Tuesday, April 24, 2012

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Tuesday, April 24
10:30 p.m.
Research Techniques Seminar - One West
Speaker: Antonino Miceli, Argonne National Laboratory
Title: Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors for X-Ray Science
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Richard Talman, Cornell University
Title: Storage Ring Measurement of Electric Dipole Moments of Protons and Other Baryons

Wednesday, April 25
2 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - Sunrise, WH11
Speaker: Michele Papucci, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Title: Natural and Flavored SUSY at the LHC
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium -
One West
Speaker: Kerry Bernstein, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Title: The Post-CMOS Switch: Benchmarking the Replacement Candidates

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Tuesday, April 24

- Breakfast: Bagel sandwich
- Golden broccoli cheese soup
- Fish & chips
- Coconut crusted tilapia
- Burgundy beef tips
- La grande sandwich
- Assorted calzones
- Chicken fajitas

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, April 25
- Grilled pork kabobs w/ manchamantel sauce
- Spanish rice
- Margarita cake

Friday, April 27
Guest chef: Martin Murphy
- Mixed greens, red wine vinegar & olive oil, seasoned dressing
- Baked mostacholi w/ meat sauce
- Traditional Sicilian antipasto
- Sicilian pork spidini
- Roasted vegetables
- Cannoli

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University of Minnesota Press Release

Federal and state officials to celebrate opening of high-tech physics lab in northern Minnesota

A dedication ceremony for the completed laboratory building in Ash River, Minn. will take place on Friday, April 27.

Massive laboratory will support 15,000-ton particle detector that will help unlock mysteries of the origin of the universe

Unlocking mysteries of the universe's origin will take a landmark step forward this month with the opening of the NuMI Off-Axis Electron Neutrino Appearance (NOvA) far detector building, a laboratory of the School of Physics and Astronomy in the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities College of Science and Engineering. Officials from the U.S. Department of Energy, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) and the University of Minnesota will gather for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the first-of-its-kind facility Friday, April 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Located near the Ash River, about 40 miles southeast of International Falls and 30 miles northeast of Orr, Minn., NOvA represents the world's most advanced neutrino experiment. The unique laboratory was specifically designed to house a 15,000-ton particle detector that will study subatomic particles called neutrinos, fundamental building blocks of matter that can help researchers discover how the universe was formed and how it will develop in the future.

To read the full press release, click here.

In the News

No shame

From Nature, April 18, 2012

The handling of results suggesting faster-than-light neutrinos was a model of fitting behaviour.

If the public learned one thing about physics last year, it was that a particle had been found that might travel faster than the speed of light. Most people were probably vague about what the particle was, but they seemed to grasp the significance. The Universe's speed limit was in doubt, and anything might be possible. The result, announced by scientists at the OPERA neutrino experiment in Gran Sasso, Italy, may have been wrong, but the message conveyed about science was not. Late last month, following a vote of no-confidence in their leadership, OPERA's two top scientists resigned. Yet both men, along with the rest of the collaboration, can hold their heads high.

The vote and the resignations have not been officially blamed on the media circus over the faster-than-light neutrinos, which OPERA brought to public attention and was then forced to admit did not exist after all.

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In the News

Lots to learn at Fermilab's Family Open House

From Daily Herald, April 22, 2012

The annual Fermilab Family Open House never gets old for Jen Gatsch and her three daughters.

"Every year we come and see the experiments and each time we just get a touch of them," Jen Gatsch explained Sunday during the national accelerator laboratory's seventh hosting of the event. Then we come back and they explain something else. We get something new every year and the kids have a great time learning things."

That's exactly what Spencer Pasero, education program leader at Fermilab, and his colleagues want to hear from visitors.

"This is basically a party for kids," Pasero said. "We want kids to come in and experience physics in as many different ways as possible. We want them to be excited about physics and science so that they will do more of it."

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Director's Corner

U.S./Japan meeting

Participants met for the annual U.S./Japan meeting in Shonan Village, Japan last week.

This week we have something to celebrate: Friday's inauguration of the facilities near Ash River, Minn., where NOvA will operate starting in 2014 and continue at least through the early 2020s. The facility is ready for the construction of the detector, which will use the massive block pivoter developed and tested at Fermilab to rotate and position 200-ton detector blocks. It will be exciting to see the 15,000-ton detector in Minnesota come together over the next year in parallel with our work here at Fermilab to upgrade the accelerator complex and construct NOvA's near detector cavern. With NOvA, we have an extremely powerful program ahead of us.

Another important event taking place this week is the workshop on LBNE options taking place on April 25 and 26. The LBNE Reconfiguration Steering Committee and both the Physics and Cost/Engineering working groups have met a number of times. The minutes of the meetings and relevant documentation are posted here. We have some preliminary analysis of the various options to share and discuss with the broader community at the workshop. We want to receive input on these options as well as other ideas that might improve on them.

Finally, last week our Japanese colleagues hosted the 34th meeting of the U.S./Japan Committee for Cooperation in High Energy Physics. This committee meets in the United States and Japan in alternate years to discuss collaboration between our two countries. When this mechanism was first established, the cooperative activities were primarily centered on U.S. facilities such as the Positron Electron Project at SLAC and the Tevatron Collider at Fermilab. Move forward three decades and the activities are much more balanced with very strong facilities in Japan both at KEK, with the Super KEKB factory, and neutrino and fixed-target experiments at J-PARC. The scope of work covered by the U.S./Japan collaboration has also expanded to include work at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven, joint work on the ILC, advanced detector R&D and even some work on the Cosmic Microwave Background. Participants at the meeting were offered tours of both KEK and J-PARC, where the recovery from last year's earthquake has been very impressive. We look forward to continued close collaboration with our Japanese colleagues on activities in both countries.

Accelerator Update

April 20-23

- Booster RF station 11 tripped off
- MiniBooNE completed its run for 2012
Read the Current Accelerator Update
Read the Early Bird Report
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts


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