Monday, Feb. 16, 2015

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Monday, Feb. 16

2 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar (NOTE DATE, TIME) - Curia II
Speaker: Pilar Coloma, Fermilab
Title: Neutrino Oscillation Phenomenology at Long-Baseline Experiments

2 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar (NOTE LOCATION) - WH6NW
Speaker: Erik Shirokoff, University of Chicago
Title: Building Tomorrow's Submillimeter-Wavelength Instruments with Kinetic Inductance Detectors and On-Chip Band-Defining Circuits

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

4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II

Tuesday, Feb. 17

10 a.m.
All-hands meeting - Auditorium

3 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - WH11NE
Speaker: Itay Yavin, McMaster University and Perimeter Institute
Title: New Experiments and Tools for Old and New Physics

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


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Monday, Feb. 16

- Breakfast: pancake sandwich
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- Philly chicken sandwich
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- Filipino chicken adobo
- Spicy buffalo chicken wrap
- Szechuan-style green beans with chicken
- Minestrone
- Texas-style chili
- Assorted pizza by the slice

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Wednesday, Feb. 18
- Ham and gruyere crepes
- Cabbage salad
- Raspberry cheesecake

Friday, Feb. 20

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Mu2e moves forward with new collaborations, new deputy project manager

Julie Whitmore

The new year brings new additions to Mu2e, an experiment at Fermilab that aims to detect the direct conversion of a muon into an electron in search of physics beyond the Standard Model. Along with the appointment of a new deputy project manager, seven institutions have joined the effort.

Mu2e scientists are currently at the stage of finalizing experimental design. With the strong recommendation from the Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel (P5) in 2014, the project is now moving forward through the final clearance stages to commence construction and prepare for data taking in 2020.

Since being appointed deputy project manager in October, Julie Whitmore has been busy in her new role. With the upcoming construction of the building, magnets and detectors, a major part of her role involves ensuring technical issues are managed.

"It's like running a marathon," Whitmore said. "I can't just look at the finish line because there are so many steps along the way."

Externally, the Mu2e project has gained seven new institutional collaborators both nationally and internationally. A number of universities are represented: the University of Louisville, University of Minnesota, University of South Alabama, Yale University and the Novosibirsk State University in Russia. In addition, two laboratories, the Genoa, Italy, branch of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics and Argonne National Laboratory, have joined the Mu2e collaboration, bringing the total number of collaborating institutions to 32.

According to Doug Glenzinski, who is co-spokesperson of Mu2e along with Jim Miller, the new collaborators were motivated by excitement about Mu2e's goals and the positive results from the P5 report.

In order to detect the rare transformation from muon to electron without the emission of neutrinos, researchers require a sophisticated apparatus capable of precision measurements. The new groups offer valuable resources in the form of expertise in areas such as magnet technology and flavor physics.

"These new groups bring in additional experience, wisdom and expertise," Glenzinski said. "It puts us in a stronger position to ensure that the apparatus we decide to build will let us do the physics we want to do."

There is still much to be done before data collection begins, but many heads are coming together with the promise of exciting results at the end of the road.

"This is a huge jump," said Dan Cronin-Hennessy, a new collaborator from the University of Minnesota. "The measurements of Mu2e are the golden path to new physics."

Diana Kwon

The Mu2e collaboration has recently expanded to include seven more institutions. The collaboration now comprises 185 members, some of them shown in this photo. Photo: Reidar Hahn
In the News

New particles found at Large Hadron Collider

From Scientific American, Feb. 12, 2015

Two new particles made of exotic types of quarks have appeared inside the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva, Switzerland. The particles are never-before-seen species of baryons—a category of particles that also includes the familiar protons and neutrons inside atoms. The new baryons had been long predicted to exist, but their specific characteristics, such as their mass, were unknown until they were discovered in the flesh. The new measurements serve to confirm and refine the existing theory of subatomic particles and help pave the way for a deeper theory that could include even more exotic particles.

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In the News

Synopsis: Relaxing Higgs could explain absence of antimatter

From Physics, Feb. 11, 2015

All the matter in the Universe today is what was left over after the nearly equal amounts of primordial matter and antimatter annihilated. Most existing laws of nature treat matter and antimatter equally, so physicists continue to look for new, compelling theories to explain the tiny but important asymmetry that would favor matter. Now, Alexander Kusenko and Louis Yang at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Lauren Pearce at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, make use of the information gleaned from the recently discovered Higgs boson to propose a new model explaining matter's dominance.

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Tip of the Week: Cybersecurity

Consumer electronics on the laboratory network

Connecting consumer devices to a wireless network in your home is perfectly reasonable, but connecting them to the laboratory network is problematic. Photo: James Fee

With more and more consumers having home wireless networks, there is a rapidly increasing number of products offered that use these wireless networks to provide various services, such as allowing screens from laptops or tablets to be displayed on a television screen. Given the convenience of such devices, lab users may be tempted to use them on the lab network. But there are important differences between home and work networks that can make this a very bad idea.

Your home network is typically used by a very limited set of individuals and devices and is (hopefully) protected by a password that prevents strangers from accessing it. Home networks are also usually protected by a firewall that strictly limits what sort of traffic is allowed into the network from the outside Internet. Thus you can be pretty certain that no one from the general Internet will be able to access your consumer device.

The Fermilab network, on the other hand, is used by thousands of people each day and is configured to allow a variety of scientific communications to flow freely between the lab and outside collaborators. And connecting to our network is relatively open to provide service to visiting scientists. Consequently, any consumer devices placed on the lab network can be accessed, not only by anyone else using the lab network, but also by intruders from the general Internet. Moreover, such devices, which are not designed to be used on such a widely populated enterprise network, can generate signals that seriously interfere with normal lab business and may lack authentication mechanisms that would prevent outsiders from accessing them.

For example, we have seen streaming video devices on the lab network. But since these devices can be accessed by anyone else on the network, an outsider can stream their own video to your screen or even purchase video content with the credit card you have registered with the device! Even worse is use of the popular Chromecast device, which can often behave like a wireless hub, disrupting the operation of the network. Such behavior would not be a problem in your basement but is much more serious when it can disturb the network for hundreds of other lab personnel who may be nearby.

Not all devices are subject to these perils. Some devices are benign and can be used on the general lab network. But please check with computer security at before connecting any such device.

Irwin Gaines

Photo of the Day

Cold creek

A small stream by the Meson Building winds its way through the snow-covered grounds. Photo: Elliott McCrory, AD

Today's New Announcements

Deadline approaches for on-site housing requests for summer 2015 - March 9

New ebook: Heat Exchanger Design Handbook, second edition

Pilates registration due today

School's Day Out - today and Feb. 27

Core Computing Division briefs on MS Office 2013/365 - Feb. 17

Glacier tax prep presentation - Feb. 18

No on-site prescription safety eyewear Feb. 18 and 25

Fermilab Natural Areas presents Hawk Talk - Feb. 21

English country dancing at Kuhn Barn - March 1

NALWO Puerto Rican cooking demo - March 9

URA Thesis Award competition deadline - March 20

Managing Conflict on March 24

MPS file scanning retention policy

Getting paid the greener way - get paperless pay stubs

Microsoft Office 2013 ebooks

Fermi Singers seek new members in New Year

Need cash for college? Abri is awarding two $1,000 scholarships

Scottish country dancing Tuesday evenings at Kuhn Barn

Open gym basketball for gym members