the News

The Cognitive Art of Feynman Diagrams

From WFMT, May 25, 2014

Edward Tufte is an American statistician and an informational graphics master. He has written and self-publisheed four award-winning analytical design books, and is professor emeritus of political science, statistics, and computer science at Yale University, where he teaches courses on presenting data and information. Additionally, Tufte is a sculptor whose works have been shown in Connecticut, New York City, Los Angeles. Now through June 26 at the Fermilab Art Gallery in Wilson Hall, Tufte's three-dimensional steel sculptures of 1940s diagrams by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman are on display in an installation titled The Cognitive Art of Feynman Diagrams.

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Modernizing our power infrastructure

Kent Collins

Kent Collins, acting head of the Facilities Engineering Services Section, wrote this column.

Next summer FESS will start demolition and replacement of the high-voltage electrical Master Substation service building.

Incoming power from the Commonwealth Edison transmission lines on the east perimeter of the Fermilab site is conducted southward on the Bob Wilson-designed pi-pole line to the substation. It is transformed from 345-kilovolt to 13.8-kilovolt service in the substation yard transformers, and it is metered and switched to the numerous underground distribution feeders from the orange Master Substation service building.

This critical facility served as the sole substation until an additional, modern sister facility was constructed on Kautz Road in 1995 to serve the Main Injector.

The 45-year-old equipment in the building is at the end of service life and is technologically obsolete. While we've continually replaced underground feeders and other critical components as they've failed, equipment in the substation has not been upgraded.

To enable this project, FESS is installing additional switches and underground cabling to allow operation of the Fermilab site from Kautz Road substation. This requires power outages on various feeders this summer and fall and two sitewide outages to test the Kautz Road substation reconfiguration under load. Other electrical work will also require three weekend outages for Wilson Hall, another outage over a weekend this fall, during which there will be no air conditioning in Wilson Hall, and a three week high-voltage outage next spring at the Central Helium Liquefier facility.

The schedules are not yet finalized for these outages, but the tentative plans are as follows:

  • July and August - Main Ring feeder replacement
  • Sept. 6-7 - Linac outage
  • Sept. 13-14 - CUB outage
  • Oct. 18-19 - Wilson Hall power outage
  • Oct. 20 - Kautz Road Substation testing starts
  • Oct. 25-26 - Wilson Hall power outage
  • Nov. 1-2 - Wilson Hall power outage
  • April 1-15, 2015 - CHL outage
  • September 2014-January 2016 - Giese Road Substation outage
Next year FESS will begin replacing the Master Substation service building, pictured, which is at its end of service. Photo: Russ Alber, FESS
In Brief

Queen's University researchers visit Fermilab

On Friday, Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer hosted Steven Liss (left) and Charles Sumbler (right), both from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. A visit to the Fermilab Art Gallery was part of their tour of the laboratory. Photo: Kurt Riesselmann

On May 23, Steven Liss, Vice Principal (Research) at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and Charles Sumbler, director of the Office of the Vice Principal (Research), visited Fermilab. Liss is a member of the Board of Management of TRIUMF laboratory in Vancouver and chair of its Technology Transfer committee. They met with Bob Kephart and other Fermilab staff to talk about Fermilab's plans for the new Illinois Accelerator Research Center. Later in the day they took a tour of Fermilab, which included a visit to the Industrial Center Building, the Advanced Superconducting Test Accelerator at NML and the neutrino experiments in the Minos hall.

Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, May 27

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ESH&Q Section, contains no incidents.

Find the full report here.


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