Tuesday, July 12, 2011

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Tuesday, July 12
11:30 a.m.
Computing Division Brown Bag Seminar - Curia II
Speakers: Vicky White, Bill Boroski, Keith Chadwick, Tim Currie and Jack Schmidt, Fermilab
Title: Report on National Laboratory Information Technology (NLIT) Summit
12 p.m.
Summer Lecture Series - One West
Speaker: Arden Warner, Fermilab
Title: Particle Accelerators
3-5 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - WH11 Sunrise
Speaker: Daniel Elvira, Fermilab
Title: SUSY Searches I: Motivation and Identification of Physics Objects
3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 13
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: James Chin-wen Chou, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Title: Al+ Optical Clocks for Fundamental Physics and Geodesy

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Tuesday, July 12

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- Assorted sliced pizza
- Chicken fajitas

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, July 13
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- Spiced marinated tomatoes
- Espresso crepe w/ice cream & dark chocolate sauce

Friday, July 15
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- Crusty pan-seared rib eye steak
- Buttery mashed potatoes
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- Chocolate soufflé with crème anglaise

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Save the Date

Tevatron shutdown event Friday, Sept. 30

Fermilab will host a lab-wide event for the Tevatron shutdown on Friday, Sept. 30. The afternoon event will include formal recognition of the shutdown and a lab-wide party. Details to come.

From Quantum Diaries

A particle physics private eye takes on the great interaction caper

Illustration: Fermilab/Diana Canzone

Two weeks ago, my Aunt and Grand mom (G-Mom) came from New Jersey to visit me at Fermilab. The first thing they wanted to see was the house in Fermilab Village where my bride-to-be and I would be living for the rest of my graduate career. G-Mom was impressed: “They hung pictures on the walls for you!”

Then it got complicated. G-Mom asked me what I do.

”I do nuclear physics with the MINERvA, a neutrino interactions experiment. This detector has an array of nuclear targets that vary in size. By looking at events that occur in nuclei of different size, we can discover things about those nuclei.

Her follow-up question was: “How is it you find that interesting?”

I told her that what we do in nuclear/particle physics is try to solve mysteries and puzzles, and I like doing that. Being an avid reader of mystery novels and voracious solver of cross-word puzzles, G-Mom was on-board with this reasoning. So, I tried to explain the mysteries of nuclear physics that MINERvA will investigate in the style of a Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe private detective novel…

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Brian Tice

Photo of the Day

It’s electrifying

Children, aided by scientists from Fermilab, learn about electricity during a Naperville Public Library program June 23. The program was about positive and negative charges, how to make electricity with a chemical reaction using a lemon and how electricity can pass through bodies. Photo: Naperville Public Library
In the News

Fermi scientists show the split-second decisions of tiny particles add up to a huge difference

From Energy.gov's Energy Blog, July 11, 2011

Blink! The split-second choice: Each of us makes them, but how much of a difference do they really make? If you’re a tiny particle known as a neutrino, those instant decisions might add up, and make all the difference in the world . . . and the universe.

Neutrinos are among nature’s most abundant, but least-visible actors. Virtually without mass and carrying no electrical charge, they flit across the stage of the universe at nearly the speed of light, barely interacting with any of the other actors as they pass through them, whether stars or planets or people.

But those same ghostly particles -- trillions of which are passing through you right now -- could actually be clues that help explain why there are people . . . and planets . . . and stars. And it would be related to the neutrino’s ability to change not just their minds, but their entire identities, in the blink of an eye.

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Director's Corner

Various updates

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone

I realize that the self-select voluntary separation program is on everyone’s mind, but it is too early to say very much. We have received 62 applications for the program, but employees have until Thursday to rescind.

The summer continues to be very busy. A great deal of energy and excitement is in the air with the approaching major summer conferences. The first one is the International Europhysics Conference on High Energy Physics EPS-HEP-2011, July 21-27, where we will see for the first time results from the LHC with more than 20 times the luminosity of the previous year. There will also be new results from the Tevatron and many other programs. This conference will be followed in short order by the meeting of the Division of Particle and Fields of the American Physical Society in Providence, RI, Aug.9-13, which will include a plenary session on celebrating the Tevatron and include a forum on Project X. At the end of August, the Lepton Photon Conference will take place in Mumbai, India.

On July 6, we held the annual meeting on the US/Japan Agreement on Particle Physics in Chicago. Thanks to this agreement we have built a very strong collaboration between the Japanese and U.S. communities during the last three and a half decades. Through the agreement and the corresponding collaboration with Japanese institutions we have received remarkable contributions to the Tevatron program. After the Tevatron shutdown, experiments onneutrinos and the rare decay of muons and kaons are central to both communities so we expect an equally strong collaboration in the future.

One major new activity is our preparation for the review of our Contract Assurance System or CAS. Following two internal reviews that indicated we needed to step up the pace, we have formed a task force chaired by Bob Kephart to get us ready for a DOE peer review at the end of August. Over the next few weeks you will be learning more about CAS and the benefits that it should bring to the lab.

Accelerator Update

July 8 - July 11

- Four stores provided ~33.25 hours of luminosity
- NuMI conducted a target scan and found water in their target. NuMI is off for about 2.5 weeks for a target change
- Since the Tevatron needed vacuum work, much of the Accelerator Complex conducted maintenance during the day shift on 7/8/11
- MI suffered from coalescing and damper problems
- MiniBooNE off due to high temperatures in the MI-12 service building
- Stash lost on 7/11/11 due to lightning strike
- Run coordinator allowed Tevatron heat exchanger work and other jobs during the day shift that would not hinder stacking and stashing

Read the Current Accelerator Update
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View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts


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