Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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Wednesday, June 11

8 a.m.
Users Meeting Registration - Auditorium lobby

9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Users Meeting - Auditorium

3:30 p.m.


8 p.m.
Fermilab Lecture Series - Auditorium
Speaker: Hitoshi Murayama
Title: The Quantum Universe
Tickets: $7

Thursday, June 12

8:30 a.m.-5:45 p.m.
Users Meeting - Auditorium

Undergraduate Lecture Series - One West
Speaker: Eric Prebys, Fermilab
Title: Accelerators

2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Falko Dulat, ETH Zurich
Title: Higgs Boson Production at N3LO

3:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, June 11

- Breakfast: breakfast casserole
- Breakfast: ham, egg and cheese English muffin
- Italian sausage combo sandwich
- Smart cuisine: herbed pot roast
- Roasted turkey with dressing
- Turkey bacon panino
- Mongolian beef stir fry
- Chunky broccoli cheese soup
- Texas-style chili
- Assorted calzones

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Wednesday, June 11
- Charmoula-marinated swordfish steaks
- Lime cilantro rice and sauteed pea pods
- Pineapple flan

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- Coffee- and molasses-brined porkchops
- Creamy polenta with parmesan
- Roasted broccoli
- Espresso crepes with ice cream and bittersweet chocolate sauce

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Special Announcement

Fermilab Users Meeting - today in Ramsey Auditorium

The annual Fermilab Users Meeting takes place today from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium. View the Users Meeting agenda. As part of the Users Meeting, the Fermilab Student and Postdoc Association will hold its poster session this afternoon.


Joe Grange receives 2014 URA Thesis Award

Joe Grange

In 2008, Joe Grange, then a graduate student at the University of Florida, came to Fermilab to join the particle physics community in getting a better handle on the subtle neutrino.

Five years later, he produced a doctoral thesis that earned him this year's Universities Research Association Outstanding Thesis Award.

The award will be presented to Grange today at the Fermilab Users Meeting. URA annually bestows the award for work conducted at Fermilab or in collaboration with Fermilab scientists.

"The award conferred on Joe Grange honors both his achievement and the vital role that Fermilab plays in the education and training of the next generation of researchers," said Marta Cehelsky, URA executive director.

His work advances a field that has become the subject of the laboratory's leading program — the research of neutrinos, particles whose fleeting nature makes them an exceedingly difficult study.

"I didn't expect to be in the middle of this sort of blossoming field when I first started," Grange said. "I was still finding my way, but the team was so helpful, and I got guidance from these world experts."

As a member of the MiniBooNE experiment, Grange measured how often an antineutrino — specifically one of the three types called a muon antineutrino — reacted in the MiniBooNE detector.

The rare appearance of antineutrinos was only one challenge in measuring their cross section. One of the first tasks Grange tackled was developing and executing the first methods for measuring the neutrino background intrinsic to the antineutrino beam in a non-magnetized detector such as MiniBooNE.

Also, in order to increase the chances that a neutrino or antineutrino would interact in the detector, MiniBooNE used a relatively heavy substance for the particles to interact with. Earlier experiments' detectors were filled substances such as hydrogen, which has only one proton in its nucleus. MiniBooNE uses mineral oil, which has 14 neutrons and protons — 14 potential targets — for particles to interact with.

Scientists had to contend with the additional physics processes presented by the target's greater mass and complexity. Those processes may explain the discrepancy between models of antineutrino interactions and what MiniBooNE scientists had observed.

"At a meeting, one theorist stood up and exclaimed that the data was wrong, our conclusions were crazy," Grange said. "But in the year following, there were hints that these additional processes explained the discrepancy between theoretical predictions and what we saw."

Grange's data gives the neutrino community a powerful tool in calculating other neutrino properties, such as their oscillation — their ability to morph from one of their three types into another.

Grange completed his thesis, which was selected to be published in the Springer thesis series, in 2013 under University of Florida Professor Heather Ray. He is now a postdoc at Argonne National Laboratory working on Fermilab's Muon g-2 experiment.

"Joe is an innovative scientist and well deserving of the award," said Greg Bock, associate laboratory director for particle physics. "We are delighted he is continuing to work on experiments here at Fermilab."

Leah Hesla

In the News

Physicists look beyond the Large Hadron Collider, to the Very Large Hadron Collider

From Scientific American blog, June 9, 2014

In 1954 the renowned physicist Enrico Fermi did a simple but depressing calculation about future particle accelerators. To create particles with an energy of 3 teraelectronvolts, he estimated, you'd have to build a ring 8,000 kilometers round at a cost of $170 billion. It was a rare instance of Fermi being wrong. The Large Hadron Collider achieved that energy level in 2010 with a 27-km ring for $10 billion. In large part, its success was brought to you by the letter 'C': the LHC collides particles with one another rather than smash them against a stationary target, as Fermi had envisioned. It also helped that magnets these days are stronger than Fermi dared dream. For Fabiola Gianotti, the LHC physicist who co-announced the Higgs boson two years ago, it's an instructive tale for those who worry her field is reaching its limits. "The correct attitude is not to give up and say it's impossible," she says. "The correct attitude is to innovate."

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From the CMS Center

Getting ready for the second run of the LHC

Kevin Burkett

Kevin Burkett, acting head of the CMS Center, wrote this column.

The end of the LHC shutdown is now in sight, and members of CMS and machine experts are both beginning preparations for the restart of LHC operations in 2015. The current long shutdown started after the completion of LHC Run 1 in February 2013. Run 1 was a tremendous success, and the experiments are still completing all their analyses using the data accumulated during the run.

Last week LHC machine experts gathered near CERN in Evian, France, to discuss plans for LHC operation in 2015. While the final decision on the collision energy will come after hardware tests of the LHC magnets later this year, the goal will be to deliver collisions at a center-of-mass energy of 13 TeV. This is close to the design energy and a significant increase compared to the 8-TeV collisions in 2012. A second goal is to cut the time between collisions in half, from 50 to 25 nanoseconds.

Members of CMS have been active during the shutdown, performing maintenance and improving the detector, as well as working to improve the algorithms used to reconstruct and identify the particles produced in collisions. Experts in computing have focused on improving the efficiency and reliability of the infrastructure while developing new tools for users.

An important milestone in our preparation for the start of data taking in 2015 is the upcoming Computing, Software and Analysis challenge, or CSA14. Simulated data samples are placed at sites around the globe and analyzed by members of the experiment. As the name suggests, this challenge allows us to test the readiness of many of the key aspects of our computing, offline software and physics analysis. Special emphasis will be placed on new procedures for users to access data and on validation of the output from the improved reconstruction algorithms.

Fermilab's Joel Butler will lead CSA14. The exercise will require significant work from US CMS computing personnel, especially from the Scientific Computing Division. University members of the LHC Physics Center at Fermilab will also be active in CSA14 analysis. With time to address any issues uncovered in CSA14, CMS will be ready to go when the LHC starts up again in 2015.

Photo of the Day

Blooming apple tree

An apple tree in the Fermilab garden plots produces lovely blooms. Photo: Barb Kristen, PPD
Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, June 10

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ESH&Q Section, contains two incidents.

An employee's eye became irritated. He flushed his eye with water.

An employee felt acute back pain while lifting roughly 10 pounds. He was sent to the emergency room.

Find the full report here.


Today's New Announcements

Service Desk in Wilson Hall under construction June 12 and 13

Strength Training by Bod Squad - register by June 17

Lecture Series : Quantum Universe - Hitoshi Murayama - today

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

The CIE + Cisco EIR Innovation Challenge - due June 15

Martial Arts - register by June 16

Scottish country dancing moves to Ramsey June 17

Register for next week's FIFE Offline Computing Workshop - June 16-17

Zumba Toning - register by June 17

Zumba Fitness - register by June 19

Planning to attend DASTOW on June 20?

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

Study of Genesis through Ancient Eyes begins June 24

Wilson Hall EBS customers to use the Managed Print Service

FermiWorks training for managers

Registering your personal device to access the Fermilab network

Fermi pool memberships

Outdoor soccer