Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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Thursday, June 5

11 a.m.
Intensity Frontier Seminar
Speaker: Andre de Gouvea, Northwestern University
Title: Building for Discovery at the Intensity Frontier

Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Duccio Pappadopulo, University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Title: The Low f Multiverse Axion

3 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - WH11NE
Speaker: Jochen Ott, Hamburg University
Title: Practical Statistics

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar (NOTE DATE) - One West
Speaker: Thomas Nicol, Fermilab
Title: Superconducting Cavity Cryomodule Designs for the Next Generation of CW Linacs: Challenges and Options
Speaker: Giorgio Apollinari, Fermilab
Title: High-Field Magnet Development toward Higher-Luminosity Performance of the LHC

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From symmetry

MINOS result narrows field for sterile neutrinos

Data collected at the long-running MINOS experiment stacks evidence against the existence of these theoretical particles. Photo: Reidar Hahn

If you're searching for something that may not exist, and can pass right through matter if it does, then knowing where to look is essential.

That's why the search for so-called sterile neutrinos is a process of elimination. Experiments like Fermilab's MiniBooNE and the Liquid Scintillator Neutrino Detector (LSND) at Los Alamos National Laboratory have published results consistent with the existence of these theoretical particles. But a new result from the long-running MINOS experiment announced this week severely limits the area in which they could be found and casts more doubt on whether they exist at all.

Scientists have observed three types or "flavors" of neutrinos — muon, electron and tau neutrinos — through their interactions with matter. If there are other types, as some scientists have theorized, they do not interact with matter, and the search for them has become one of the hottest and most contentious topics in neutrino physics. MINOS, located at Fermilab with a far detector in northern Minnesota, has been studying neutrinos since 2005, with an eye toward collecting data on neutrino oscillation over long distances.

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Andre Salles

Press Release

Bison, birds and bugs at Fermilab's Family Outdoor Fair on June 8

Learn about Fermilab's prairie ecology at the Family Outdoor Fair. Photo: Cindy Arnold

What could be better than spending a fun-filled day outdoors and learning about natural science at the same time?

For the seventh year in a row, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory is inviting families and scout troops to attend the Family Outdoor Fair on Sunday, June 8, from 1-4 p.m. The fair takes place outside the Lederman Science Center and highlights the plant and animal life found on the 6,800-acre Fermilab site in Batavia.

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Michelle Gleason retires after four decades at Fermilab

Michelle Gleason

Michelle Gleason has served Fermilab for the last 40 years. Now she is retiring. Her last day is June 6.

Before coming to Fermilab, Gleason worked in commercial art in the Chicagoland area. That was right after college. She then moved to Aspen, Colorado, to work and to be a "part-time ski bum." After a couple of years, she decided she needed a "real job with a pension plan," so she returned to the Chicago suburbs to look for work.

"I was fortunate to get hired at Fermilab," she said. "Mom always said to learn how to type — it will come in handy."

Gleason began at Fermilab as a clerk in the payroll office and later worked as a secretary in the Neutron Therapy Facility. She then moved over to DZero, in the experiment's very early years.

Her final Fermilab destination was the Director's Office, where she worked for the last three directors and members of the directorate.

"If you work here, you already know that this is a unique place to be," Gleason said. "It has been exhilarating to play even a small part in what goes on here. The world-class science, engineering and computing are amazing. My friends from all over the country will often send a note and say they heard about some exciting thing happening at Fermilab."

Gleason will continue to be a part of the Fermilab Golf League and hopes to improve her game during retirement. She plans to do some fly fishing at the ponds on site and to enjoy the natural beauty of the grounds. She'll also return to painting and creating things with her hands.

"Learning to tie flies will be one thing on the agenda," she said. "I'm very much looking forward to retirement."

Still, she will miss the people she's met and the good times she's had at the lab.

"I have met so many wonderful people and characters through this job," Gleason said. "There have been some pretty memorable parties, too."

Photo of the Day

Work on wood

A carpenter bee is hard at work at Site 38.These bees are at other buildings on site as well. Photo: Dennis Loppnow, FESS
In the News

Chicago area wins preferred status for federal investment

From Chicago Tribune, May 29, 2014

Federal officials have designated the Chicago area as one of 12 preferred regions nationwide that can apply for a slice of $1.3 billion in funding to invest in manufacturing.

Chicago's leadership in metal fabrication — the area has 3,700 firms with a combined $30 billion in annual revenue — gave it an edge in the competition, said Herman Brewer, chief of Cook County's economic development bureau. Seventy communities applied.

"We're now poised to take that next big step," Brewer said. "You hear people talk about retraining. Well, manufacturing is changing; there are a lot of new technologies. … A lot of that is going to occur here in this region if we're prepared. This allows us to get people prepared in a way that addresses the future problems of manufacturing."

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From the Particle Physics Division

Experiment Installation Group's tools of the trade

John Voirin

John Voirin, Experiment Installation Group leader, wrote this column.

Tools are a reflection of our power to control our environment, symbols of human empowerment. Humans make and use tools to enhance our own skills and energies.

The PPD Experiment Installation Group has a wide variety of tools at its disposal, and they all eventually come into play as we work to fulfill the lab's mission. Over the years our group has installed many experiments: KTeV, MINOS, MINERvA, ArgoNeuT and SeaQuest, to name a few.

The recent installation of the NOvA near detector provides a great example of the large array of tools required a successful outcome. A few of the tools in that kit were a crane capable of lifting 15 tons, a fork truck that could transport 20 tons, slings, shackles, hydraulic pumps and house jacks. In a choreographed effort, many skilled professionals used these tools of the trade, including the most important two possessed by humans: brains and hands.

The task of wielding tools brings with it an awesome responsibility to use them correctly and safely. PPD provides numerous means to do this: safety experts, hazard and risk analyses, mitigation steps, measurement standards, training plans and databases. Equally important is the skill and knowledge that each member of the team brings to work every day.

The actual installation of these experiments is where the rubber meets the road. Good coordination and communication is the key. When the crane lifts and the bars pry, the hammer swings, and the level is used to position things just so. This is when the knowledge we have and the tools we use, with the support of safety, effective engineering and our training, allows us to feel the sense of accomplishment when we do the seemingly impossible.

Although the group was established to support PPD's physical experiment installations, we provide support for many other lab tasks when called upon and when our tools and expertise are a good fit. We have unstacked and restacked shield blocks for the new test beamline and installed magnets and camera systems in the Industrial Complex.

We continue to expand our usefulness to PPD and the rest of the lab by adding equipment to our arsenal. Our recently purchased 2012 mobile TEREX crane (which replaces a 1982 Grove model), and the specialty training that went with the acquisition will allow us to better provide for the upcoming needs of the Muon Campus, short-baseline neutrino experiments and more. We have already rigged a replacement generator at MINOS and a MICE radio-frequency cavity into the MuCool Test Area as well as NOvA test blocks and the MicroBooNE midlevel platform.

After our jobs are done, other talented people show up with their tools to move the projects forward in their quest to better understand what our universe is made of.

Tim Griffin (right) finishes connecting a large vacuum pump to the MicroBooNE vessel while Jim Kilmer discusses the controls schematics with Dan Markley. Photo courtesy of John Voirin
Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, June 3

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

Debris flew into an employee's eye while he was changing a filter, resulting in a corneal abrasion. He was prescribed antibiotics.

A contractor neglected to put his truck into park. The truck ran through the roll-up door at Lab 4.

While unwrapping an accelerator cavity shipped here from another laboratory, a Fermilab employee noticed the smell of gas. He immediately rewrapped the cavity. The incident is being investigated.

Find the full report here.


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