Friday, June 15, 2012

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Friday, June 15
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Project X Physics Study - One West
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3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Joint Experiment-Theoretical Physics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Stephen Holmes, Fermilab
Title: Project X: Accelerator Goals and Challenges

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3:30 p.m.



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Project X workshop to develop future experiment framework

The Project X Physics Study at Fermilab runs through June 23.

From June 14 to 23, the Project X Physics Study, hosted at Fermilab, will put particle physicists from around the United States and the globe to work on strategizing their future experiments using Fermilab's planned multi-megawatt proton facility, Project X.

Project X is currently a three-stage project that will produce the most intense proton beams in the world. As the flagship endeavor of the Intensity Frontier, where Fermilab hopes to focus most of its future experiments, Project X would enhance currently planned experiments using neutrinos, muons and kaons and create possibilities for new studies.

But before that can happen, the Project X team needs to develop a plan they can present at next year's Snowmass conference, a meeting of members of the high-energy physics community hosted by the American Physical Society Division of Particles and Fields. That is the goal of this workshop, said Project X scientist and workshop co-chair Bob Tschirhart.

"We want to provide a 'cookbook' of experiments for Snowmass," Tschirhart said. That cookbook would involve knowing what experiments scientists want to do, what materials they would need, what methods they would have to develop and the associated price tag of the entire experiment.

After the first two days of plenary sessions, the team of about 150 visiting scientists will divide into two main groups. One group's task is to explore what experimental opportunities are available, and the other's is to determine what detector technologies would be necessary for those opportunities.

"It's an exploration of what Project X can do and how it relates back to the big questions we're trying to answer in particle physics," said Project X manager and workshop co-chair Steve Holmes.

Construction on the first phase of Project X could begin in the latter half of the decade, but the workshop will explore all three phases. When completed, Project X would include a continuous-wave superconducting accelerator and a pulsed accelerator to be integrated into the existing accelerator complex.

A public wine and cheese seminar will take place today at 4 p.m., with Holmes presenting the overall Project X plan. Next Friday, Tschirhart and the workshop attendees will present their work in a second public wine and cheese seminar.

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NuSTAR is in the sky

From, June 13, 2012

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) was launched from Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean today. NuSTAR is primed to hunt for black holes and other celestial bodies, scanning the sky in the high-energy X-ray (6–79 keV) region of the electromagnetic spectrum. The observatory was launched from a Pegasus XL rocket carried by a "Stargazer" aircraft that took off an hour before the actual launch time.

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Physics in a Nutshell

Why high intensity?

The Intensity Frontier allows physicists to pursue the rarest phenomena accessible by modern techniques.

One of the phrases you often hear around the Fermilab cafeteria is "the Intensity Frontier." Did you ever wonder what that means and why the laboratory is heading in that direction?

Essentially, having high intensity means that the beams are very concentrated. You may have also heard scientists use the term "high luminosity." The traditional meaning of the word luminous is "very bright," and in particle physics, both luminosity and intensity refer to the brightness of particle beams. You can achieve bright beams by packing more particles in the beams or by focusing the beams to a tiny area, thus increasing the number of particle collisions you have per second.

The reason you want to increase the number of collisions is that not all collisions are equally likely. Some are very common, while others are incredibly rare. The common ones are already well understood. It's by examining the rare ones that we can conduct fruitful searches for new physical phenomena.

This approach to discovery is analogous to playing the lottery. The chance of any particular lottery ticket winning a big jackpot is vanishingly small, with odds as bad as a 100-million-to-1. That's very much like the possibility of any individual collision undergoing some new and undiscovered interaction. The only way to improve the odds of seeing something new is to make a lot of collisions in hopes that one of them will do something rare, just as buying many more lottery tickets increases your chances of winning. Thus making bright particle beams is an excellent way to search for new phenomena.

Yet another reason that high-luminosity beams are valuable comes from the principles of quantum mechanics. It is a fundamental tenet of classical physics that energy is always conserved. However, in the quantum realm, energy conservation can be violated, if the violation occurs for a short enough time. This phenomenon is embodied in the form of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle.

Because of this, phenomena that ordinarily occur only at energies far above those the LHC can achieve will occasionally occur at lower energies. This is very rare, but looking for rare things is what high-luminosity beams are all about.

With Fermilab's decision to pursue the Intensity Frontier, the discovery potential is very bright.

Don Lincoln

Click here to read the expanded column on the Intensity Frontier.


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