Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

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Wednesday, Nov. 12

3 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - WH11NE
Speaker: Raffaele D'Agnolo, Institute for Advanced Study
Title: Higgs Couplings, a Tale of Two Scales

3:30 p.m.
Director's Coffee Break - WH2XO

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Junko Shigemitsu, Ohio State University
Title: What Can Lattice Gauge Theory Do for You?

Thursday, Nov. 13

2 p.m.
Neutrino Seminar (NOTE TIME) - WH8XO
Speaker: Luis Alvarez Ruso, University of Valencia
Title: Photon emission in NC Interactions with Nucleons and Nuclei

2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Matthew Baumgart, Carnegie Mellon University
Title: On the Annihilation of WIMPs

3:30 p.m.
Director's Coffee Break - WH2XO

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Wednesday, Nov. 12

- Breakfast: smoked sausage breakfast sandwich
- Breakfast: ham, egg and cheese English muffin
- Carolina pulled pork sandwich
- Pork piccata with lemon sauce
- Shepherd's pie
- Ham and pear panino
- Grilled or crispy chicken Caesar salad
- Sausage, potato and kale soup
- Texas-style chili
- Assorted calzones

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, Nov. 12
- Four cheese ravioli with roasted red pepper cream sauce
- Cranberry spinach salad
- Carrot cake

Friday, Nov. 14

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Craig Hogan awarded the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

Craig Hogan

Fermilab and University of Chicago scientist Craig Hogan, member of the High-Z Supernova Search Team, has been awarded the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.

Two teams share the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, the most lucrative academic prize in the world. The teams are the Supernova Cosmology Project led by Saul Perlmutter of the University of California, Berkeley, and the High-Z Supernova Search Team, led by Brian P. Schmidt of Australian National University and Adam Riess of Johns Hopkins University and the Space Telescope Science Institute. Fifty-one total prize recipients will split $3 million.

The prize went to the recipients for "the most unexpected discovery that the expansion of the universe is accelerating, rather than slowing, as long had been assumed."

The Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics recognizes major insights into the deepest questions of the universe.


Ben Lee Fellow Junko Shigemitsu discusses lattice QCD at today's colloquium

Junko Shigemitsu, a Benjamin Lee fellow, will give today's colloquium talk at 4 p.m. Photo: Paul Mackenzie, PPD

Junko Shigemitsu of the Ohio State University, the current Ben Lee fellow in the Fermilab Theory Department, will give this afternoon's colloquium, "What Can Lattice QCD Do For You?" Shigemitsu, one of the leaders of the world lattice gauge theory community, will discuss the ways in which lattice calculations are enabling new searches for physics beyond the Standard Model.

As a graduate student at Cornell University, Shigemitsu performed some of the first calculations of the hadron spectrum in the 1970s. After stints as a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and a postdoc at Brown University, she joined the faculty of the Ohio State University in 1982. Since then, she has had a distinguished career applying lattice gauge theory to physics both in and beyond the Standard Model and for the last decade as one of the leaders of the HPQCD Collaboration.

The Ben Lee Fellowship, successor to the Fermilab Frontier Fellows program, brings distinguished senior theorists to Fermilab to contribute to and profit from the intellectual life of the laboratory. The fellowship honors the memory of Benjamin W. Lee, one of the world's leading theorists, who led the theory group from 1973 until his tragic death in an auto accident in 1977.

Paul Mackenzie, Theory Department

In the News

Scientists, and universe's odd behavior, are recognized with $3 million prizes

From The New York Times, Nov. 9, 2014

Who knew there was so much money in dark energy?

Two teams of astronomers who discovered that the universe is apparently being blown apart by a mysterious something called dark energy had already shared a Nobel Prize and the $1 million Shaw Prize, among other honors. Now they have won the richest science prize of all.

On Sunday night they were handed the $3 million Fundamental Physics Prize, an award established by the Russian Internet investor and philanthropist Yuri Milner in a quest to make science as glitzy as rock 'n' roll.

Read more

In the News

Scintillator yields glimpse of elusive solar neutrinos

From Physics Today, November 2014

Virtually everything we know about the Sun has been gleaned from the light it emits. Images collected at various wavelengths provide clues to its composition, magnetic field dynamics, subsurface flows, and more.

To glimpse directly into the Sun's opaque core, however, one needs to look not for photons but for neutrinos. Both are products of the fusion of protons into helium-4, the multistep process that powers our parent star. But photons scatter in the Sun's core for tens of thousands of years before escaping. By the time we see them, they retain little history of their origins. Because neutrinos interact weakly with matter, they escape almost immediately. From their flux and energy, one can deduce rates of reactions occurring in the core.

Read more

From the Neutrino Division

The new Neutrino Division

Regina Rameika

Regina Rameika, head of the Neutrino Division, wrote this column.

Neutrino experiments have played a big part in Fermilab's 47-year history, and we are now working to make them an even bigger part of Fermilab's future. As we plan for the next 40 years, we strive to fulfill an important element of the laboratory's vision: to lead the world in neutrino science with particle accelerators. To enable this vision, in July Director Lockyer announced the formation of a Neutrino Division at Fermilab.

The initial goal of this new organization is to provide a visible home with administrative and technical support for the laboratory's current and planned neutrino experiments. In October, about 70 staff, guest scientists and international fellows became the first members of the new division.

The organization is starting out small, with two very well-defined tasks. The first is to focus on operating the experiments in the NuMI and Booster neutrino beams: MicroBooNE, MINERvA, MINOS+ and NOvA. The second, aligning ourselves with the P5 plan, is to develop in a coordinated way a world-leading program of short- and long-baseline neutrino experiments. The division will host the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF) project team as well as the staff and user community who are joining this effort.

The Neutrino Division is beginning to grow a new group focused on optimizing beam designs and modeling for existing as well as future neutrino beams. It has a Technical Support Department, including a team of engineers specializing in cryogenic systems to operate and design liquid-argon neutrino detectors, which are the key elements in both the short-baseline and LBNF programs. We expect the engineering team to grow as the new projects mature and require more design effort. The Technical Support Department also includes the Operations Support Group, which supports the current and future experiments either directly or as experiment liaisons with the other divisions and sections of the laboratory.

As a new division, we are learning many of the complexities involved in running an organization, including managing personnel with the new FermiWorks system, planning budgets and finding office space for staff and users. We approach these challenges with an eye for improvement from the "way we've always done it" to better ways of doing things. Being a small division, we need to be nimble and versatile. Cross-training and succession planning will be key to our success.

It's an exciting time for neutrino research at Fermilab. All of us at the Neutrino Division look forward to our role in building the laboratory's future.

To learn more about the new Neutrino Division and watch us evolve, please visit our website.

Photo of the Day

National symbols

On Tuesday, Veterans Day, this bald eagle made several loops around Swan Lake. Denton Morris was able to take a nice shot of our national bird flying by the flags. Photo: Denton Morris, AD
Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, Nov. 11

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

See the full report.


Today's New Announcements

Wilson Hall southwest stair work - temporary access restriction - Nov. 13

Wilson Fellowship accepting applications through Nov. 14

UChicago Tuition Remission Program deadline - Nov. 24

Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing - Dec. 1-5 (afternoon)

Performance Goal Setting courses - enroll in TRAIN

Ramsey Auditorium horseshoe road closure

NALWO Playgroup meets Wednesdays at 5:15 at Users Center

Yoga Thursdays

International folk dancing at Kuhn Barn

Silk and Thistle Scottish dancing celebrates 20 years

Broomball open league

Hollywood Palms Employee Appreciation Day