Fermilab Today Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009

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Tuesday, Dec. 8
11:30 a.m.
Traffic Safety Seminar on Safe Winter Driving - One West
Speaker: Maria Navarro, Illinois State Police Trooper
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Lee Smolin, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Title: Progress Report on Quantum Gravity
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speakers: Valeri Balbekov and Valeri Lebedev, Fermilab
Title: Longitudinal Instabilities

Wednesday, Dec. 9
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Lee Smolin, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Title: Using the Universe as a Laboratory to Probe the Planck Scale

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Tuesday, Dec. 8
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Wednesday, Dec. 9
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Special Announcement

Winter weather warning

A winter weather system will move across the Chicago area this afternoon and into Wednesday, bringing possible blizzard conditions. Please read Fermilab's Inclement Weather and Snow Policy and talk to your supervisor if you have questions.

Fermilab will very likely remain open today. If Fermilab closes early today, Fermilab Today will send out the announcement as a special edition.

Fermilab will very likely remain open on Wednesday morning also. Check the Fermilab Web site and the local media to find out if the laboratory is closed. If the laboratory remains open, an employee may choose not to go to work because of inclement weather. The day will be counted as vacation time or leave without pay. This option allows employees to use their discretion in regard to their safety and family needs without being penalized during heavy snow or dangerous conditions. Employees arriving up to three hours late due to inclement weather will be paid for the full day, subject to supervisory approval.

The National Weather Service Web site is the best source for the latest weather information.

Remember, whatever the weather, please drive carefully. And remember to have a winter kit in your car with items such as an ice scraper, blanket, gloves, extra windshield washer fluid and more.

From symmetry breaking

DOE gives big boost to plans for new muon experiment

From left: Amy Allen, Doug Glenzinski, and Craig Group work on the Mu2e experiment test stand at Fermilab.

While all eyes have been on the startup of the Large Hadron Collider in Europe, the world's largest scientific experiment, a small team of researchers based in the United States has been toiling away.

The group has focused its energies on planning an experiment that creates a plenitude of muons and could reveal new phenomena that could only result from unknown physics.

That narrow focus, say the members of the Muon-to-Electron-Conversion experiment, will allow the Mu2e collaboration to indirectly search for new particles and let them look for signs of new types of interactions at energies up to 10,000 trillion electronvolts, far beyond the LHC's grasp. It also would help scientists to better understand future LHC discoveries.

Mu2e got a big boost on November 24 with the US Department of Energy endorsement of the scientific need for the project, called Critical Decision-0. This marks the first stage of DOE's 4-stage approval process that projects must pass before construction can start.

"Every CD is an important milestone. CD-0 is unique in that most of the work is done by the DOE. The fact that they put in the work to push this through is a clear indication that they are serious about Mu2e," says Ron Ray, project manager. "The ball is now in our court, and we have a lot of work to do."

The idea behind the Mu2e experiment isn't new-the similar and well-reviewed Muon to Electron COnversion (MECO) experiment proposed at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Long Island was canceled in 2005 for lack of funding. But funding agencies and research experts say the time now is right for such an endeavor. The US Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel (P5) recommended construction of Mu2e in any federal budget funding scenario and Fermilab's Physics Advisory Panel, comprised of global experts in the field, endorsed it.

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Tona Kunz

Special Announcement

Traffic Safety Seminar
meets today in One West

For a quick refresher on how to stay safe driving this winter, Fermilab drivers can attend a traffic safety seminar today.

The seminar will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. today in One West.

Illinois State Police Trooper Maria Navarro and one of Fermilab's snowplow drivers will talk at the seminar about driving safely, what everyone should carry in their vehicles this winter and how to share the road with snow plows.

Chuck Morrison, of the Fermilab Security Department, encourages all employees to attend. Some attendees will receive door prizes.

Read up on winter safety tips published over the years in Fermilab Today:

From Quantum Diaries

Subatomic particles as Hollywood villains

David Schmitz is a Fermilab physicist and a blogger for Quantum Diaries.

I couldn't help it. At $5.50 for a matinee showing, I just had to hear it for myself. I recently went to see the newest Armageddon thriller to hit the big screen, 2012. I couldn't resist because of this New York Times article about movie director Roland Emmerich and his tendency to destroy the world in his movies (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow). In particular, the article explains that in 2012 the earth tears itself apart when, "A monster solar flare shoots invisible neutrinos into the earth's core, cooking it like a Hot Pocket."

You have to love the Hot Pocket reference, but what drew me to see the movie was, of course, the neutrino as Hollywood star.

See David's blog

Director's Corner

Notable events

Hesheng Chen, Director of IHEP and Pier Oddone, Director of Fermilab during the recent US/China meeting at SLAC.

The last couple of weeks we have had some notable events, first among them the smooth turn-on of the LHC. Detectors are now collecting data at 0.9 TeV center-of-mass energy, a very important step in bringing the detectors and the machine to full performance. Both beams were brought to a record energy of 1.18 TeV per beam about a week ago, making the LHC the highest-energy collider in the world. There is clearly much yet to do to reach the full potential of the LHC, but these first steps augur well for the future. Congratulations to our colleagues at the LHC and to those at Fermilab who have worked so hard to get the accelerator and the CMS experiment ready for data.

Another important event where kudos are due is the outstanding safety performance of the laboratory for the last two months. With only one recordable (TRC) case and zero days away and restricted (DART) cases, the laboratory, albeit with a small statistical sample, is back to the performance of 2008. With the winter season upon us and the greater chance of slips and falls due to icy conditions, I urge you to exercise good judgment in all your activities, both at the laboratory and away from the laboratory.

The 30th meeting of the US/China Joint Committee on High Energy Physics took place at SLAC on Nov. 19 and 20. The collaboration between US laboratories and IHEP in China continues to be vital. The progress in China since my first US/China meeting more than 20 years ago is breathtaking. The Daya Bay reactor neutrino experiment is the most ambitious in the world. Now China has world-class facilities in modern laboratories, including the tau-charm factory in Beijing, a modern synchrotron light source in Shanghai, a future neutron spallation source in Southern China and plans to develop a deep underground laboratory in Western China with horizontal access and great overburden. They do not even seem to be embarrassed by the use of good architecture as appears to have happened historically in most of our national laboratories. There are several areas where important collaborations between Fermilab and IHEP can take place. Our interests are aligned in high-intensity proton accelerators and underground laboratories, the next steps for scientific facilities in China.

In the News

LHC gets first results; step toward "God particle"?

From National Geographic, Dec. 4, 2009

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is quickly making up for lost time: The first scientific results from the recently restarted particle accelerator have been announced-about two weeks ahead of schedule.

During the first collisions of the LHC's twin beams of protons, a machine called A Large Ion Collider Experiment, or ALICE, collected the results from a proton-proton smashup.

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Joe Leo, who worked at Fermilab for 26 years until a skiing accident this March, died Sunday. Visitation will take place tomorrow from 3-9 p.m. at Williams Kampp Funeral Home at 820 Pine St. in West Chicago. Funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church at 29W260 Batavia Road in Warrenville. Check Fermilab Today later this week for more information.

Accelerator Update

Dec. 4-7
- Six stores provided approximately 64.5 hours of luminosity
- MTest magnet suffered possible ground fault
- NuMI and MiniBooNE reported good running

* The integrated luminosity for the period from Nov. 30 to Dec. 7 was 49.6 inverse picobarns. NuMI reported receiving 6.65E18 protons on target for the same period.

Read the Current Accelerator Update
Read the Early Bird Report
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts


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