Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014

Tuesday, Aug. 5

10:30 a.m.
Research Techniques Seminar (NOTE LOCATION) - WH8XO
Speaker: Kim Siang Khaw, ETH Zurich
Title: Towards Next-Generation Fundamental Precision Measurements with Muons

12:05 p.m.
Undergraduate Lecture Series (NOTE START TIME, LOCATION) - Auditorium
Speaker: Tia Miceli, Fermilab
Title: Neutrinos: The Ghosts of the Universe

3:30 p.m.


Wednesday, Aug. 6

2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar (NOTE DATE, TIME, LOCATION) - One East
Speaker: Marcelle Soares-Santos
Title: Understanding Cosmic Acceleration with DES and Beyond

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Mark Anastasio, Washington University
Title: Recent Advances in Bioimaging

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AURA awarded support by the National Science Foundation to begin constructing LSST

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope will image the sky for 10 years, sharpening our understanding of the universe. Image: LSST

Editor's note: The official startup of the $473 million Large Synoptic Survey Telescope project was announced on Monday (see press release below). The initiation of LSST construction represents the next step in a journey to map the cosmos in order to understand fundamental physics. The National Science Foundation is the project's lead federal agency and supports the central project office, the telescope, site, data management and education and public outreach elements of the project. The Department of Energy provides the camera and related instrumentation.

Fermilab has played major roles in the construction and operation of two predecessor survey projects, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and the Dark Energy Survey, and expects to play key roles in the LSST project as well. Fermilab astrophysicist Josh Frieman serves on the LSST corporate executive board, and Fermilab scientist Scott Dodelson coordinates Fermilab's role in the science collaboration. From software development to operations to scientific analysis, Fermilab has expertise that will be valuable to the LSST project. The laboratory hosted a joint DES/LSST workshop in March. LSST will begin full science operations in 2022. DOE's contributions are managed by SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) agreed on Friday to support the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) to manage the construction of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). This marks the official federal start of the LSST project, the top-ranked major ground-based facility recommended by the National Research Council's Astronomy and Astrophysics decadal survey committee in its 2010 report, New Worlds, New Horizons. It is being carried out as an NSF and Department of Energy (DOE) partnership, with NSF responsible for the telescope and site, education and outreach, and the data management system, and DOE providing the camera and related instrumentation. Both agencies expect to support post-construction operation of the observatory.

The NSF construction budget for LSST is not to exceed $473M. The DOE Camera fabrication budget will be baselined later this year, but is estimated to be $165M. Operations costs will be around $40M per year for the ten-year survey. With the approved start occurring now, LSST will see first light in 2019 and begin full science operations in 2022. Today's action culminates over ten years of developing, planning and reviewing of the LSST concept.

LSST Project Manager, Victor Krabbendam, was delighted to receive the welcome news from NSF: "This agreement is a tribute to the hard work of an exceptional team of highly skilled individuals, many of whom have dedicated more than a decade to bringing LSST to this point. After a rigorous design and development phase, the project team is ready to get down and dirty and actually build this amazing facility."

LSST Director, Steven Kahn of Stanford University, commented on the unique contributions LSST will make to astronomy and fundamental physics: "The broad range of science enabled by the LSST survey will change our understanding of the dynamic Universe on timescales ranging from its earliest moments after the Big Bang to the motions of asteroids in the solar system today. The open nature of our data products means that the public will have the opportunity to share in this exciting adventure along with the scientific community. The most exciting discoveries will probably be those we haven't yet even envisioned!"

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In the News

BICEP2 experiment's big-bang controversy highlights challenges for modern science

From The Washington Post, July 23, 2014

For scientists, the really huge, cymbals-crashing discoveries are hard to come by these days.

A breakthrough can take years of labor, and the final result might be a graph of data in which the signal is barely disĀ­cernĀ­ible amid the noise. Dramatic findings are invariably questioned by other scientists. Doubt lingers. Science isn't a tall stack of hard facts; it's a difficult and deeply human process that lurches toward an approximation of the truth.

This is the current situation for cosmology, the study of the origin and structure of the universe.

Cosmologists may be on the verge of confirming a mind-boggling, 35-year-old theory called "inflation." The theory holds that the very young, hot, dense universe underwent a brief inflationary eruption — stretching itself in a violent yawn at the dawn of time — before calming down and expanding in a more civilized fashion to become the twinkling cosmos we see today.

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Director's Corner

Muon g-2 milestones

Fermilab Director
Nigel Lockyer

It's a busy summer — and not only for the neutrino community. The Muon g-2 experiment passed another milestone last week when its superconducting magnet finally moved into the experimental hall on the Muon Campus. The move went flawlessly, and the magnet is now being prepared for operation. The hall will continue to be a hive of activity over the next few weeks, with engineers and technicians carefully placing the magnet in its final data-taking configuration on top of a steel support ring. The next steps include completing the cryogenic system, connecting the magnet to the liquid-helium source and preparing the power supplies. The schedule calls for cool-down early in 2015.

The Muon g-2 project was also reviewed last week by the DOE Office of Project Assessment. This formal review process culminates in establishing a baseline cost and schedule (CD-2) for the project as well as a start for construction (CD-3). The three-day review here at the laboratory went well, and the project is expected to meet all the requirements early next year once the magnet is cold, a precondition for receiving CD-2/3. Congratulations to the project team, spokespeople and collaboration.

Even with all these milestones, there is much work to do before the experiment starts taking data in 2017. The enthusiasm of the young collaboration members is as intense as ever. Their excitement comes from the goal of being able to make the world's best precision measurement of the anomalous magnet moment of the muon. Once the measurement is compared to theory, we will know if new physics beyond the Standard Model is present.

Photos of the Day

Imperial moth

An imperial moth rests on the road by the Carpenter's Shop. Photo: Sue Quarto, FESS
A kindly Fermilab staff member moves the moth out of harm's way. Photo: Sue Quarto, FESS
In Brief

Mechanical Support Department annual picnic

A good time was had by all at the Mechanical Support Department picnic. Photo: Michael McGee, AD

Members of the Accelerator Division Mechanical Support Department held their annual summer picnic on Friday, Aug. 1, at Kuhn Barn.

In the News

Scientific Chicago with Rabiah Mayas

From WTTW's Chicago Tonight, July 30, 2014

Rabiah Mayas, director of Science and Integrated Strategies at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, talks about the final move of the Muon g-2 ring on Chicago Tonight.

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Today's New Announcements

New central web services launched today

Bike path closed Aug. 5-6

Town Hall meetings on changes to Fermilab video conferencing services - Aug. 5, 7, 28

C++ FNAL Software School - through Aug. 8

English country dancing Sunday afternoon at Kuhn Barn - Aug. 10

Deadline for the UChicago tuition remission program - Aug. 18

Call for applications: URA Visiting Scholars Program - apply by Aug. 25

Walk 2 Run offers two time slots in August

International folk dancing Thursday evenings at Ramsey through August

Scottish country dancing Tuesday evenings at Ramsey through August

Fermilab Tango Club

Bowlers wanted

Outdoor soccer