Wednesday, March 11, 2015

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Wednesday, March 11

3 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - WH11NE
Speaker: Anadi Canepa, TRIUMF
Topic: Search for Supersymmetry at ATLAS and Physics Potential of the HL-LHC

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


Thursday, March 12

1:30 p.m.
Neutrino Seminar - WH8XO
Speaker: Joseph Formaggio, MIT
Title: Neutrino Mass Measurements

2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Peisi Huang, Argonne
Title: Higgs Trilinear Coupling as a Probe of Electroweak Phase Transition

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

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Wednesday, March 11

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- Greek chicken pasta
- Cuban black bean soup
- Texas-style chili
- Assorted calzones

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Wednesday, March 11
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- Spanish rice
- Tres leches cake

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Peter Shanahan is new NOvA co-spokesperson

Peter Shanahan

NOvA, Fermilab's flagship neutrino experiment, now has a new face at the helm.

Fermilab scientist Peter Shanahan assumed the role of NOvA co-spokesperson on Feb. 19 for a two-year term. He joins fellow spokesperson Mark Messier of Indiana University in leading the experiment.

NOvA successfully completed construction of the experiment's two detectors — one on the Fermilab site and a second detector 500 miles away in Ash River, Minnesota — in October 2014. The most powerful accelerator-based neutrino experiment ever built, NOvA is at a stage where scientists are now getting ready to analyze the data from the detectors.

More than 200 individuals from 39 institutions work on the experiment.

"I look forward to helping guide NOvA through this exciting and interesting time," Shanahan said. "We want to build on the excellent momentum we've achieved so far."

Shanahan joined NOvA in 2005. Over the last decade, he has worked on the detector design, data simulation and reconstruction software. He served as a NOvA project manager from 2009 to 2014, overseeing the production and commissioning of data acquisition software. He returned to offline work in 2012, coordinating activities on software used to reconstruct neutrino interactions from raw data from the detectors.

In September, the Department of Energy proclaimed that NOvA experiment construction, which started in 2009, was completed on schedule and under budget. Shanahan attributes NOvA's success to the strong cooperation of its scientists, engineers and technicians.

"We're here because of the work of so many people across the lab and from so many institutions around the world," Shanahan said.

Shanahan succeeds Harvard University's Gary Feldman, who served as co-spokesperson for 10 years and will continue as a NOvA collaborator.

"Our collaboration is grateful for the leadership and dedication Gary provided in his decade of service to NOvA," he said.

"Peter has served NOvA tirelessly over many years in several different capacities, but most notably as the very successful leader of our data acquisition group," Feldman said. "He has a deep understanding of the experiment and will work well with Mark in leading it into the analysis era."

Leah Hesla

Photos of the Day

Fading into fog

The Feynman Computing Center fades into the fog. Photo: Lori Limberg, ESH&Q
Where is Wilson Hall? Tuesday morning's fog is the culprit behind the building's invisibility. Photo: Elliott McCrory, AD
In the News

Fifty years of neutrinos

From Sanford Underground Research Facility's Deep Thoughts, March 9, 2015

In 1965, Ray Davis began building an experiment deep in the Homestake mine with the hope of counting neutrinos, subatomic particles produced in fusion reactions inside stars. Using a 100,000-gallon tank full of perchloroethylene, or dry cleaning fluid, Davis predicted that when neutrinos interacted with the chlorine atoms, they would change into argon atoms, which he and his team would detect.

Read more

From the CMS Department

Preparing for the LHC restart

Kevin Burkett

Kevin Burkett, head of the CMS Department, wrote this column.

As we await the return of spring here in Chicago, the Large Hadron Collider is coming back to life at CERN. The LHC accelerator has been in a long shutdown, which began after the completion of Run 1 in February 2013. The shutdown has allowed machine experts to perform repairs, make improvements and thoroughly test the accelerator so that it can operate at a higher energy than before. During the shutdown, members of CMS, including scientists, engineers and technicians from Fermilab, have also been hard at work to improve the detector, fixing problems discovered in the first run (see this Photo of the Day from October) and installing new upgraded components to improve detector performance.

The second run of the LHC will start very soon, with the first beams expected later this month and the first proton-proton collisions coming roughly two months later. In this run the LHC is expected to collide protons at a center-of-mass energy of 13 TeV, significantly higher than the 7 and 8 TeV collisions we recorded in Run 1. This higher collision energy has both experimentalists and theorists excited with the potential for seeing signs of new physics. The more energetic collisions could produce particles that we could not previously observe, allowing us to continue our search for evidence of models such as supersymmetry or extra dimensions.

Run 2 is scheduled to last into 2018, delivering more than four times as much data as we had in Run 1. In addition to looking for evidence of new physics, with this large data sample we'll be able to make more precise measurements of the properties of known particles, especially the recently discovered Higgs boson.

As we prepare for the start of Run 2, we are still keeping an eye on the future. Many members of the Fermilab staff, collaborating with university colleagues at the LHC Physics Center, are working on the detector upgrades that will keep CMS running well throughout the LHC era. As we heard in the closeout of the recent DOE Institutional Review, "With this Fermilab will continue to play a leading role in the energy frontier for the next two decades."

Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, March 10

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

An employee cut his hand on a sharp protrusion on a piece of equipment. He received first-aid treatment.

An employee slipped in a parking lot during freezing rain. As he attempted to prevent himself from falling, he wrenched his back, left hip and knee. He received first-aid treatment. Salt was applied after the slip was reported.

See the full report.


Today's New Announcements

Barn Dance party - March 15

Zumba Toning registration due March 17

SharePoint online training videos available for on-site users

Philosophy Society, A. Burov: Value of Fundamental Science - March 12

Zumba Fitness registration due March 12

Lab-Corps program accepting applications until March 13

10-minute employee appreciation chair massages - March 17

URA Thesis Award competition deadline - March 20

URA Visiting Scholars Program deadline delayed to March 30

2015 URA Alvin Tollestrup Award application deadline - April 1

Help Abri Credit Union celebrate our members and Pi Day

Fermilab Golf League 2015 season is just around the corner

Scottish country dancing Tuesday evenings at Kuhn Barn

International folk dancing Thursday evenings at Kuhn Barn

Indoor soccer

Changarro restaurant offers Fermilab employee discount