Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014

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Tuesday, Aug. 26

9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Next Steps in the Energy Frontier — Hadron Colliders - One West
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Registration fee: $39

2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar (NOTE DATE, LOCATION) - WH3NW
Speaker: Jia Zhou, Fermilab and SUNY Buffalo
Title: Electroweak Radiative Corrections at High Energies

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar (NOTE LOCATION) - Curia II
Speaker: Valeri Lebedev, Fermilab
Title: Superconducting Linac at Fermilab

Wednesday, Aug. 27

8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
HEPAP Accelerator R&D Subpanel Meeting - One West

9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Next Steps in the Energy Frontier — Hadron Colliders - Curia II
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Registration fee: $39

3:30 p.m.


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Wilson Hall Cafe

Tuesday, Aug. 26

- Breakfast: All-American breakfast
- Breakfast: bacon, egg and cheese bagel
- Grilled reuben sandwich
- Smart cuisine: portobello and peppers over soft polenta
- Kielbasa and kraut
- Grilled chicken Caesar jazz salad wrap
- Sweet and sour chicken
- Split pea with ham soup
- Chef's choice soup
- Assorted pizza by the slice

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, Aug. 27
- Skillet pork with warm pineapple salsa
- Basmati rice
- Haricots verts
- Profiteroles

Friday, Aug. 29

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Press Release

Do we live in a 2-D hologram?

A Fermilab scientist works on the laser beams at the heart of the Holometer experiment. The Holometer will use twin laser interferometers to test whether the universe is a 2-D hologram. Photo: Fermilab

A unique experiment at the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory called the Holometer has started collecting data that will answer some mind-bending questions about our universe — including whether we live in a hologram.

Much like characters on a television show would not know that their seemingly 3-D world exists only on a
2-D screen, we could be clueless that our 3-D space is just an illusion. The information about everything in our universe could actually be encoded in tiny packets in two dimensions.

Get close enough to your TV screen and you'll see pixels, small points of data that make a seamless image if you stand back. Scientists think that the universe's information may be contained in the same way and that the natural "pixel size" of space is roughly 10 trillion trillion times smaller than an atom, a distance that physicists refer to as the Planck scale.

"We want to find out whether space-time is a quantum system just like matter is," said Craig Hogan, director of Fermilab's Center for Particle Astrophysics and the developer of the holographic noise theory. "If we see something, it will completely change ideas about space we've used for thousands of years."

Quantum theory suggests that it is impossible to know both the exact location and the exact speed of subatomic particles. If space comes in 2-D bits with limited information about the precise location of objects, then space itself would fall under the same theory of uncertainty. The same way that matter continues to jiggle (as quantum waves) even when cooled to absolute zero, this digitized space should have built-in vibrations even in its lowest energy state.

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In Brief

HEPAP Accelerator R&D Subpanel - Wednesday and Thursday in One West

On Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 27- 28, the HEPAP Accelerator R&D Subpanel will meet at Fermilab and Argonne National Laboratory. All interested parties are invited to attend the Fermilab sessions, which will take place in One West.

The Wednesday sessions take place from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The subpanel will also host a town hall meeting on Thursday from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. View the schedule.

This accelerator R&D subpanel visit focuses on the Intensity Frontier. The subpanel held a similar meeting on Monday and Tuesday at Brookhaven National Accelerator Laboratory focusing on the Energy Frontier. They will visit SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on Aug. 29-30.

The recent P5 report highlighted the importance of accelerator-based experiments for the future of particle physics. This places renewed emphasis on accelerator R&D efforts in support of medium- and long-term high-energy physics projects. The subpanel for accelerator R&D will examine the research in the current HEP accelerator R&D program to identify the most promising research areas to support the advancement of high-energy and particle physics.

More information is available on the HEPAP Accelerator R&D Subpanel website.

Photo of the Day

Rescuing a baby turtle

This baby snapping turtle was walking near the ICB parking lot where it could easily have been run over. Frank McConologue, TD, placed a small box by the turtle, who climbed into it. McConologue then released it out of harm's way. Judy Nunez, TD, snapped the photo just before the rescue. Photo: Judy Nunez, TD
In the News

Hints of mysterious particle detected in 'big bang soup'

From Live Science, Aug. 22, 2014

Hints of a mysterious particle that has been long suspected to exist but has never been spotted are being revealed in a new experiment.

So far, the elusive particles, called extra-heavy strange baryons, haven't been seen directly, but they are leaving tantalizing hints of their existence.

These extra-heavy strange baryons may be freezing out other subatomic particles in a plasma soup of subatomic particles that mimics conditions in the universe a few moments after the Big Bang, nearly 14 billion years ago.

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In the News

Dark matter or neutrons?

From Physics, Aug. 21, 2014

Dark matter, inferred to exist on the basis of the dynamics of galaxies, has never been conclusively detected in a direct way. The DAMA/LIBRA experiment in Italy is one of several ongoing searches for dark-matter particles interacting with ordinary matter. The collaboration has recently reported a modulation in their data with a period of one year, consistent with a dark-matter-related signal. However, new calculations published in Physical Review Letters suggest that such a signal may instead be caused by neutrons created by solar neutrinos and atmospheric muons.

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From the Chief Operating Officer

Where did the tables go?

Tim Meyer

If you were around the Wilson Hall cafeteria last week, you may have noticed that the large, round legacy tables were disassembled and taken away. Permanently? No. They are being restored and will return as part of the Atrium Modernization Project.

The fresh, new look that is coming to the Wilson Hall atrium includes a revised dining area in addition to the new state-of-the-art experimental operations center to be revealed next month. Modern seating, improved lighting, more flexible tables, improved waste and recycling handling and convenient access to electrical power are just some of the changes you will notice this fall.

When you sit down to have your free-range, all-organic, vegan, whole-grain, zero-carbon-footprint bean sprout sandwich (or something delicious from our superb cafeteria staff and their kitchens), you will have a variety of new seating venues to choose from. You'll also have more options to work, collaborate and socialize.

In addition to upgrading the cafeteria, we are examining ways to improve the restrooms in Wilson Hall and to upgrade conference rooms throughout the building, with the goal to modernize our facilities.

You may wonder: Wouldn't it be better to invest in new research equipment or additional staff instead of upgrading these facilities?

These trade-offs are not easy and are actually quite difficult decisions, but they are essential — absolutely crucial — for our future. If we want Fermilab to continue to be world-class, it has to look and feel world-class — to us and to those who visit the lab.

That goes for everything from how parking is organized for visitors to the sense of pride radiating from all of us when we look at the architecture and accomplishments of the laboratory. It's like the old adage that says if you want to know the quality of a restaurant's kitchen, take a look at the bathrooms. It will tell you a lot about how much the proprietors care about the environment in which they prepare and serve the food.

If we want our stakeholders and collaborators to support the lab's long-term future, we have to make choices that are consistent. Modern doesn't mean lavish or luxurious; in fact, modern often means lower consumption, improved reliability and better functionality.

From the much-needed Utilities Upgrade Project to upgrading the entrance gate guardhouses to changing the furniture in the cafeteria, Fermilab is moving forward, revitalizing our aging infrastructure.

Have an operations-related suggestion or comment? Send it to me via this online feedback form. I look forward to hearing from you!

In Brief

Users Executive Committee election - vote by Sept. 8

The Fermilab Users Executive Committee has initiated the election of six new members of the 13-member UEC. UEC members will serve a two-year term starting fall 2014 and ending summer 2016. Candidates for the open positions have submitted a photograph, a CV and a statement of interest for serving on the UEC. These can be seen at the election Web page, which has a link for entering your votes.

The deadline for entering your votes is midnight on Monday, Sept. 8, Central time. You must have a valid Fermilab ID to vote.

The following UEC members have completed their terms and will rotate off the committee: Mary Anne Cummings (Muons Inc.), Craig Group (University of Virginia and Fermilab), Breese Quinn (University of Mississippi), Mandy Rominsky (Fermilab), Greg Snow (University of Nebraska), Nikos Varelas (University of Illinois at Chicago, former UEC chair).

The following UEC members will remain on the committee for another year: Sandra Biedron (Colorado State University), Tulika Bose (Boston University), Andre de Gouvea (Northwestern University), Bill Lee (Fermilab), Vivian O'Dell (Fermilab), Marcelle Soares-Santos (Fermilab), Lee Roberts (Boston University, current UEC chair).

Please take a moment to vote for up to six new members of the UEC. You may choose fewer than six candidates, but ballots with more than six votes will be discarded. Questions about the election can be addressed to the UEC chair Lee Roberts of Boston University or the UEC election coordinator Greg Snow of University of Nebraska.


New Scientific Linux website rolls out today

Road closure at Main Ring Road - today

Butts and Guts registration due Aug. 27

Strength Training registration due Aug. 28

Walk 2 Run offers two time slots in August

Art gallery talk - Sept. 3

NBI 2014 Workshop - Sept. 23-26

eBook by head of Technical Division available at the Fermilab Library

International folk dancing Thursday evenings at Ramsey through August

Scottish country dancing Tuesday evenings at Ramsey through August

English country dancing at Kuhn Barn

Bowlers wanted

Outdoor soccer

Batavia Smashburger employee discount