Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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Tuesday, May 13

9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Americas Workshop on Linear Colliders 2014 - Wilson Hall
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10:30 a.m.
Research Techniques Seminar (NOTE LOCATION) - WH6NW
Speaker: Diego Tonelli, CERN
Title: A Specialized Processor for Track Reconstruction at the LHC Crossing Rate

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Young-Im Kim, University of Oxford
Title: High Resolution Cavity Beam Position Monitor Systems for the Accelerator Test Facility 2 and Future Linear Colliders

Wednesday, May 14

8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Americas Workshop on Linear Colliders 2014 - Wilson Hall
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11 a.m.
Computing Techniques Seminar (NOTE LOCATION) - One West
Speaker: Regis Kopper, Duke University
Title: Understanding the Benefits of Immersive Virtual Reality: from Interaction to Visualization

3:30 p.m.


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New LPC leadership works to better the field of physics

LHC Physics Center co-coordinators Meenakshi Narain (left) and Boaz Klima work to develop a vibrant community centered on LHC research.

Every few years, two new individuals take over leadership of the LHC Physics Center to continue successfully supporting hundreds of remote CMS collaborators.

Meenakshi Narain, a professor of physics at Brown University, and Boaz Klima, Fermilab physicist, recently began as co-coordinators of the LHC Physics Center (LPC). They succeeded Ian Shipsey and Rick Cavanaugh.

Narain and Klima have known each other for years. Klima recruited Narain to DZero in the early 1990s as part of the group that discovered the top quark. They both have extensive leadership experience and complement each other in the qualities they bring to their roles. Narain highlights Klima's abilities to connect with people and put together a collaborative team, while Klima praises Narain's energy and ability to get things done.

As new leaders, they focus on continuing to improve the Fermilab-based center, which was already a successful place for collaboration, training and community.

"Thanks to our predecessors, the LPC is recognized worldwide as a center of excellence," Klima said. "It has been vibrant and stimulating and has helped to make its members more productive in many areas of CMS."

In their short time as LPC co-coordinators, Narain and Klima have undertaken several initiatives to increase opportunities for training, engagement and interaction between various CMS collaborators and with other members of the particle physics community. They have also worked to broaden the focus of the LPC's events and activities, which needed to accommodate the varied work happening during the LHC shutdown, including the detector upgrade and the preparations for Run II of the LHC.

They have increased the trainings, tutorials and special workshops as a way to help young scientists with their research, but they have also cast a wider net, involving theorists and others with a different set of skills. They work to ensure that they can accommodate the interests of all involved.

The result has been an increase in attendance at these events and a place where young people feel that they go to learn and grow. In short, they developed a community of scientists that works cohesively and efficiently toward common goals.

"It is rewarding to see how LPC members can effectively contribute and engage in CMS and the expertise we bring to the experiment," Narain said. "Members of our LPC community contribute disproportionately to a large number of papers, which shows me that we really have a powerhouse here."

Rhianna Wisniewski

The attendees at last week's meeting of the LPC Management Board at Fermilab included Abid Patwa, DOE program manager for the Energy Frontier; Tiziano Camporesi, CMS spokesperson; and Luca Malgeri, CMS physics coordinator.
From symmetry

Planck reveals galactic fingerprint

The Planck mission released a first glimpse of data that, later this year, will test BICEP2's discovery of gravitational waves. Image courtesy of ESA and the Planck Collaboration

One of the most anticipated experimental results this year is scheduled to come from the European Space Agency's Planck mission — and they've released a teaser of what it might look like.

The Planck mission was designed to study the early universe by measuring the cosmic microwave background, or CMB, a low-frequency hum of energy left over from the big bang. In doing so, it has also measured several other kinds of radiation, including the heat released by dust in our galaxy.

Planck scientists are studying how much of this local radiation is polarized, something that occurs when the dust becomes aligned along a magnetic field. If the dust emits enough polarized radiation, it makes it difficult to measure the polarization of the much fainter CMB.

Scientists are searching for a certain pattern in the CMB, called B-mode polarization, which could tell them about how the universe first formed.

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Kathryn Jepsen

In the News

What it means to live in a holographic universe

From Nautilus, May 7, 2014

When you look in the mirror, the image you see looks a lot like you — not exactly the same, because when you raise your right hand, your mirror-self raises its left. What's more, the mirror image is merely an assemblage of reflected light, without a physical body behind it. Despite these differences, you can see an important connection between you and your reflection.

This type of mirror relation is a familiar and powerful form of symmetry. We can say that a Valentine heart is symmetrical because the left side is a reflection of the right. But the symmetry of your mirror image is different and deeper. A heart is symmetrical because the left and right side happen to have a similar shape. The symmetry between you and your reflection is due to the laws of physics. The nature of light requires your reflection to be symmetrical to you. It is an example of a powerful and subtle type of symmetry known as duality.

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Director's Corner

Center for Integrated Engineering Research

Fermilab Director
Nigel Lockyer

If you attended the all-hands meeting back in February, you may remember the presentation on the Fermilab Campus Master Plan. The plan includes recommendations for consolidating, centralizing and modernizing the Fermilab site, which will help ensure that our infrastructure can efficiently and effectively support the laboratory's mission now and in the future.

The highest-priority facility in the Master Plan is the Center for Integrated Engineering Research, which will house office space for engineering, technical and project staff and users, as well as laboratory, shop and cleanroom space. The proposed IER, to be located adjacent to Wilson Hall and connected via an elevated walkway called the Collision Hall, would enable Fermilab's engineering and technical teams to more effectively support users who need access to scientific expertise. It would promote interdisciplinary collaboration and greater efficiency in designing, developing, building, commissioning and operating accelerator and detector facilities for particle physics.

Together, Wilson Hall, the IER and a proposed nearby guest house or hostel will create an "eat-sleep-work to drive discovery" atmosphere planned for what will become a highly international laboratory community, complete with international investment. This new physical and intellectual hub will be essential for successfully executing a scientific program that aligns with the recommendations of the P5 report, about which we will learn more next week.

A requirements task force that includes members from the Accelerator Division, Particle Physics Division and Scientific Computing Division was assembled in February to interview stakeholders and develop requirements for the IER facility. The task force has developed a draft proposal that identifies engineering and technical teams that would benefit from a collaborative, modernized work environment. As part of this work, the task force also identified outdated laboratory space and obsolete facilities that would be replaced by the new IER facility.

The next step will be to present the IER proposal to the DOE Office of Science as part of the Annual Laboratory Plan and Campus Strategy briefing, which is scheduled for June 10.

DOE is looking for opportunities to remove or replace functionally obsolete facilities that are no longer cost-effective to renovate or operate. IER will achieve all of this, leading to a new scientific user support facility at Fermilab, one that is needed for future research and development of accelerator and detector technology.

In Brief

Fermilab welcomes ATLAS muon upgrade team

Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer greets members of the ATLAS team from Carleton University, McGill University, Simon Fraser University, Technion Institute of Technology, Tel Aviv University, TRIUMF, Université de Montréal and the Weizmann Institute. Photo: Aria Soha, PPD

An international team from Canada and Israel visits Fermilab this week to test new muon detectors for ATLAS. The detectors will enable the experiment for the high-luminosity operation of the LHC past 2018.

The main motivation for the upcoming phase-1 LHC upgrade is to study the Higgs sector and to search for new physics. This requires ATLAS to be able to tease out important events from far more severe backgrounds and thus demands replacing part of the ATLAS muon system with faster and more precise detectors. The ATLAS team is currently testing a full-size detector segment in the MT6 beamline.

The team met with the Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer on Friday at the Fermilab Test Beam Facility.

Photo of the Day

E706 reunion in Kuhn Barn

Many members of the research team that carried out the Fermilab fixed-target experiment E706 gathered recently in Kuhn Barn from across the country and around the world to spend an evening catching up and celebrating. The Meson West beamline and collision hall were built to accommodate this precision investigation of perturbative quantum chromodynamics. The Meson West spectrometer recorded data during the 1987-88 and 1990-91 fixed-target runs. The E706 collaboration published its most influential paper in 1998. Thirty-three Ph.D.s were awarded based on results from the experiment. Photo: Allison Mansour

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