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From symmetry breaking

Proposed neutrino experiment bounces back, ready to move on

Fermilab Deputy Director Young-Kee Kim speaks during a workshop about LBNE reconfiguration. Photo: Fermilab

A few months ago, the future seemed uncertain for what could be the world's most powerful neutrino experiment.

Now, thanks to a new phased construction plan, the proposed Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment is back on track and ready to advance to the next stage of the U.S. Department of Energy approval process.

Scientists outlined the phased approach of the LBNE experiment in a report released [last] week.

"This project is a great opportunity for the United States and the worldwide particle physics community," said Young-Kee Kim, deputy director of Fermilab, the host laboratory for LBNE. "It builds on the strength we have."

The proposed LBNE experiment would take advantage of decades of research and development in the area of neutrino physics at Fermilab.

Neutrinos are ghostly particles that interact with other matter so infrequently they can sail right through thousands of miles of rock. Yet, because neutrinos are so ubiquitous, scientists think they played a crucial role in the evolution of the universe.

Worldwide neutrino research efforts gained momentum in March when the Daya Bay experiment in China pinpointed a critical neutrino property known as theta-13, one of the long-sought quantities that describe how often a certain type of neutrino morphs into another type. Scientists working on the RENO neutrino experiment in Korea confirmed the value of theta-13 when they announced their own measurement a few weeks later. If the measure had been a very small value, an experiment like LBNE might have a difficult time answering the next questions in neutrino physics. But theta-13 turned out to be quite large, giving LBNE the potential to make a comprehensive set of new measurements.

"I have no doubt that we are going to do this science," said LBNE co-spokesperson Milind Diwan of Brookhaven National Laboratory. "The question is: Is it going to be done in the United States?"

In March, Bill Brinkman, the director of the Department of Energy's Office of Science, informed LBNE scientists that the U.S. government could not finance the experiment as had been proposed. He asked Pier Oddone, the director of Fermilab, to reorganize the proposed construction plan into less expensive phases, with the first phase costing about $700-800 million.

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Kathryn Jepsen

In the News

Beyond Higgs, CERN searches for unseen particle world

From Reuters, Aug. 9, 2012

GENEVA, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Scientists who stunned the world with their discovery of a particle that may be the basic building block of the universe now are on the lookout for a hitherto unseen world of particles that could open the way to finalising a "theory of everything."

CERN scientists, who announced last month that - almost certainly - the elusive Higgs boson had been spotted, are trawling through the vast volume of material produced in the Geneva research centre's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) for signs of what they call "SUSY".

Formally known as Supersymmetry, SUSY is the idea that every one of the elementary particles that make up the universe and everything in it has an almost, but not quite identical, "superpartner".

"SUSY is still a very valid option and we have just started to constrain it on the energy scale," CERN particle physicist Oliver Buchmueller told Reuters.

"There are many regions on the map of where it should be that we have still to explore."

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Quality Assurance

Suspect and counterfeit items: Know your product

Be vigilant to avoid purchasing counterfeit items.

We all know about the risks of suspect or counterfeit items (S/CI) in our personal and professional purchases, such as knock-off watches, contaminated pet food, bolts and electronic components, so we avoid questionable suppliers. We've heard stories of catastrophic equipment failures and pharmaceutical poisonings resulting from the use of S/CI.

Depending solely on the reputation of your supplier or avoiding lowest-cost sources isn't always enough. Many suppliers themselves are fooled and may unknowingly be supplying S/CI. Counterfeiters are engaged in fraud and stay in business by finding novel ways of inserting their products into high-quality supply chains. But with S/CI making their way into reputable supply chains, what's the best way to avoid these dangerous items?

The only effective responses are vigilance and knowledge of the product you're purchasing. Does the product you're purchasing carry a third-party certification, such as certification from Underwriters Laboratories? If so, check the certification logo and file number carefully. Do the materials have published test results? Review them for inconsistencies. Does the packaging look the same as previous purchases? Many products such as electronics and fasteners are required to carry specific product markings or ratings. Know what these requirements are and look for indicators before using the product. If in doubt, you can check the company's website or consult with a subject matter expert to see what to look for. Fermilab's Office of Quality and Best Practices has links to various sites for information regarding product marking. Your organization's S/CI coordinator can also be a valuable resource.

Two new Fermilab training courses for S/CI are in development and will be rolled out soon. One provides information on the Fermilab S/CI program, including material control and reporting. The other focuses on the identification of different types of S/CI using common indicators. An announcement will be made when the new training is available.

Kurt Mohr

Special Announcement

Fermilab Today Higgs week special online

A snapshot of the recent media coverage on the newly discovered Higgs-like particle is now online as part of the Fermilab Today archives. View television and newspaper coverage of the Tevatron results, opinion pieces on CERN's particle discovery and photos of groups around the world who watched the CERN seminar broadcast live. See these and other Higgs media highlights.


Today's New Announcements

Fermilab Triathlon - Aug. 18

Budker Seminar - today

Heartland Blood Drive - today and tomorrow

Drawing to win palm tree - Aug. 15

University of Chicago Tuition Remission Program deadline - Aug. 17

Howard Levy & Chris Siebold - Aug. 18

URA Visiting Scholars Program deadline - Aug. 27

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