Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

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Tuesday, Dec. 2

3:30 p.m.
Director's Coffee Break - WH2XO

4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Kathrin Schulte, Goethe University
Title: Studies on the Focusing Performance of a Gabor Lens Depending on Nonneutral Plasma Properties

Wednesday, Dec. 3

SeaQuest Academy - WH7XO
Speaker: Craig Roberts, Argonne National Laboratory
Title: Strong-Coupling QCD and the Ins and Outs of Bound States

3:30 p.m.
Director's Coffee Break - WH2XO

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Chris Quigg, Fermilab
Title: Celebrating Quarkonium: The First Forty Years

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Tuesday, Dec. 3

- Breakfast: All-American breakfast
- Breakfast: bacon, egg and cheese bagel
- Chicken fajita sandwich
- Stir-fried pork and cabbage
- South American beef empanadas
- Rachel melt
- Chicken carbonara
- Chef's choice soup
- Corn chowder
- Assorted pizza by the slice

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Wednesday, Dec. 3
- Beef bourguignon
- Parsley buttered egg noodles
- Apple walnut cake with cream chantilly

Friday, Dec. 5
- Spinach and strawberry salad
- Lobster tail with champagne butter sauce
- Spaghetti squash with scallions
- Grilled asparagus
- Cold lemon souffle

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In Brief

Two meetings on forming international Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility collaboration

The Fermilab directorate invites all interested scientists, from graduate students to principal investigators, to participate in one of two open meetings on the proposed Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF), to be hosted by Fermilab.

The first meeting takes place at CERN on Dec. 5 from 1-6 p.m. local time. The second meeting takes place at Fermilab on Dec. 12 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. local time. Both meetings will have identical agendas and will be used to inform the community of the proposed experiment. Registration is free.

An LBNF collaboration-forming process began this summer with the establishment of an interim International Executive Board, which drafted a letter of intent. The letter of intent provides the basis for forming an international collaboration around LBNF.

Meeting attendees will discuss the letter of intent with the goal of developing an international collaboration of scientists interested in taking advantage of LBNF here at Fermilab.

Additional information about the meetings is available online.

From symmetry

Creating a spark

Eric Colby of the Department of Energy says that science has a long history of creativity generated through collaboration between fields. Photo: Fabricio Sousa, SLAC

A principle of 18th-century mechanics holds that if a physical system is symmetric in some way, then there is a conservation law associated with the symmetry. Mathematician Emmy Noether generalized this principle in a proof in 1918. Her theorem, in turn, has provided a very powerful tool in physics, helping to describe the conservation of energy and momentum.

Science has a long history of creativity generated through this kind of collaboration between fields. In the process of sharing ideas, researchers expose assumptions, discern how to clearly express concepts and discover new connections between them. These connections can be the sparks of creativity that generate entirely new ideas.

In 1895, physicist Wilhelm Roentgen discovered X-rays while studying the effects of sending an electric current through low-pressure gas. Within a year, doctors made the first attempts to use them to treat cancer, first stomach cancer in France and later breast cancer in America. Today, millions of cancer patients' lives are saved each year with clinical X-ray machines.

A more recent example of collaboration between fields is the Web, originally developed as a way for high-energy physicists to share data. It was itself a product of scientific connection, between hypertext and Internet technologies.

In only 20 years, it has transformed information flow, commerce, entertainment and telecommunication infrastructure.

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Eric Colby, U.S. Department of Energy Office of High Energy Physics

In the News

LHC's 'heart' starts pumping protons before restart

From Discovery, Nov. 25, 2014

While on its long road to restart, yet another milestone was reached at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) over the weekend.

Protons were generated by the LHC's source and blasted through a 'daisy-chain' of smaller accelerators before being intentionally smashed into a metaphorical brick wall. The particle beam didn't reach the LHC's famous 17 mile (27 kilometer) accelerator ring, they were stopped just short, but the event was used to begin calibration efforts of the massive experiment's detectors before the whole system is powered back up again early next year.

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In the News

Physics at the universe's limits

From Medium, Nov. 25, 2014

Big questions in the field of cosmology are often granted significant attention in science writing, and with good reason. Unpacking the mysteries of dark energy, the source of our universe's accelerated expansion, is perhaps one of the biggest outstanding questions in science today. Dark matter, particles which help explain a wide range of observed peculiarities in the [universe], continues to elude scientists searching for direct evidence of its existence. Black hole physics, with its space-time bending paradoxes and recent attention at the box office in "Interstellar," is always good for providing a "whoa…" moment.

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From the Deputy Director

Physics saves humanity

Joe Lykken

"Later in life, I discovered I do love science, and I do love physics." —Anne Hathaway, The New York Times, Oct. 22, 2014

In the new movie "Interstellar," a brilliant theoretical physicist played by Jessica Chastain waits in a government laboratory, surrounded by cornfields, for the "quantum data" that will make sense of the tensor calculus equations scrawled on her blackboard. To me, this sounds like a typical day on the third floor of Wilson Hall, but the kicker here is that the quantum data reveals the secret of antigravity technology, allowing mankind to escape our dying planet. Physicists and engineers save humanity; roll credits.

A key scene of the movie has the budding scientist and her father (Matthew McConaughey — for the first time not shirtless in a movie) stumbling upon the laboratory complex, which is hidden deep underground. Their eyes widen in wonder as they are shown the futuristic facility, a humming beehive of the best and the brightest working together to accomplish a seemingly impossible mission.

This sounds familiar, too.

One of the best parts of my job is tagging along with the VIP tours of Fermilab, watching various important persons agog over our neutrino detectors and our superconducting RF cryomodules. The highlight of the Fermilab tour, as reported by the VIPs themselves, is when we give them the chance to chat with some of our "early-career researchers" (the politically correct term for young scientists). Excitement and vision are contagious, even to those for whom the underlying science and technology seem as distant as McConaughey's spacecraft.

I do have one major complaint about the "Interstellar" version of a national laboratory, namely its depiction as secret and isolated. Although the stated reason for the secrecy is intriguing (avoiding Congressional oversight), this is the last thing you want if your mission is to save the world.

At Fermilab, our connections to universities, to other national labs, and to international partners such as CERN, are a huge amplifier of our science and of the technology innovation that enables it. More than anything else, our open collaborative culture empowers our success. If your lab feels like a lonely satellite in a rogue orbit, you're in trouble. If it feels like Grand Central Space Station, then most likely great things are happening.

Video of the Day

The LHC accelerator

The Large Hadron Collider is the largest particle accelerator in the world. Protons follow a path 16.5 miles in circumference, traveling at nearly the speed of light. U.S. CMS Education and Outreach Coordinator Don Lincoln tells us a little about this very cool piece of equipment. View the video. Video: U.S. CMS
Photo of the Day

Pond hockey

The perfect conditions for ice hockey: cold enough to freeze a pond, but not too cold to be outside. Photo: Kris Brandt, CCD

Today's New Announcements

Girls Fight Back seminar - today

SeaQuest Academy: Craig Roberts - Strong-Coupling QCD - Dec. 3

Fidelity town hall meetings this week

Zumba Toning registration due today

Excel 2010: Advanced - Dec. 3

Goal Setting in FermiWorks course - Dec. 4

Zumba Fitness registration due Dec. 4

NALWO winter coffee and tea - Dec. 8

HEPAP meeting available by ReadyTalk - Dec. 8-9

Wilson Hall Super Science Stocking Stuffer Sale - Dec. 10-11

Scottish country dancing Tuesday evenings at Kuhn Barn

International folk dancing Thursdays evenings at Kuhn Barn

Indoor soccer

Norris Recreation Center discount for employees