Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Tuesday, June 3

Undergraduate Lecture Series - Curia II
Speaker: Harrison Prosper, Florida State University
Title: Introduction to Particle Physics

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar (NOTE LOCATION) - Curia II
Speaker: Giulio Stancari, Fermilab
Title: Electron Lenses for the Large Hadron Collider

Wednesday, June 4

3:30 p.m.


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Anna Grassellino receives $2.5 million DOE award for research on SRF cavities

Anna Grassellino's Early Career Research Award-winning work enables the efficient, cost-effective acceleration of particle beams. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Thanks to science, we get more for less. We get more features on a newer car model, more data and information stored on a computer, and all for the same or lowered cost.

That same principle applies to accelerator R&D, where improving the performance and lowering the cost can help open doors to new ideas.

The Department of Energy recently named Fermilab physicist and 2013 Peoples Fellow Anna Grassellino as a recipient of the prestigious Early Career Research Award for her work to develop particle accelerator cavities that have improved performance and are less expensive to operate.

The $2.5 million award, spread out over five years, will fund Grassellino's research to expand her recent discovery of the cavity surface doping effect to a wide range of applications. The research will lead to enabling technologies for future superconducting accelerators used for a broad spectrum of scientific machines, medical uses, and nuclear energy applications.

"This grant is extremely important, as it will allow me to expand our current findings and do further exploratory research that isn't always possible, as often we focus on development work that is project-targeted," Grassellino said. "But the big technological breakthroughs, which then enable new machines, are made by trying something completely new and by pursuing the fundamental understanding of the mechanisms in play. This is the exciting part of this grant — there may be more breakthroughs coming."

SRF cavities enable acceleration of beams of particles. These innermost components of an accelerator are strung together, like a strand of pearls, inside a vessel called a cryomodule, which keeps them at very cold temperatures.

To get the best performance, scientists treat a very thin layer of the cavity surface, measuring several tenths of nanometers. Traditionally, researchers believed that these cavities should be made from very pure niobium, but Grassellino discovered that the addition of a little bit of impurity, such as nitrogen gas, into the niobium surface can help to greatly increase the cavity efficiency.

By doping the niobium surface of a 1.3-gigahertz, single-cell cavity with an impurity such as nitrogen gas, Grassellino and the Fermilab SRF team increased the cavity's quality factor, or Q, the measure of how well the cavity stores energy, to previously unseen values. During recent tests, she measured a world-record value for Q, which was almost three to four times that of the next-highest reported quality factor of any accelerator cavity.

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Rhianna Wisniewski

In Brief

PIP-II collaboration meeting - today and tomorrow

On June 3-4, scientists from universities and laboratories across the United States will meet at Fermilab to discuss a number of upgrades to Fermilab's proton complex, known as Proton Improvement Plan-II, or PIP-II.

PIP-II is a plan for developing Fermilab's accelerator complex to deliver high-power beams for the lab's neutrino experiments while providing a flexible platform for the future research program. Over many months, scientists have developed a plan for the accelerator upgrade, one that is well-aligned with the laboratory's scientific program.

The recently released P5 report recommended that R&D for PIP-II proceed immediately, followed by construction. The goal is to provide a megawatt proton beam by the time of first operation of the future long-baseline neutrino facility, around the middle of the next decade. To that end, researchers will capitalize on the lab's existing infrastructure while replacing its older components. One such piece is the existing 400-MeV linac, which under PIP-II will be replaced by a new 800-MeV superconducting linac.

Learn more about the PIP-II meeting at the meeting website.


After 40 years at Fermilab, Lupe Ponce retires Friday

Lupe Ponce

For 40 years, Lupe Ponce has been keeping Fermilab spotless. Known for her cheery disposition and her willingness to do more than is asked of her, she brightens the countenance of everyone she encounters.

Now Ponce will retire. Her last day is Friday, June 6.

"She's a fantastic employee, always going above and beyond," said Clorica's Danny Urrea. "She always has a smile on her face."

Ponce has worked tirelessly to make sure Fermilab staff can greet tidy office spaces, clean restrooms and vacuumed floors when they come to work. Now she will relax and spend time with her great-grandchild and four grandchildren. She also plans to go away for vacations as often as she can.

"I have been very happy working at Fermilab for the past 40 years, and it's going to be hard to leave," Ponce said. "Everyone has been so good to me."

All are invited to celebrate Ponce's retirement with coffee and cake on Wednesday, June 4, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on the 2nd-floor crossover.

"She's one of those employees who doesn't need to be told to go the extra mile," said Clorica Manager Enixe Castro. "We're all going to miss her."

In the News

Village Theatre Guild show mixes love, quantum mechanics

From Daily Herald, May 28, 2014

How can love mix with a notion taken from quantum mechanics that what happens in the future can influence the past?

Glen Ellyn's Village Theatre Guild explores that question in Penny Penniston's quirky and smart comedy, "now then again," which continues weekends through June 14.

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From the Chief Operating Officer

One Lab supporting science

Vicky White

In the past eight months some things have become clear to me, as I've had the honor and opportunity to see the entire lab as its chief operating officer.

We are here to do science and to support a worldwide community of users. This could not happen without the amazing dedication of operations people from across the lab. They maintain and operate our site and buildings, our accelerators, detectors and computing. They feed us and keep us safe, secure and healthy. They buy things, handle contracts and property, and manage people functions and finances. They even handle the press and internal communication, and they provide a myriad of administrative help. All of this work is the foundation on which great science can be built. It deserves more visibility and praise than it gets, and I would like to sincerely thank everyone involved.

Future success depends on many factors — scientific community, funding, international support. It also depends on us embracing the concept of One Lab. This means that everyone works on the same Lab Agenda in a coherent manner, embracing change and running with it. I've campaigned to get everyone using the enterprise calendar, not their own favorite one, and soon we will have a labwide events calendar. These are small symbolic examples of transparency and efficiency we can benefit from if people work together as One Lab using common business processes and tools that help us communicate better.

A new human resources system, called FermiWorks, for employees, visitors, users and contractors will soon replace old ways of doing things. We will then need to get behind one way of working for planning, budgeting and financial management, as well as for project management. It will be hard, but it is necessary.

One Lab also means transparency and honest self-assessment of whether or not we are working safely and with appropriate attention to work planning, quality, security, protection of information and critical examination of outcomes and results. The DOE Fermi Site Office is intimately involved in our One Lab as both a partner and oversight. The DOE orders and federal and state laws we must abide by are important — embracing this across the lab is important for success as we go forward. I hope we will continue to refine our own measures for success and provide ever more meaningful views into them through our executive dashboard FermiDash, to inform the director, DOE, Fermi Research Alliance and, eventually, the entire lab. I thank the Fermi Site Office for strong support in operating this lab as an open institution focused on science.

We take on many tasks on the path to One Lab. To the end of my tenure as COO, I will do what I can to make an impact.

Photos of the Day

Red-winged blackbirds

A male red-winged blackbird flies near Swenson Road. Photo: Jesus Orduna, Rice University
A female red-winged blackbird settles on a reed. Photo: Jesus Orduna, Rice University
Construction Update

MicroBooNE time projection chamber sealed

Now that the MicroBooNE time projection chamber is sealed up, it's ready to be moved to its permanent home. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Last month, members of the MicroBooNE collaboration sealed their 10-meter-long time projection chamber. The chamber is filled with 89 tons of liquid argon for neutrino detection. Later this year, the collaboration will move the chamber to its future home in the Liquid-Argon Test Facility.

In the News

INO completes R&D for particle detector

From The Hindu, May 30, 2014

The Inter Institutional Centre for High Energy Physics (IICHEP) at Vadapazhanji, near here, has completed research and development activities for the construction of a particle detector in the Neutrino Observatory (INO) coming up in a cavern in the Bodi hills in Theni district.

Though pre-project work was progressing well both in Madurai and in Theni, the construction of the main observatory in a cavern would begin only after clearance given by the Union Cabinet, INO Project Director Naba K. Mondal told The Hindu on Friday. "The clearance is expected soon."

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Scottish country dancing not meeting June 10, moves to Ramsey June 17

Lecture Series : Quantum Universe - Hitoshi Murayama - June 11

Int'l folk dancing cancelled June 12; in Barn June 5, in Ramsey June 19

Registration open for annual Fermilab Users Meeting - June 11-12

The CIE + Cisco EIR Innovation Challenge - due June 15

Fermilab Lecture Series presents Particle Fever with Q&A - June 20

Register for the FIFE Offline Computing Workshop - June 16, 17

Employee Self-Service changes to updating your personal information

Mac OS X security patch available for install

Registering your personal device to access the Fermilab network

Fermi pool memberships

Water aerobics registration

Preschool and beginner swim lesson registration

Abri Credit Union new financial advisor