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U.S. joins the world in a new era of research at the Large Hadron Collider

New LHC data gives researchers from around the world their best chance yet to study the Higgs boson and search for dark matter and new particles. Image: CMS/CERN

Today scientists at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the European research facility, started recording data from the highest-energy particle collisions ever achieved on Earth. This new proton collision data, the first recorded since 2012, will enable an international collaboration of researchers that includes more than 1,700 U.S. physicists to study the Higgs boson, search for dark matter and develop a more complete understanding of the laws of nature.

"Together with collaborators from around the world, scientists from roughly 100 U.S. universities and laboratories are exploring a previously unreachable realm of nature," said James Siegrist, the U.S. Department of Energy's associate director of science for high-energy physics. "We are very excited to be part of the international community that is pushing the boundaries of our knowledge of the universe."

The Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator, reproduces conditions similar to those that existed immediately after the big bang. In 2012, during the LHC's first run, scientists discovered the Higgs boson — a fundamental particle that helps explain why certain elementary particles have mass. U.S. scientists represent about 20 percent and 30 percent, respectively, of the ATLAS and CMS collaborations, the two international teams that co-discovered the Higgs boson. Hundreds of U.S. scientists played vital roles in the Higgs discovery and will continue to study its remarkable properties.

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Video of the Day

Fermilab joins in a new era of LHC exploration

U.S. scientists at Fermilab celebrate the official start of LHC Run 2 and discuss what they hope to find at a higher energy and increased intensity. View the two-minute video. Video: Fermilab
Photo of the Day

Trout lily

The name trout lily refers to the similarity between the leaf markings and those of the brown or brook trout. Photo: Barb Kristen, PPD
In the News

Large Hadron Collider turns on 'data tap'

From BBC News, June 3, 2015

The Large Hadron Collider has re-started scientific investigations after a two-year pause.

Scientists are waiting for the first new data to begin flowing from the underground particle smasher, paving the way to a new era in physics.

On Wednesday, the vast machine clattered proton beams together at much higher energies than were achieved during its first run in 2010-2013.

This should allow physicists to hunt for signs of new scientific phenomena.

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From the Fermi Site Office

The secrets to success and prosperity

Michael Weis

Michael Weis, DOE Fermi Site Office manager, wrote this column.

Recently Chipotle made a bold move and released their previously secret recipe for guacamole, hoping to generate enthusiasm and share a culinary success with everyone. This bold move made me think about my experiences at DOE laboratories and what secrets to success and prosperity for the Office of Science laboratories I might share with others.

First, be ready. Louis Pasteur once said that fortune favors the prepared mind. This is true for Fermilab as well. When the Recovery Act came quite unexpectedly, labs that had projects ready to go benefited tremendously. We'd like to be just as prepared this time. With LBNF/DUNE, Fermilab is laying the foundation for the first ever "mega" physics project with significant international commitment based at a DOE laboratory. Preparing for that possibility, we are revitalizing the core electric and cooling water systems. We have submitted plans and are ready to revitalize space for Wilson Hall, one of only a few projects submitted in the 2016 budget request, and we have completed a Campus Master Plan that includes an Integrated Engineering Research Center near Wilson Hall, for which we hope to receive mission need approval soon.

Second, be investment-grade. We must look for ways to stretch every dollar that comes to the lab. Working together, the DOE Site Office and Fermilab have made great strides eliminating any unnecessary transactions and activities we can to streamline the work, but we have more to do. The lab has restructured, flattened and centralized functions in an effort to be more efficient and maximize the limited resources available.

Third and most importantly, don't make big mistakes. One of our greatest attributes as a laboratory is the adaptation of the human performance improvement initiative on a labwide scale. We embrace the ideas that we are human and will make mistakes no matter how hard we try to avoid them, but we need to learn from the ones with little consequence and build systems that prevent the big mistake. DOE recently experienced a near-fatal event at one of our labs, and several individuals' lives have been changed forever due to this terrible accident. We also recently had an event here at Fermilab during a pressure test of relief valves that, thankfully, resulted in only minor injuries but had the potential to be much worse. We have to continually challenge ourselves to be better and help each other avoid the big mistake that could jeopardize our success and prosperity as a lab. We must not ever count on luck to keep us safe, normalize deviations or shrug off events as "not that big of a deal."

In order to be truly great, we must challenge ourselves every day to be prepared, be investment-grade and avoid a big mistake. That and some good chips will go a long way towards taking advantage of secret recipes.

Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, June 2

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

An employee received a superficial laceration on his thumb while using a screwdriver to pry a digital pressure meter from its chassis. The screwdriver slipped, and the employee's thumb contacted the side of the chassis. He received first-aid treatment.

See the full report.

In the News

Cosmic superlens gives telescopes a boost

From Science News, June 2, 2015

The ultimate telescope upgrade lies about 3.5 billion light-years away in the constellation Sculptor.

Abell 2744 is a galaxy cluster whose tremendous mass — equivalent to 2 quadrillion suns — turns it into a gravitational lens that bends and magnifies light from distant objects. This effect allows astronomers to peer farther into space than any telescope can do alone. By studying images of far-flung galaxies revealed by Abell 2744, researchers created a map that charts how the cosmic lens manipulates light from the far side of the universe.

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