Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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Tuesday, July 30

Undergraduate Lecture Series - One West
Speaker: Mark Pankuch, Central DuPage Hospital
Title: Cancer Treatment

3:30 p.m.


Wednesday, July 31

3:30 p.m.


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Tuesday, July 30

- Breakfast: All-American breakfast
- Breakfast: bacon, egg and cheese bagel
- Grilled reuben sandwich
- Smart cuisine: Caribbean jerk barbecue skewers
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- Smart cuisine: Cuban black-bean soup
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- Assorted pizza by the slice

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Probing the (not so) familiar proton at Fermilab

The proposed polarized proton program at Fermilab aims to answer fundamental questions about the proton and the universe.

Among the particle zoo's numerous denizens, the proton, along with the electron, is the closest to being a household name. And yet, a century after its discovery, the familiar proton has managed to keep some fundamental facts about itself extremely close to the vest.

Researchers are currently proposing experiments based at Fermilab to pry this information from the not-so-well-understood particle. Using an intense beam of polarized protons to probe a stationary proton, they hope to uncover some of what makes it tick—and to get answers to longstanding questions about our universe.

One proposed experiment is to measure a proton property called the electric dipole moment, or EDM, which is shorthand for the spatial separation between a negative and positive charge along the spin direction of a particle. The proton EDM has never been measured to be more than zero, but experiment could reveal that it is instead extremely tiny—equivalent to a positive and negative unit charge separated by a distance on the order of 10 trillion trillion times smaller than the width of a human hair.

"I was once asked, 'Can we make an experiment directly sensitive to the EDM?'" said Brookhaven National Laboratory's Yannis Semertzidis, who is leading the proton EDM measurement effort. "That was in 1996. This question has haunted me since."

Researchers could measure the proton EDM directly using a polarized proton beam—a beam of protons whose spins are all aligned—at the right energy. If it uncovered an EDM, it would bring scientists closer to settling an enormous discrepancy: the difference between the amount of matter scientists measure in the universe and what they calculate it should be, which is off by a factor of a billion.

That isn't the only discrepancy researchers could tackle. Another is related to where the spin of the proton comes from. The proton has a spin of ½, but the spins of the proton's constituent quarks and gluons together fall short of that number. So far, scientists haven't been able to experimentally account for the remainder.

Using a polarized beam, researchers would minutely study the spins and momenta of the proton's component parts, perhaps finally reconciling, after decades of investigation, the proton-spin bookkeeping.

"It's like doing 100 years later what people did with the hydrogen atom—but inside the proton," said University of Michigan's Christine Aidala, chair of the polarized-proton workshop organizing committee.

Although the Fermilab accelerator complex does not currently have a way to deliver polarized beams, its beam intensities are practically unrivaled in the world, making it an attractive place to conduct these studies.

"Our advantage over other labs is intensity, and that's just with what we have now," said Argonne National Laboratory's Paul Reimer, who also works on Fermilab's SeaQuest experiment. Working with Brookhaven—the only laboratory in the United States that can deliver polarized proton beams—a group called Spin at Fermi is researching ways to polarize some of Fermilab's beam.

Scientists involved in the programs are now working to obtain funding for the projects. They hope the particle physics community can get behind the proposals and the search for new physics deep inside the proton.

"Once you get hooked on it, you can't let go," Semertzidis said. "The physics reach is just phenomenal."

Leah Hesla

Special Announcement

Batavia Road and east gate closed through Aug. 1

In conjunction with the temporary closure of Fermilab's east entrance, Fermilab's asphalt subcontractor will pave both Batavia Road and the bike path from Eola Road to the railroad tracks. This work will proceed through Aug. 1 or, in the event of weather delays, through Aug. 2.

Workers will control traffic traveling to and from the Village area, and there may be some traffic delays. This work will be coordinated with the railroad track repairs. Both Batavia Road and the east entrance will reopen either Friday, Aug. 2, or Saturday, Aug. 3, at 6:30 a.m.

Photo of the Day

All quiet on the Wilson front

Unlike the scene at Fermilab on Friday, full to bursting with people, cars and a big magnet, this picture of Wilson Hall shows how calm it can be at the laboratory—with not a single person or vehicle in sight. Photo: Elliott McCrory, AD
From symmetry

Scientists look to next decades in U.S. particle physics

From the output of a meeting that started Monday, U.S. particle physicists will chart a path to answering some of science's most intriguing questions.

[On Monday], more than 600 particle physicists from nearly 100 universities and laboratories came together on the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus. Over the next nine days, this diverse group of experts—who study the most fundamental components of our universe: energy, matter, space and time—will dream big. They will enumerate the field's most pressing scientific questions and contemplate the experiments needed to answer them.

"Particle physics answers some of the largest, most fundamental questions in all of science," said Michael Peskin, one of the conveners of the meeting, which was organized by the American Physical Society's Division of Particles and Fields. "By coming together to discuss these questions from multiple perspectives and techniques, we can identify opportunities for our field."

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Kelen Tuttle

Director's Corner

Partnerships and technology transfer

Jack Anderson

Fermilab's mission revolves around producing new knowledge through science, and the results can affect society in a considerable way. For instance, our partnerships with universities and industry have produced tangible innovations that enrich the lives of people around the globe: contributions to cancer therapy, the design of accelerators that may help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and advances in horticulture, to name a few.

As we look to the future, partnerships and technology transfer will become even more important to the success of Fermilab. The new Illinois Accelerator Research Center will provide an especially exciting—and challenging—opportunity to explore more efficient and effective partnering methods.

So, what can we learn from our past to help inform our future?

First, technology transfer does not happen overnight. The story of the Fermilab contribution to proton therapy for cancer patients began back in 1946 with an article written by Robert R. Wilson. Nearly 30 years later, researchers at the Neutron Treatment Facility began collaborating with universities and hospitals around the globe to further develop the therapy as a viable treatment option. Fermilab eventually built and tested the unique, room-size proton accelerator at the Loma Linda University Medical Center. The 1990 opening of LLUMC marked the first time that patients could receive proton treatment in a clinical setting.

Second, technology transfer is a team sport. While Fermilab can make important contributions to solving big industrial challenges such as greenhouse gas emissions, we need the right partners to help us transform our know-how into practical application. For example, Fermilab has been providing its accelerator expertise to PAVAC Industries, a manufacturer of electron beam technologies. The collaboration has produced a commercial accelerator design that can be used to treat the flue gas from coal-fired plants, turning pollutants into fertilizer.

Third, the technologies that are transferred don't need to be big to be important. Our collaboration with Ball Horticultural Company in West Chicago proves that good things can come in small packages. Salvia Mystic Spires Blue is one of several plant species that was developed out of and commercialized through collaboration.

Finally, when opportunity knocks, Fermilab must be ready and agile. We need to have the business systems in place to help us recognize those opportunities and form the right partnerships.

Over the coming months, we will be working hard to simplify and streamline our processes for forming agreements with our partners. But to make it work, we will need your participation and support. I encourage you to forward your thoughts and ideas to Fermilab's new Office of Partnerships and Technology Transfer, led by Cherri Schmidt.

From ESH&Q

Accelerate to a Healthy Lifestyle program starts Aug. 1

The ESH&Q Accelerate to a Healthy Lifestyle program runs from Aug. 1 to Oct. 31.

Mark your calendars. ESH&Q's fifth annual Accelerate to a Healthy Lifestyle program kicks off Aug. 1. It will run through Oct. 31.

Participants in the program aim to exercise a minimum of three times per week for 30 minutes. Exercise can include walking, running, playing tennis, swimming, biking, hiking and other activities.

For more information, please visit the Accelerate to a Healthy Lifestyle page through the Quick Links on the ESH&Q website. There you can join and enter your time electronically.

Construction Update

Interior work well under way at IARC OTE Building

Workers check the location of the raised access flooring pedestals in the IARC Office, Technical and Education Building. Photo: Cindy Arnold

With the IARC OTE Building nearly 90 percent complete, interior work is well under way. In this picture the mechanical subcontractor is working closely with the raised access flooring (RAF) subcontractor to ensure all underfloor utilities are in the correct location for the RAF floor pedestals. Drywall and window sills have been installed along the perimeter. Above-ceiling work and installation of ceiling grid is nearing completion.

In the News

Strange particles shape-shift from one flavor to another

From NBC News, July 23, 2013

Exotic particles called neutrinos have been caught in the act of shape-shifting, switching from one flavor to another, in a discovery that could help solve the mystery of antimatter.

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Today's New Announcements

Asphalt work on Batavia Road from Eola Road to east gate through Aug. 1 or Aug. 2

NALWO tour to Garfield Farm - July 31

What's Your Financial IQ Challenge runs from July 1 - 31

July EAP webinar

Batavia Road entrance closed until Aug. 1 or Aug. 2

C2ST presents The Physics of Baseball - Aug. 2

Fermilab Heartland Blood Drive - Aug. 12 and 13

UChicago Tuition Remission program deadline - Aug. 22

URA Visiting Scholars program deadline - Aug. 26

Puppet Fundamentals course offered in September

Poster contest for the CMS experiment

Same-sex couples now eligible for immigration benefits

Outdoor soccer at the Village

Scottish country dancing meets Tuesday evenings in Auditorium

Chicago Fire discount tickets

Fermilab discount at Don's Auto Ade Inc.

Bristol Renaissance Faire discount