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From symmetry

Physics Madness Grand Champion

DECam is your 2015 Physics Madness Grand Champion. Image: Sandbox Studio; Photo: Moses Namkung

And your 2015 winning physics machine is … the Dark Energy Camera! The plucky DECam and heavily favorited Large Hadron Collider beat out 14 solid competitors to make it to the final round, but only one physics machine could emerge victorious. Perhaps while the LHC was starting up for Run 2, DECam fans were voting for one of the most powerful imaging devices in the world. Or maybe the recent photobomb by comet Lovejoy won the hearts of undecided voters, pushing DECam ahead.

Thanks to all those who voted for their favorite and learned a bit more about some of the amazing pieces of physics equipment that drive discoveries at the smallest and largest scales. There are many more that didn't make it into our bracket this year — but there's always 2016. Until then, congratulations DECam!

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Lauren Biron

In Brief

Cynthia Boggs discusses nonproliferation program success - tomorrow at 4 p.m.

Cynthia Boggs

On Wednesday Cynthia Boggs of Argonne National Laboratory will speak about the successful Highly Enriched Uranium Transparency Program under the National Nuclear Security Administration. Boggs managed Argonne's support of this program for its duration, from 1996-2013.

Her talk, part of the Fermilab Colloquium series, takes place at 4 p.m. in One West.

Under the program, the United States purchased highly enriched uranium from Russian nuclear weapon components that was blended down to low enriched uranium for use in U.S. commercial reactors. In December 2013 the final shipment of low enriched uranium arrived in the United States, closing one of the world's most successful nonproliferation programs.

Boggs has more than 40 years of experience in health physics and waste management issues across the Department of Energy.

Photo of the Day

Pedal like a proton

Last week this high school student and his father visited Fermilab from Wisconsin. He took the opportunity to take his unicycle over the Run Like a Proton Path. Photo: Sue Sheehan, WDRS
In the News

Large Hadron Collider beam is back in action

From New Scientist, April 5, 2015

The beam is back. At 10:41 am local time on 5 April, a pulse of protons flew through the enormous circular track of the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland for the first time in two years — followed at 12:27 pm by a beam circulating in the opposite direction.

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From the Chief Operating Officer

Putting the A in FNAL

Tim Meyer

I refer to our lab so often as Fermilab that I sometimes forget the formal title: Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Similarly, I sometimes take for granted that Fermilab is an accelerator-based, particle-physics laboratory. It all starts with an accelerator! The past few weeks, though, have deepened my appreciation both for our prowess with these sophisticated technologies and for how much they will shape our collective future.

Just recently, the Fermilab team has demonstrated new levels of accelerator achievement. Fermilab demonstrated week-long delivery of 400-kilowatt beams to the neutrino program. This is important to our stakeholders because it underscores our ability to reliably and consistently meet expectation. Elsewhere at Fermilab (in the NML building), we set a record at the lab — electron beams at 20 MeV! You might have thought Fermilab's tool of choice was a proton beams, but with the acceleration of an electron beam through an SRF-based accelerator, the lab has joined an elite club that is mastering the creation, control and acceleration of both types of particles.

These milestones took serious effort, patience and focus to reach, and they required participation from across the lab — not just the Accelerator Division or the Main Control Room. Congratulations to everyone and especially to the core teams for demonstrating that the A in FNAL is there for a reason!

But Fermilab's success with accelerators extends beyond accomplishments in research and development. There is an A in IARC that also stands for accelerators. I spent 36 hours in Washington, D.C., working with IARC head Bob Kephart to talk with other federal agencies about how Fermilab's accelerator expertise could be put to use outside of the basic science of particle physics. The informational discussions also helped put the IARC initiative into focus for me.

Consider how Fermilab works with the U.S. and global particle physics community. Scientists identify a set of accelerator-produced "conditions" they need to create and explore a regime of particle physics. Scientists, engineers and technicians then work on the design, construction and operation of the accelerator to meet those needs.

What we're doing with IARC is similar, but instead of asking particle physicists what type of accelerator they might need, we're talking with other communities, focusing on the needs of industry and marketplace.

We aren't starting the conversation with a cold call. We have some ideas about different platform technologies that could be developed and deployed for a whole cascade of uses, and a key part of this round of "first dates" is to assess which avenues look most promising.

An important "milestone" in this effort is a special, industry-focused workshop jointly planned by Argonne and Fermilab on April 28. This workshop will serve as the Midwestern launch of the DOE Accelerator Stewardship Test-Facility Pilot Program.

The road ahead is a long one, not only because these potential new partners are less familiar with accelerators, but also because we are not as familiar with the issues and the constraints in these other industries and businesses. But I look to our recent accomplishments on site as evidence and inspiration. We've come together to deliver consistent success with accelerators, and with patience and focus, we will persevere.

Fermilab got an A for accelerators. Let's keep it up!

P.S. If anyone knows where I can get an "A is for accelerator" book for my daughter Norah, please email me!

In the News

Big bang beam: Large Hadron Collider restarts after two-year break

From NBC News, April 5, 2015

Researchers have begun circulating beams of protons in the Large Hadron Collider after a two-year shutdown for upgrades — and they expect to ramp up quickly to reach uncharted frontiers in particle physics.

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