Laura Dattaro

A doctoral student and his adviser designed a tabletop particle detector they hope to make accessible to budding young engineering physicists.

These U.S. students work on the CMS pixel detector. They hail from various institutions, including Kansas State University, Purdue University, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Kansas, University of Nebraska – Lincoln and University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. Here they stand in front of the poster of the CMS detector at CERN in July. At the heart of the four-and-a-half-story-high particle detector of the CMS experiment at CERN is a collection of millions of tiny silicon devices known… More »

When Fermilab’s full accelerator complex kicks back into action this fall, it will bring with it a transition from high energy to high intensity, delivering more beam pulses with more particles. Among the many changes made and new equipment installed during the current shutdown are two new 53 MHz cavities in the Recycler ring, conceived of and designed by Accelerator Physics Center scientists Dave Wildman and Robyn Madrak Plant. In its new iteration, the Fermilab accelerator complex will perform a… More »

Members of the LArIAT team gather for a weekly meeting. The graphic shows tracks from an electron and from a photon seen in the LArTPC detector. Photo: Flavio Cavanna A neutrino is a tricky thing: It rarely interacts with other particles, and it doesn’t leave a track as it enters a detector. But a relatively new technology, called a liquid-argon time projection chamber, is helping scientists to understand them. MicroBooNE, the second phase of the Booster Neutrino Experiment, is one… More »

Cheryl Bentham works in the Fermilab Housing Office. Photo: Reidar Hahn What is your job at Fermilab like? It’s varied. Today I’ve taken people’s housing payments, and I’ve helped them get a bicycle to use while they’re staying here. I work with the budgets for the Housing Office, and I handle the maintenance of all of our buildings. We have 92 dorm rooms and 64 houses and apartments on site, and we manage all of the maintenance, from putting on… More »