Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013

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Tuesday, Aug. 13

2 p.m.
Computing Techniques Seminar - One West
Speaker: Adam Lyon, Fermilab
Title: Big Science On the Move: Transporting the Muon g-2 Magnet from New York to Fermilab

2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar (NOTE DATE, LOCATION) - WH3NE
Speaker: Diptimoy Ghosh, INFN
Title: Shining the Torch on stops and sbottoms

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Haci Sogukpinar, Ankara University
Title: Turkish Accelerator Center Proton Accelerator Project: Current Status

Wednesday, Aug. 14

2:30 p.m.
Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar (NOTE DATE, TIME) - One West
Speaker: Joao Coelho, Tufts University
Title: Three- and Four-Flavor Neutrino Results from MINOS

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Graham Ross, Oxford University
Title: Whither SUSY?

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Tuesday, Aug. 13

- Breakfast: All-American breakfast
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- Twin chili cheese dogs
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- Cuban steak with black-bean salsa
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Wednesday, Aug. 14
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- Spanish rice
- Hummingbird cake

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Fermilab Arts Series: Soul meets rock 'n' roll in music of The Congregation – Aug. 17

The Congregation kicks off the 2013-14 Fermilab Arts Series on Saturday, Aug. 17, in Ramsey Auditorium.

An act that played this year's Taste of Chicago festival and recently opened for the Flaming Lips and Wilco will perform in Ramsey Auditorium on Saturday.

The 2013-14 Fermilab Arts Series kicks off with a powerful musical offering, the soul-meets-rock 'n' roll sounds of The Congregation, an eight-piece collective from Chicago. The concert takes place on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 8 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium.

The Congregation features Gina Bloom, a singer whose raw and powerful vocals are underscored by the band's garage rock rhythms, the lively call and response of a three-piece horn section, and the dynamic guitar riffs of Charlie Wayne (also known as Fermilab theoretical astrophysicist Dan Hooper).

The band was named by the Chicago Tribune as one of 11 Bands to Watch in 2011 and was recently featured in Paste magazine as one of 10 Illinois Bands You Should Listen to Now. The Congregation's stop-and-take-notice sound earned the group the opportunity to share a triple stadium bill with Grammy-winning band Wilco and critically acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird, as well as with another all-star lineup featuring the Flaming Lips and Garbage last year.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for attendees under 18. Visit the Fermilab Arts Series Web page for more information or to reserve seats.

Read more about The Congregation guitarist and Fermilab scientist Dan Hooper in symmetry.

Photo of the Day

Stretching in the sun

A turtle stretches out on a log at the small pond near Site 38. Photo: Sue Quarto, FESS
From symmetry

U.S. program at CERN broadens undergrads' horizons

A research program at CERN for U.S. undergraduates lets students test-drive a career in particle physics. Photo: CERN

In twos and threes, undergraduate students filter into a conference room on a stiflingly hot July afternoon. They greet each other, recounting the past weekend’s escapades and preparing to give presentations on their research projects.

It’s a typical college scene—with one key difference; these students are participating in a research and study program that brings American undergraduates to the European physics laboratory CERN for the summer.

The main goal of this program is to give students a unique research experience, says the on-site coordinator Steve Goldfarb, a physicist on the ATLAS experiment.

“They are embedded at the forefront of high-energy physics in an international setting, and they have a chance to see what a career in research looks like,” he says.

The program pairs students with professional physicists who mentor them as they plunge into individual, eight-week research projects. The students work on everything from Higgs decay analysis to figuring out how to make particle detectors more effective. Along with other students from around the globe, they also attend the CERN Summer Student lectures.

The program expands the students’ perspectives of the field, says participant David Kolchmeyer, a rising senior at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

“I hear a lecture from a theorist, and I want to be a theorist,” he says. “Then I hear a lecture from someone who does data acquisition, and I want to do that, too. People usually only think about the Higgs boson and not about the steps that you have to take to get there—and those are cool, too.”

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Kelly Izlar

In the News

Outsmarting the CERNageddon

From Nautilus, Aug. 8, 2013

It's a sunny summer day in Geneva, Switzerland. The birds are singing as lovers canoodle near the Jet d'Eau. Somewhere, someone is listening to techno music a little too loudly.

Nearby, 570 feet belowground, the Large Hadron Collider, or LHC, hums away at full power, whipping up lead atoms to near the speed of light before slamming them into protons to see how they explode. The 17-mile tunnel generates 14 trillion electron volts at a collision point six thousandths of an inch across. It is the largest and most powerful machine ever built by humans and the signature scientific experiment of the 21st century.

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Director's Corner

A standing ovation

Jack Anderson

July 30 marked a major milestone for the laboratory, when the Main Injector welcomed its first protons in more than a year. I congratulate the hundreds of employees and subcontractors who spent the last 15 months upgrading, repairing, overhauling and maintaining the laboratory's entire accelerator complex. From the new proton source at the very beginning to the NuMI beamline that generates neutrinos destined for Minnesota, nearly every single piece of the intricate chain of Fermilab accelerators has received close attention from our outstanding upgrade team.

The team spanned many Fermilab groups, departments and divisions. Employees in the Accelerator Division put in countless hours upgrading the accelerator complex, and nearly every member of the division was involved with the upgrade. The Technical and Particle Physics divisions contributed many personnel to the effort. The two Computing Sector divisions and the Accelerator Physics Center provided their expertise. On the operations side, our Business Services team coordinated the many purchases and subcontracts to keep the work going, and personnel from ESH&Q and FESS contributed in numerous ways to the shutdown efforts.

The work is by no means over yet—the accelerator operations team is now beginning the slow and careful process of ramping up beam intensity, power and energy. Low-intensity beams are now being sent to the NuMI target so that the new NOvA experiment can start testing its equipment.

Within the next few weeks, the completely reconfigured Recycler will see its first beams. Within a few months, the newly combined Main Injector and Recycler will be delivering beams at 500 kW, almost 50 percent more power than in spring 2012. And from there the march to an accelerator with double its pre-upgrade power will continue. Getting us to this point has required an extraordinary effort from the entire laboratory, and I applaud each and every one of you for a job extremely well done.

Video of the Day

Higgs boson: the inside scoop

In July 2012, physicists found a particle that might be the long-sought Higgs boson. In the intervening months, scientists have worked hard to pin down the identity of this discovery. In this video, US CMS Education and Outreach Coordinator Don Lincoln describes researchers' current understanding of the particle that might be the Higgs. The evidence is quite strong, but the final chapter of this story might well require the return of the Large Hadron Collider to full operations in 2015. View the video. Video: Fermilab
Construction Update

Cryoplant arrives at CMTF

Workers install the new Superfluid Cryoplant, recently arrived at the Cryomodule Test Facility. Photo: Jerry Leibfritz, AD

The new Superfluid Cryoplant was recently delivered and moved into place at the Cryomodule Test Facility. The principal component of the cryogenic system being constructed in CMTF, the cryoplant will provide superfluid helium that will be capable of absorbing 500 watts of power at 2 Kelvin. The cryoplant took more than two years to fabricate and weighs in excess of 20 tons. Now that it is in place, the next several months will involve connecting all of the subsystems and commissioning. The CMTF Cryoplant will provide the cryogens for the superconducting radio-frequency test facilities at CMTF and NML, including PXIE and ASTA.

The Superfluid Cryoplant is installed at CMTF. Photo: Jerry Leibfritz, AD

Today's New Announcements

TIAA-CREF Employee Education Opportunity - Tomorrow in Focus - Aug. 15

Earned Value Management course scheduled for Aug. 28, 29

Fermilab Heartland Blood Drive - today

Employee massage day - Aug. 15

Fermilab Arts Series: The Congregation band - Aug. 17

UChicago Tuition Remission program deadline - Aug. 22

An Honest Approach to Weight Management - register by Aug. 22

URA Visiting Scholars program deadline - Aug. 26

Kyuki-Do martial arts

Scottish country dancing meets Tuesday evenings in Auditorium

International folk dancing in Auditorium for summer

Chicago Fire discount tickets