Fermilab TodayTuesday, December 2, 2003  
Tuesday, December 2
11:00 a.m. Special Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar (NOTE TIME) - Curia II
Speaker: I. Kaganovich, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
Title: Progress in U.S. Heavy Ion Driven Inertial Fusion Research: New Beam Transport Experiments, Studies of Ion Beam Plasma Interaction and Evaluation of Stripping Cross Sections
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: A. Doyuran, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Title: High Gain Harmonic Generation Experiment at DUV-FEL Facility in BNL

Wednesday, December 3
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: J. Collar, University of Chicago
Title: Low-Background Detector Development at EFI: WIMPS, Axions, Neutrinos and Other Sneaky Beasts

Tuesday, December 2
Beef barley soup
Hearty beef stew simmered in a rich demi-glace $3.50
Asst. gourmet stackers sandwich or panini $4.75
Traditional Italian meat lasagna w/garlic bread $3.75
Tuna salad over fresh greens $3.75
Grilled turkey reuben w/seasoned sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing on marbled rye $4.75

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Fermilab Accelerator Advisory Committee Holds Semi-Annual Meeting
On November 19, the Fermilab Accelerator Advisory Committee held its three-day semi-annual meeting. Formed in 1999, the AAC includes accelerator experts from nine laboratories around the world. It advises the Fermilab director on a variety of accelerator issues related to both near and long-term accelerator applications
Superconducting magnet
The AAC discussed many
topics, including super-
conducting magnets, during
their recent meeting.
After several consecutive meetings concentrating on issues surrounding Collider Run II, on November 19, the AAC returned to an examination of accelerator R&D directed at the longer-term future of Fermilab. Discussion topics included R&D aimed at: linear collider, superconducting magnets, the Fermilab NICADD Photoinjector laboratory and associated superconducting RF, proton driver, and muon facilities. At the closeout, the committee noted the excellent work in progress in all these areas and advocated increased resources concentrated in a few areas to allow Fermilab to confront its future with confidence. The full slate of presentations to the AAC is available online.

In the News
From Science Magazine, November 28, 2003
High-Energy Physics: To B or Not to B?
By Adrian Cho
To compare matter and antimatter, physicists hope to use Fermilab's gigantic atom smasher to study particles called B mesons. But can they afford the machine's last hurrah?

Good things may come to those who wait, but don't try telling that to physicist Joel Butler. A researcher at the Fermi National Accelerator
Joel Butler
Joel Butler
Laboratory (Fermilab) in Batavia, Illinois, Butler has been stumping for more than a decade to use the laboratory's enormous Tevatron collider to study the subtle flaw in the mirrorlike symmetry between matter and antimatter, an imbalance without which the universe would remain void. All Butler and colleagues need is a detector specifically designed to snare particles called B mesons--whose behavior may already be hinting at new particles, and which the Tevatron pumps out by the billions each year anyway.
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Director's Corner
Good Morning!
Mike Witherell
Mike Witherell
Today I want to bring you up to date on the status of two pieces of federal legislation relevant to Fermilab. It is difficult to do this in colloquial terms and still get the facts straight. As a result, this may sound more like something out of Washington than the usual Director's Corner. I hope you'll bear with me.

Yesterday, President Bush signed into law H.R. 2754, the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, which funds programs of the Energy Department. This law includes funding for the high energy physics program at the level of $738 million, the same level as in the President's budget request.

Although it will take some time to understand the exact funding level for Fermilab for FY2004, we can expect it to be close to the level in the budget request, which was $288.5 million. This represents another stringent funding year for the laboratory, only one percent more than we received two years ago. Our planning has already accommodated this funding level, however, and the final legislation will not cause a significant change in these plans.

You may have read recent news stories on another energy bill. On November 21, the Senate did not invoke cloture on the comprehensive Energy Policy Act of 2003, which meant that it was not forwarded to the President to be signed into law. Among many other provisions, this bill included guidance to appropriators as they determine future budgets for the Office of Science. This was an authorization bill, however, and not the appropriations bill for fiscal year 2004 that directly funds high energy physics and other programs of the Office of Science, so it had no direct effect on high-energy physics funding for the coming year.

If you have questions about funding, I encourage you to send them to today@fnal.gov. We'll publish questions and answers-to the best of our understanding.

Accelerator Update
November 26 - December 1
- During this time period Operations established four stores. Along with an existing store, the accelerators delivered approximately 101 hours and 29 minutes of luminosity. Peak luminosities exceeded 2E31.
- Meson feeder 30 was back online Wednesday morning
- Main Injector suffered serious LCW leaks early Thanksgiving day
- MiniBooNE fixed horn problem and then airflow problems on Saturday
- Linac had debuncher problems

View the current accelerator update
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts

Winter Holiday Sale Today
Fermilab's Education Office hosts a Winter Holiday Sale, December 2, 3, and 4, 2003 in the Wilson Hall Atrium from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Stop by to purchase Fermilab logo drinkware and novelties, shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, and hats! See you there!

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