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English country dancing Oct. 4 and 25 at Kuhn Barn and special workshop Oct. 15

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NALWO evening social - Oct. 7

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Python Programming Basics - Oct. 14, 15, 16

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Access 2013: Level 2 / Intermediate - Oct. 21

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Celebrate 40 years of the prairie at Fermilab

Hear about the history of the Fermilab prairie on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 4 p.m. Join in the annual prairie harvest on Saturday, Oct. 3 and Nov. 7. Photo: Reidar Hahn

It's a time of celebration for the Fermilab community: The Robert Betz prairie, once the largest prairie restoration project on Earth, turns 40 this year.

It's been four decades since the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, working with local conservation groups, dedicated 650 acres of its property to growing and maintaining a variety of natural tall grasses and plants.

Over time, the prairie has been restored to roughly 1,000 acres, maintained through the assistance of a dedicated group of local volunteers and the Fermilab grounds crew. The laboratory was recently awarded the Conservation@Work Award from the Conservation Foundation for its decades of dedication to preserving the prairie.

Over the next few weeks, you'll have three opportunities to be part of the anniversary of the prairie at Fermilab. On Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 4 p.m., Ryan Campbell, Fermilab ecologist, will give a talk on the history of the prairie. The presentation, part of the lab's Colloquium series, is free and open to the public.

And on Saturday, Oct. 3, and Saturday, Nov. 7, at 10 a.m., Fermilab will host its annual prairie harvest, inviting volunteers from the local community to help diversify the prairie. Fermilab has been hosting the Prairie Harvest every year since 1974, and the event typically draws more than 200 volunteers.

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Photo of the Day


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These photographs of Sunday night's lunar eclipse were taken from the Fermilab Village. Click to enlarge. Photo: David Caratelli, Columbia University
In Brief

New members of Users Executive Committee elected

The 2015-16 Users Executive Committee. Front row, from left: Minerba Betancourt, Louise Suter, Thomas Strauss. Back row, from left: Bill Louis, Edward Kearns, Jesus Orduna, Fernanda G. Garcia, Sarah Lockwitz. Not pictured: Fabio Happacher, Georgia Karagiorgi, Eric Prebys and Linda Spentzouris. Photo: Cindy Arnold

Fermilab welcomes the newest members of the Users Executive Committee: Minerba Betancourt (Fermilab), Georgia Karagiorgi (University of Manchester), Edward Kearns (Boston University), Sarah Lockwitz (Fermilab), Eric Prebys (Fermilab) and Louise Suter (Argonne).

The new members will serve a two-year term and will join continuing members Fernanda Garcia, Fabio Happacher, Jesus Orduna, Linda Spentzouris, Thomas Strauss and UEC Chair William Louis, who also chaired last term.

Fermilab thanks the UEC members rotating off the committee for all their hard work over the past two years: Sandra Biedron, Tulika Bose, André de Gouvêa, Bill Lee, Vivian O'Dell, Lee Roberts and Marcelle Soares-Santos.

In Brief

Science Next Door October newsletter now online

The October edition of Science Next Door, Fermilab's monthly community newsletter, is now available online. View it or subscribe to get the latest about the laboratory's public events, including tours, lectures, arts events and volunteer opportunities.

In the News

Fermilab brings super magnet to life after 10 years

From Chicago Tribune, Sept. 26, 2015

When Chris Polly was a doctoral degree student at the University of Illinois in 2001, he worked on the 17-ton electromagnet at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York.

Little did he know then that 14 years later, he would be project manager on firing up that same electromagnet — this time at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, and after the magnet had not been turned on for more than 10 years.

"It felt amazing," Polly said, after getting the magnet up and running a few days ago. "It was like seeing an old friend come back to life."

Two years ago, scientists on the Muon g-2 experiment successfully brought the fragile, expensive and complex 17-ton electromagnet on a 3,200-mile land and sea trek from Brookhaven to Fermilab.

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From the Accelerator Division

Progress on the Indian Institutions and Fermilab Collaboration

Shekhar Mishra

Shekhar Mishra, deputy project manager of PIP-II, wrote this column.

Fermilab's proposed construction of PIP-II (Proton Improvement Plan II) as part of the laboratory's long-term strategy is to transform its accelerator complex to support 1.2 megawatts of beam power for the world-leading Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE).

PIP-II R&D is being jointly carried out by the Indian Institutions and Fermilab Collaboration, which includes the Inter-University Accelerator Center (IUAC) and three Indian Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) laboratories: the Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT), Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC) and Variable Energy Cyclotron Center (VECC). Both RRCAT and BARC have proposed construction of two accelerators that will rely heavily on advances in Fermilab's program in superconducting radio-frequency technology, known as SRF.

The Indian Institutions and Fermilab Collaboration (IIFC), established in 2009 for the joint development of superconducting radio-frequency proton accelerator technology, has made significant progress. Hardware developed by our Indian partners under IIFC is starting to arrive at Fermilab for integration into R&D programs. Here are some recent highlights:

1. As a part of the PIP-II R&D program, Fermilab is constructing the PIP-II Injector Experiment, or PXIE. BARC is responsible for the design, construction and testing of all PXIE normal-conducting (room temperature) magnets. In April, Fermilab received two prototype magnets from BARC for testing. After recertification of the magnetic measurement by Fermilab, which were also measured at BARC, the magnets are now installed in the PXIE beamline.

This medium-energy beam transport magnet is now installed in PXIE beamline. From left: Mike Tartaglia (Fermilab), Joe DeMarco (Fermilab), Vikas Teotia (BARC), Alexander Shemyakin (Fermilab), Curtis Baffes (Fermilab), Shekhar Mishra (Fermilab). Photo: Reidar Hahn

2. In May Fermilab received two 325-MHz single-spoke resonator (SSR1) cavities from IUAC. The construction and tests (with beam) of a prototype SSR1 cryomodule incorporating eight cavities is an important goal of the PXIE program. IIFC plans to incorporate these two cavities into this prototype cryomodule. One cavity has been processed and tested by Fermilab. The performance of this cavity is similar to those produced by U.S. industry.

This single-spoke resonator cavity was fabricated at IUAC. From left: Kishore Kumar Mistri (IUAC), P.N. Prakash (IUAC), Shekhar Mishra and Abhishek Rai (IUAC). Photo: IUAC Media

3. In July, Fermilab received one cryogenic feedcap and one endcap from BARC. These will be used to test the 1.3-GHz cryomodule that Fermilab is currently fabricating for LCLS-II, a future light source based at SLAC. The design was jointly developed by BARC and Fermilab, with Fermilab primarily in a guiding role and BARC assuming responsibility for design, manufacturing and testing. This project required close cooperation between Fermilab and BARC to promote the development of expertise and capabilities crucial to successful implementation of technologies needed for the design and construction cavities and cryomodules for PIP-II.

Fermilab scientist Rich Stanek, DOE Office of High Energy Physics Director Jim Siegrist and Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer stand by the BARC-fabricated feedcap and endcap. Photo: Shekhar Mishra, AD

Under the Indian Institution and Fermilab collaboration, RRCAT and VECC have also installed significant SRF cavity design and fabrication infrastructure. A jointly designed and U.S.-fabricated test stand has been made operational at RRCAT. Several prototype cavities have been fabricated, processed and tested.

4. Both BARC and RRCAT have developed 325- and 650-MHz solid-state RF amplifiers for application to PIP-II. These units have been tested. Under IIFC, BARC has developed a new design of the RF protection system. It has also initiated the design of a new low-level RF system. These systems, along with 650 MHz solid-state RF amplifiers, will be commissioned with test stands.

All these efforts will continue to grow over the next several years as PIP-II completes the R&D required to support construction.

Strengthening the collaboration, Fermilab will welcome the arrival of seven Indian scientists and engineers to Fermilab this fall. They will be directly embedded in our Fermilab teams for two years, working on the critical technology development that will allow Fermilab and India to construct PIP-II starting later in this decade.