Tuesday, April 10, 2012

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Tuesday, April 10
3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 11
2 p.m.
Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Soo-Bong Kim, Seoul National University
Title: Observation of the Last, Weakest Neutrino Oscillation at RENO
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium -
One West
Speaker: Donald Umstadter, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Title: An All-Laser-Driven X-Ray Synchrotron Light Source

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Christian Schwanenberger awarded IOP Career Prize

Christian Schwanenberger

Congratulations to Christian Schwanenberger for winning this year's early career prize from the UK's Institute of Physics High Energy Particle Physics group. He was selected for his distinguished work in measuring the properties of the top quark, particularly the first evidence of spin correlation, as well as his leadership in DZero.

The award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to particle physics, specifically to physicists early in their careers. A list of previous winners can be found here.

From symmetry breaking

Physicists mobilize to rescue U.S. neutrino experiment

The Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment's design includes a neutrino detector in the Sanford Underground Research Facility, formerly Homestake Mine, in South Dakota. Photo: Jennifer Snyder

Neutrino physicists in the U.S. have begun to regroup after a disappointing setback last week, when they learned the Department of Energy would not support the budget of a major proposed experiment.

The silver lining, as they see it, is that they have the chance to reevaluate their plans and find a path forward. DOE officials asked Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory to study ways to make the costs of the Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment more manageable, such as dividing its construction into stages or working with an existing neutrino beam.

"On the one hand, we're of course disappointed that we cannot do the whole experiment at once," said Pier Oddone, director of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. "On the other hand, we're encouraged. So long as we can get to the ultimate physics goals, we are happy."

LBNE scientists hope to explore unanswered questions about neutrinos, some of the most abundant but least understood particles in the universe. Neutrinos have been surprising physicists since they were first discovered in 1956.

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Prince of the prairie at Fermilab

A coyote pauses to feel the wind on his face and smell the spring. Photo: Marty Murphy, AD
In the News

Particle accelerators' search for nature's hidden dimensions comes up empty

From Ars Technica, April 6, 2012

It sounds like something that should be reported at the Onion, but here I am to tell you that the people who run the CMS detector at the LHC have just released their most recent results. Apparently, if there are extra dimensions, they haven't been hiding anywhere the LHC can find them. To add to the misery of extra dimension hunters, the data from Fermilab's D0 collaboration has also been used to not find extra dimensions.

No, seriously—with the LHC performing so well, the folks at CMS have a huge amount of data. And although the Tevatron is no more, the data remains, and the D0 folk have not been afraid to use it. Between the two of them, they have now eliminated a large range of possibilities when it comes to hidden dimensions, which puts some limits on the imagination of string theorists.

The two detector teams looked for the same signature of extra dimensions using the wave-like nature of particles. Every particle has a wavepacket, which is the wave-like nature of a particle that is confined by the particle's mass and motion to a region surrounding the particle's current location.

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Director's Corner

Our plan for discovery

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone

When I returned from a trip to Europe some months ago, the officer stamping passports at O'Hare looked at my address, which is on the Fermilab site, and mentioned that it was too bad I would lose my home since Fermilab was shutting down. It gave me an opportunity to let him know that we are very much alive and kicking and that the Tevatron closure was not the closure of Fermilab. It was, however, a reminder that many members of the public believe that Fermilab is shutting down now that the Tevatron is no longer running. The particle physics community knows this isn't the case, but we must communicate our future plans to a broad audience.

We have taken many steps to inform the public and our representatives about the exciting post-Tevatron program at the Intensity Frontier that includes new facilities and experiments on our site. More broadly, we have explained the programs we have at the energy, intensity and cosmic frontiers of particle physics and in technology R&D. Fermilab plays an essential role at all three frontiers and there are many experiments that we must do if we are to reach a unified understanding of nature at the smallest and the largest distance scales.

The March 19 letter from Bill Brinkman explaining that LBNE as presently designed is not affordable under current budget projections and asking us to consider a phased approach has increased the confusion about the future of Fermilab. What is missed in this discussion is that we have a vital program in the next ten years with a set of world-class experiments at the Intensity Frontier that use the existing accelerators at Fermilab. In studying the many aspects of neutrino physics we have NOvA, MINOS+, MicroBooNE and MINERvA; in studying the charged lepton sector: Mu2e and g-2; and, supported by the nuclear physics program of DOE, the SeaQuest experiment.

What is at stake with LBNE is the long-term future of Fermilab in the neutrino area. I am certain that we will propose attractive alternatives for a phased approach that the DOE Office of Science will be able to support. The groups that I discussed in my column last week have been formed and have started to meet this week. We have many simulation efforts underway and are planning a workshop to take place April 25 and 26 at Fermilab. The draft report will be finished by June. Our plan for discovery will change in the details of how we do LBNE, but not the ultimate goal of the experiment.

Accelerator Update

April 6-9

- FTBF experiment T-992 continued to take beam
- A Linac Klystron RF station developed a water leak and its tube was replaced
- A Booster kicker caused MiniBooNE beam permit trips
Read the Current Accelerator Update
Read the Early Bird Report
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts


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