Monday, Aug. 8, 2011

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Monday, Aug. 8
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II

Tuesday, Aug. 9
10:30 a.m.
Research Techniques Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Y. P. Prabhakara Rao and Rejeena Rani, Bharat Electronics, Ltd.
Title: Detector Development at Bharat Electronics
3:30 p.m.

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Fermilab’s technical centers contribute to T2K’s success

The thin films group within PPD's Technical Centers, led by Eileen Hahn, sputters thin layers of aluminum on the ends of optical fibers, for applications in detectors such as the T2K near detector. Photo: Eileen Hahn

Advancements in high-energy physics rely on the combined efforts of hundreds of physicists and engineers from around the world.

Fermilab employees in the Particle Physics Division’s technical centers are proud to have played a small role in the recent indications of neutrino oscillations by the T2K experiment in Japan, whose findings could lead to an explanation for why we live in a matter-dominated universe.

The thin films and scintillation detector development groups within the PPD’s Technical Centers processed the optical fibers and developed scintillators that helped capture and amplify the light resulting from particle interactions in the T2K near detector.

Fermilab was chosen for this project because of its impressive track record and extensive experience with fiber processing and scintillation development, said Hogan Nguyen, who was the head of PPD’s Technical Centers when this work was done.

“Even though Fermilab is not part of the T2K collaboration, the groups cared about it as though it was their own,” Nguyen said. “It is really nice to finally see their work be part of an exciting new result from T2K, which will likely affect the future of Fermilab.”

The thin-films group has 20 years of experience with fiber processing and has contributed to numerous particle physics experiments at Fermilab and beyond, including CDF, DZero, CMS and MINERvA.

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Christine Herman


DOE relaunches website

The U.S. Department of Energy announced today the next step of its comprehensive website reform, making a cutting-edge, interactive information platform and saving taxpayers more than $10 million annually.

Through a complete overhaul of its front-end and back-end design, modernizes how consumers and businesses access the information and resources they need to save money and energy while improving Departmental staff’s ability to interact with the public and each other.

“Our goal is to make easier to use, more transparent and more participatory,” said Secretary Chu.

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From SLAC Today

Tools of the trade: New x-ray microscopy technique images magnetic nanostructure

A new X-ray technique for producing instantaneous nanoscale images of the magnetic polarity in materials has been demonstrated by SLAC scientist Joshua Turner. Such a capability is important for understanding the basics of magnetism and how new “spintronic” materials, which use the "up-down" spins of electrons to furnish the "on-off" instructions currently provided to electronic devices by plus and minus electric charges, would behave in future energy-efficient computers, digital memories and data storage devices.

The new method combines aspects of two existing X-ray techniques: one that determines 3-D molecular arrangements with another that is sensitive to magnetic structures.

“Biologists can use coherent X-ray techniques to calculate the electronic structure of complicated molecules from the pattern of X-rays diffracted off their electrons,” Turner said. "But it turns out that the formula they use actually contains more parts that relate to the electron spin of magnetic atoms, such as iron and cobalt."

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Mike Ross

ES&H Tip of the Week:
Computer Security

Where's my spam?

Report spam with Fermilab's online reporting tool.

Two unrelated changes in the computer security environment at Fermilab took place last week, one technical and one involving personnel.

The first involves a subject dear to everyone’s heart: email. Starting last Tuesday, as part of the FermiMail project, all incoming and outgoing Fermilab email is being routed through Message Labs, a cloud service that checks our mail for spam and viruses. Instead of providing this service in house, which requires us to continually update virus and scan signatures, we can take advantage of the much larger pool of mail available to the Message Lab specialists and get more timely filtering at less cost and effort to Fermilab.

What does that mean for the average user? First, you should see much less spam. There should not be any further emails filling up your tagged spam folder on imap or exchange servers. If you have a suspicion that some mail you were expecting has not reached you because it has been identified as spam, you can open a service desk ticket to allow Message Labs to examine its collection of quarantined spam to see if your mail was placed there.

Please visit the Computing Division's website for more information about the FermiMail project.

In a second, unrelated change, Irwin Gaines has taken over retiring Mark Leininger's responsibilities as Fermilab Computer Security Manager, which include writing this column. I, Irwin, will strive to continue Mark's record of avoiding severe security incidents and keeping the Fermilab community informed with computer safety tips.

—Irwin Gaines

Accelerator Update

Aug. 3-5

- Antiproton Source LCW leak fixed
- New Meson Fixed Target Test Beam experiment T-1010 took beam
- MTA took beam
- Linac, Booster and Main Injector were reset after a ComEd power glitch
- Work continued on the Recycler Pelletron

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