Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012

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Wednesday, Jan. 4
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Christ Lintott, University of Oxford
Title: What to do with 500,000 Scientists

Thursday, Jan. 5
10 a.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Brian Nord, University of Michigan
Title: Can We Realize the Potential of Galaxy Cluster Surveys with Multi-Wavelength Analyses?
1 p.m. Special Seminar - One West
Speaker: Paul Alivisatos, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Title: Scientific Case for a Next Generation Light Source: A Transformative Tool for X-Ray Science
3:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, Jan. 4

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Special Announcement

Paul Alivisatos lecture - Jan. 5

Paul Alivisatos
Photo courtesy of LBNL, Roy Kaltschmidt

Paul Alivisatos, the director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will be at Fermilab from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5. He will give a lecture titled, "Scientific Case for a Next Generation Light Source: A Transformative Tool for X-ray Science," in One West.

From symmetry breaking

LHC heads into new year with first particle discovery

For an explanation of the above graphs, please click here. Image courtesy of the ATLAS collaboration

The first new particle was seen at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland shortly before Christmas.

The ATLAS collaboration announced the discovery of the particle Chi-b(3P), which consists of a bottom quark and antiquark particle bound together by the strong force. This force holds all atomic nuclei together so understanding Chi-b (3) could help physicists understand better how the tiniest components of matter hold together to form the basis of everything you see: planets, people, plants.

Theorists have long proposed the existence of the Chi-b (3P), but until know it was not observed at any experiments. The particle is slightly heavier than predicted, meaning the quark anti-quark pair are a little more loosely bound than expected.

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Tona Kunz

In the News

International Linear Collider race starts in physics

From USA Today, Jan. 2, 2012

Christmas ham, Thanksgiving turkey and Halloween treats only go so far to explain weight gains.

Nope, as another New Year rings in, we're going to have to go all the way down to the subatomic scale to get a handle on the mystery of mass, why stuff weighs what it does.

And while we were celebrating over the holiday season, the real race has kicked off in fundamental physics — a $10 billion one aimed at just this massive mystery — and it isn't to find the so-called "God Particle."

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In the News

AAAS members elected as fellows

From, Dec. 23, 2011

In November 2011, the AAAS Council elected 539 members as Fellows of AAAS. These individuals will be recognized for their contributions to science and technology at the Fellows Forum to be held on 18 February 2012 during the AAAS Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. The new Fellows will receive a certificate and a blue and gold rosette as a symbol of their distinguished accomplishments.

Presented by section affiliation, they are:

Section on Physics:

Harald Ade, North Carolina State Univ. • Alexander V. Balatsky, Los Alamos National Laboratory • Albert-László Barabási, Northeastern Univ. • Jerzy Bernholc, North Carolina State Univ. • Theodore W. Bowyer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory • Samuel Leon Braunstein, Univ. of York, UK • R. Sekhar Chivukula, Michigan State Univ. • Margaret Dobrowolska, Univ. of Notre Dame • George William Foster, Research Physicist and Former U.S. Representative • Jacek K. Furdyna, Univ. of Notre Dame • Efim Gluskin, Argonne National Laboratory • Alan J. Heeger, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara • Tin-Lun (Jason) Ho, Ohio State Univ. • Jainendra K. Jain, Pennsylvania State Univ. • Bobby R. Junker, U.S. Office of Naval Research • Shiv N. Khanna, Virginia Commonwealth Univ. • Young-Kee Kim, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory/Univ. of Chicago

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From the Computing Division

Teamcenter is almost here

Rich Stanek

Rich Stanek, Teamcenter program sponsor, wrote this week's column.

The saying goes that good things come to those who wait; well, the wait is almost over. The laboratory is moving towards a common Engineering Data Management System (EDMS) called Teamcenter. It captures elements of the approved Fermilab engineering process, as described in our Engineering Manual, and the associated documents it generates. Teamcenter will move into production this year.

Teamcenter will be a major advancement for Fermilab as it will allow a more consistent and organized approach to engineering data management. With this tool, the days of storing important engineering documents on individual hard drives or on hard-to-access share volumes are over. Documents, computer-aided design (CAD) models and drawings, specifications and engineering analysis can all be stored in a central repository searchable by our entire technical staff. The embedded work flow capabilities will allow more efficient review of documents as well as electronic signoff. Automatic notification will let people know when there has been a modification to a document or CAD file. This will be a major change in the way we do business but it has the potential to dramatically increase our productivity. The goal is to have all types of engineering data available to our staff and collaborators.

Teamcenter is a multi-year implementation that will begin with a few pilot projects and then incorporate project engineering data in a sequential fashion. This first phase will concentrate on mechanical CAD and general engineering documentation. Over time, additional functionality will be added and CAD for other engineering disciplines, such as electrical and civil, will be incorporated. To help make the transition, training tools are being developed and formal training will be available.

Making the transition to a laboratory-wide EDMS is an incredibly challenging task requiring the efforts of many key individuals to assure we make wise choices in configuration. The teamwork exhibited by the Computing Sector experts, led by Tony Metz, Rich Karuhn and Bob Andree, the technical staff on our Core Team, our many contributors from the design groups and the Siemens Services team has been exceptional.

I wish to offer my thanks to all who have contributed and to everyone who will use the system in the spirit of cooperation and collaboration it promotes. As we launch into exploration at a new science frontier, we also unveil a new tool to help us do our jobs even better.

Accelerator Update

Dec. 28 - Jan. 2

- FTBF experiment T-1019 continued taking beam
- Muon rings personnel conducted studies
- MiniBooNE lost beam time due to problems with power supply
- Operators tuned the accelerators
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