Wednesday, March 2, 2011

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Wednesday, March 2
12:30 p.m.
Physics for Everyone - Auditorium
Speaker: Robert Tschirhart, Fermilab
Title: Fermilab’s Future at the Intensity Frontier
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Michael Ramsey-Musolf, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Title: Fundamental Symmetries of the Early Universe and the Precision Frontier

Thursday, March 3
1:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Chris D'Andrea, University of Pennsylvania
Title: Systematic Environmental Effects in Supernova Surveys
2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Radja Boughezal, Argonne National Laboratory
Title: Bounding New Physics Using the Tevatron Higgs Exclusion Limit
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speakers: Marcel Stanitzki, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Title: Detector Challenges at Future Linear Colliders

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Wednesday, March 2

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Special Announcement

Today: Physics for Everyone talk on the Intensity Frontier

Scientists at Fermilab plan to send the world’s highest-intensity neutrino beam to the proposed DUSEL laboratory in South Dakota. Project X would provide more protons for the Main Injector and greatly increase the number of neutrinos that can be produced. Photo: Fermilab

Physicists at Fermilab use intense beams of trillions of particles from accelerators to explore the interactions between neutrinos and ultra-rare processes in nature. Measurements of the mass and other properties of the neutrinos are central to answering key questions about the universe, such as: How did the universe come to be? What happened to all of the antimatter?

At 12:30 p.m. today, learn more about how physicists at Fermilab use experiments at the Intensity Frontier to learn about our universe and how these experiments will play a vital role in Fermilab’s future. Fermilab’s Bob Tschirhart will give the lecture, titled “Fermilab’s future at the Intensity Frontier.”

The lecture will take place in Ramsey Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public. No registration is required. There will be time for questions and answers. The lecture is part of a non-technical series about Fermilab science and culture. View previous lectures here.


Peoples fellow makes discovery, wins award

Alex Romanenko

Technical Division’s Alex Romanenko always seems ready for some friendly competition. He even made a bet on his doctoral thesis at Cornell University. Now his thesis is being honored by the Nuclear Plasma and Sciences Society, part of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

The Particle Accelerator Science and Technology Award recognizes contributions to the field made in a student’s doctoral thesis. Romanenko, a Peoples Fellow at Fermilab, is receiving the award for discovering subtle structural changes that occur in niobium superconducting radio-frequency accelerator cavities during low-temperature baking.

"I made a bet with my advisor at Cornell University, Hassan Padamsee,” Romanenko said. “We were betting on what factors caused the niobium to change with mild baking.”

Romanenko won the bet and his findings are advancing the world of accelerator material science.

“Alex’s work improved a 10-year-old model we’d been using to make accelerator cavities,” said Lance Cooley, head of the Technical Division’s SRF materials group.

The SRF cavities must have an exceptionally smooth surface to maintain a high level of superconducting performance.

“While working on his thesis, Alex found evidence for improvement of the niobium SRF material at a baking temperature far below what we would’ve expected,” Cooley explains.

At Fermilab, Romanenko continues to improve SRF accelerator technology. SRF accelerators will be used for future experiments at Fermilab such as the proposed Project X.

Romanenko has always felt motivated to keep improving his work. Before his work at Cornell University, he competed as a youth soccer player in the Ukraine.

“I had to choose between physics and sports,” Romanenko said. “I think I made the right choice.”

The IEEE-NPSS award includes $2000 and a plaque to be given out at a ceremony on March 31 during the 2011 Particle Accelerator Conference in New York.

-- Cynthia Horwitz

In the News

Fermilab director still hopeful laboratory can avoid deep cuts

From Kane County Chronicle,
March 1, 2011

The director of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory still is hopeful that the high-energy physics laboratory can avoid deep budget cuts that he said would jeopardize its research.

House Republicans have proposed a 20 percent budget cut to the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, which would result in 400 layoffs at the laboratory, Fermilab Director Pier Oddone said. Fermilab, which is operated by the Department of Energy, employs 1,900 people.

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Special Director's Corner

Impacts on laboratory staff of a government shutdown and proposed cuts

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone

As I head to Washington to present our budget to DOE for the 2013 fiscal year, I want to let you know that Fermilab would not immediately be affected by a government shutdown, and to set the record straight regarding impacts on staff of proposed budget cuts.

As you know, the federal government is currently operating under a Continuing Resolution that expires this Friday, March 4. If Congress does not either pass a budget for this fiscal year or extend the Continuing Resolution by Friday, the government will be forced to shut down, which would have wide-ranging effects on the nation’s economy and citizens. Last night the House of Representatives approved a two-week budget measure that would extend through March 18, and the Senate is expected to vote on the legislation today. If the government were to shut down, however, it would not immediately affect the operation of our laboratory. Fermilab has sufficient monetary reserves in our contract from DOE to continue operating for several weeks, even if no new funds are made available. Employees of FRA, as government contractors, would be able to continue working during a shutdown as long as funds permit.

I also want to set the record straight regarding the potential impacts on laboratory staff of the proposed 20 percent cut to the Office of Science budget because some of the reporting in the newspapers has not been correct. If the proposed cuts become law, it would be necessary to implement furloughs during the remainder of the fiscal year. These furloughs could be equivalent to about a 25 percent pay cut for employees for the remainder of this fiscal year, but the salaries for time worked would not be cut. In addition to furloughs, we would need to stop the operation of all accelerators and most procurements, slow down new projects, and prepare for layoffs if the cuts would extend into FY2012. As I stated in my February 15 Director’s Corner, however, there will be much discussion in Congress before any proposed cuts become law.

Safety Update

ES&H weekly report, March 1

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ES&H section lists no recordable incidents. An individual tripped on a piece of raised concrete in front of Wilson Hall but was not injured. FESS is investigationg solutions to the raised concrete problem.

Find the full report here.


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