Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tuesday, June 17

9 a.m.-noon
FIFE Offline Computing Workshop - CDF Big Room
Free online registration preferred. May also register for free in person.

Undergraduate Lecture Series - One West
Speaker: Mary Convery, Fermilab
Title: Muon Campus

2 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar (NOTE DATE AND LOCATION) - WH6NW
Speaker: Matthew Strader, University of California, Santa Barbara
Title: Digital Readout for UV through Near-IR MKIDs

3 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - WH11NE
Speaker: Tim Cohen, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Title: Jet Substructure by Accident

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Randy Thurman-Keup, Fermilab
Title: Electron Beam Profiler for the Main Injector

Wednesday, June 18

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Edward Moses, University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Title: The National Ignition Facility: Pathway to Clean Energy, and Physics of the Cosmos

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Tuesday, June 17

- Breakfast: All-American breakfast
- Breakfast: bacon, egg and cheese bagel
- Chicken fajita sandwich
- Smart cuisine: Mediterranean baked tilapia
- Chicken cacciatore
- Rachel melt
- Chicken BLT ranch salad
- Chicken noodle soup
- Chef's choice soup
- Assorted pizza by the slice

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Wednesday, June 18
- Summer herb chimichurri with grilled steak
- Roasted potatoes
- Sauteed tri-color peppers
- Chocolate caramel cake

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5:30 p.m.
- Haricots verts and grape tomato salad with creme fraiche dressing
- Lobster tail with champagne butter sauce
- Spaghetti squash with scallions
- Sauteed sugar snap peas
- Mixed berry pie

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P5 committee members address questions on report

P5 Committee Chair Steve Ritz, left, addresses a question from the audience at the 2014 Users Meeting on Wednesday. Photo: Reidar Hahn

More than 500 scientists gathered at Fermilab for last week's Users Meeting. Among the highlights was a question-and-answer session on the recently released report from the Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel.

Steve Ritz of the University of California, Santa Cruz, walked the audience through the P5 report. Ritz chaired the P5 committee. The report will be used as a guideline for funding discussions with the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.

Following his presentation, Ritz joined a panel that included Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer, High Energy Physics Advisory Panel Chair Andy Lankford of the University of California, Irvine, and DOE Associate Director of Science for High-Energy Physics Jim Siegrist.

The majority of the questions fielded were about the P5 report's recommendation to form a new international collaboration that would build a long-baseline neutrino facility at Fermilab. Ritz said the P5 report was intentionally not "overly prescriptive" about the structure of the new collaboration or design of the facility. Siegrist added that, while it was not envisioned that the CERN treaty model would be used for the new collaboration, the joint US-CERN model of managing contributions to the LHC has been successful and will be followed as closely as possible.

The panelists praised the LBNE collaboration for their work over the past few years to bring the experiment to this point, while noting that a new international collaboration will incorporate the ideas and perspectives of its members.

"Bringing people in and having a fresh look doesn't necessarily mean scrapping everything," Lockyer said. "But you should be open to their views."

Stefan Soldner-Rembold of the University of Manchester gave an update on plans for LBNE. He said the collaboration "enthusiastically welcomes the creation of an international organizational structure and will be engaged in its formulation."

The first step towards a long-baseline neutrino facility, Ritz said, is the Proton Improvement Plan II upgrades, also strongly recommended in the P5 report. Steve Holmes, PIP II project manager, presented the plans to build an 800-MeV pulsed linear accelerator east of Wilson Hall, with construction to begin in FY 2019.

Andre Salles

A photo gallery of the Users Meeting highlights will appear in an upcoming issue of Fermilab Today.

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Through the bubble chamber

An image from a hydrogen bubble chamber adorns a window through which to see the world at the Lederman Science Center playground. Photo: Mehreen Sultana, WDRS
You can see road signs of Fermilab projects through the play bubble chamber. Photo: Mehreen Sultana, WDRS
In the News

Confirming antihydrogen neutrality with voltage bias

From Physics Today, June 2014

Neutral atoms appear to have literally zero net electric charge. The consistency of quantum field theory requires that the proton and electron have the same charge magnitude e, and observations of several atoms and molecules have confirmed neutrality to 10−21 e. Theory demands that antiatoms are likewise strictly neutral. But direct experimental confirmation of the theoretical expectation has been problematic. Now the ALPHA collaboration at CERN has measured the charge of antihydrogen to be −1.3 × 10−8 e, consistent with zero to within about one standard deviation and six orders of magnitude more precise than the previous best antihydrogen measurement.

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From the Associate Laboratory Director for Operations Support

Aligning our campus strategy and scientific mission

Randy Ortgiesen

In one form or another, most lab personnel have heard of the Fermilab Campus Master Plan. It proposes to consolidate similar functions, centralize geographically disperse facilities and modernize buildings and infrastructure to operate more efficiently. The original master plan was completed in July 2013 to prepare for the laboratory's long-term future as America's particle physics laboratory.

Not known at the time of the master plan's development was that the DOE Laboratory Operations Board would soon assess the campus infrastructure of all Office of Science laboratories. That process is currently under way and, for the first time, requests condition assessments that consider obsolescence and geographic proximity of lab buildings as part of mission readiness. This was a welcome request, and it served to strengthen and validate the Fermilab Campus Master Plan. Also for the first time, DOE has requested separate campus strategy briefings as part of the annual planning process for all laboratories. During the Fermilab briefing, plans for mitigating gaps in laboratory facilities and infrastructure, satisfying the science core capabilities, will be presented.

Additionally, the recent Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel has recommended both the continuation of several projects already in progress at Fermilab and the addition of several new projects. This is welcome news and helps us relate the development of the campus strategy directly to the facilities and infrastructure requirements necessary to bring all of this to fruition over the next decade.

I'll soon have the privilege to meet at DOE headquarters with Fermilab management, the DOE Fermi Site Office and the Office of High Energy Physics to present this exciting plan for the future. At this meeting we will have the opportunity to discuss in detail how the concepts proposed under the Fermilab Campus Master Plan, in combination with the P5 plan for Fermilab's future, leads to a campus strategy. A strategy for developing the Central and Technical campuses, which will bring all the lab's resources together, will be critical to our success not only in continuing operations of the existing scientific complex, but also to prepare for the new projects.

This is certainly an exciting time and one that will demand strong leadership, disciplined execution and effective communication.

In Brief

"Particle Fever" screens in Ramsey Auditorium - Friday

On Friday, June 20, the Fermilab Lecture Series presents "Particle Fever," the documentary on the hunt for the Higgs. It screens at 7 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium. A Q&A session with ATLAS and CMS scientists will follow.

Tickets are $7. Advance tickets are available online. (Those who would like to dine at Chez Leon prior to the screening should note that dinner starts at 5:30 p.m.)

"Particle Fever" gives audiences a front-row seat to a significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. The film follows six scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation.

Directed by Mark Levinson, a physicist turned filmmaker, "Particle Fever" is a celebration of discovery, revealing the very human stories behind this epic machine.

For a sneak peek, view the 2-minute trailer.

In the News

Summer reading kickoff motivates children to improve science literacy

From Chicago Tribune, June 13, 2014

Summer reading has officially begun! On June 7, members of the science community collaborated with the Aurora Public Library to host the Fizz Boom Read! Summer Reading Kickoff. Hundreds of families came to the Aurora Transportation Center on a sunny Saturday morning to explore the intersection between science and reading, and have some fun!

The event had many booths with science experiments from places such as The Museum of Science and Industry's Wanger Family Fab Lab, Fermilab and SciTech Hands on Museum alongside signature library activities such as bookworm races and an appearance from the Bookmobile.

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Butts and Guts class - register by June 20

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

Study of Genesis through Ancient Eyes begins June 24

New updates available for Mac computers

Wilson Hall EBS customers to use the Managed Print Service

FermiWorks training for managers

Registering your personal device to access the Fermilab network

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