Monday, Oct. 31, 2011

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Monday, Oct. 31
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Tracy Slatyer, Institute for Advanced Study
Title: Signatures of Dark Matter Annihilation in the Cosmic Microwave Background
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: T-1008: SuperB Instrumented Flux Return in the FTBF; DZero Cosmic Ray Running

Tuesday, Nov. 1
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Sergiy Gladchenko, University of Maryland
Title: Application of Superconducting Resonators for Study of Two Level Defect States in Dielectrics

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Monday, Oct. 31

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Project X team takes shape

From left: Sergei Nagaitsev, project scientist for the accelerator facility; Bob Tschirhart, project scientist for the experimental program; Jim Kerby, project engineer. Photo: Cindy Arnold

The Project X leadership team is taking shape with the creation of three new positions to help guide the proposed accelerator facility to realization. Bob Tschirhart is the project scientist for the experimental program, Sergei Nagaitsev is the project scientist for the accelerator facility and Jim Kerby is the project engineer.

“These three are the key to moving Project X forward,” said Steve Holmes, project manager for Project X. “They will provide leadership to establish the design, and to ultimately coordinate the construction, for this forefront facility. They will do this within the context of a multi-institutional collaboration.”

Project X would provide high-intensity beams of protons to various experiments, of which there are currently more than 20 concepts. As project scientist for the experimental program, Tschirhart will work with the scientific community to shape the program for the optimal physics reach.

“The last 20 years in particle physics have been fantastic,” Tschirhart said. “Major discoveries have marked that past two decades of our field and we have very strong indications on where other new physics can exist. Project X will only take us further.”

Tschirhart has conducted research at the intensity frontier since 1990. A Fermilab employee since 1992, he was selected for the project scientist role after an international search.

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Ashley WennersHerron

Photo of the Day

Snapped: A snapping turtle

On Oct. 25, this large snapping turtle was found in the road of the Main Injector ring. While he was seemingly indifferent to the cars and people around him, he was moved to the grass for his own safety. Photo: Marty Murphy, AD
In the News

NSF expects DOE to reimburse 2012 lab cost

From Black Hills Pioneer, Oct. 28, 2011

The Department of Energy will reimburse the National Science Foundation for the costs incurred by funding operations at the Sanford Lab in 2012.

Lisa Van Pay, a spokeswoman for the NSF said Tuesday, “NSF has agreed to provide support for continuous pumping at Sanford Lab until the DOE Fiscal Year 2012 budget is approved. NSF will recoup these costs from the DOE.”

Van Pay also reported that the National Science Board, which governs major NSF expenditures, is aware of the decision to provide operating funds. In December 2010 the National Science Board voted to pull the plug on future financial support for the Sanford Lab and DUSEL, even though the project started as the result of a National Science Foundation request for proposals. At that time, the National Science Board called for the Department of Energy to assume stewardship of the project.

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In the News

Hunting season for Higgs ends

From Nature, Oct. 28, 2011

But researchers confident that the existence of the Higgs boson will be decided in 2012.

This year's hunt for the Higgs boson is drawing to a close. On 30 October, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, Europe's particle-physics laboratory near Geneva, will end its 2011 run of the proton–proton collisions that search for the elusive particle, thought to give other fundamental particles their mass.

But physicists believe that the collider will have collected enough data by the end of 2012, after experiments resume in March, to say whether the Higgs exists. In fact, they say, strong hints of whether or not it exists may be present in data already collected. "We are entering the golden year for the Higgs search," says Guido Tonelli, spokesman for the LHC's CMS experiment, one of the detectors that is used in the search for the Higgs boson, "and in the next few months we may be able to give important messages."

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ES&H Tip of the Week:

Sustainability starts with knowing what to buy

This is an experimental bioenergy plot at Fermilab, south of Batavia Road near the Village. Ethanol produced from switch grass has about 75 percent less embodied energy than either gasoline or ethanol made from corn. Photo: Rod Walton

Once again, it is time to prepare our Site Sustainability Report and submit it to DOE. This annual report is intended to demonstrate to DOE and the federal government how Fermilab will contribute to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions through a combination of energy-efficient practices and wise purchases.

While the term sustainable is often used, many people struggle to articulate a definition. The most often used definition, put forth in the 1980s by a United Nations Council, defines sustainability as “…meet[ing] the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Many of our actions begin by purchasing items, materials or services, so an important part of understanding sustainability is to realize that purchasing decisions have consequences, some of them unintended and unknown. A useful concept in evaluating potential purchases is embodied energy, which recognizes that the true cost of an item must account for the energy necessary to extract its raw materials, manufacture, transport and dispose of it.

Minimizing these hidden costs can lower the overall impact of our purchases. Finding things that are manufactured from recycled rather than virgin materials, are made close to where we want to use them, and that ultimately can be reused or recycled all lower the total energy needed to get the item into, and out of, our hands.

Another important aspect of making purchasing decisions is how much energy and cost is involved in maintaining the item, and its life expectancy. While it may make sense in the short term to buy an item that costs 20 percent less, if it will require 25 percent more energy to operate, it’s really more costly in the long term.

When deciding what to purchase for work, or in your own home, considering embodied energy and associated hidden costs makes good economic and environmental sense.

Rod Walton, Fermilab ecologist

Accelerator Update

Oct. 26-28

- Main Injector RF station repaired
- FTBF experiment T-1015 took beam
- The Neutron Therapy Facility treated patients
- Antiproton Source personnel conducted Mu2e studies
- NuMI set record for most protons on target in one day - 1.439E18

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