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LHCb discovers matter-antimatter asymmetry in charm quarks

A new observation by the LHCb experiment finds that charm quarks behave differently than their antiparticle counterparts.

Fermilab scientist elected corresponding fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

Swapan Chattopadhyay is one of 62 individuals elected this year as a Royal Society of Edinburgh fellow. Designated as a corresponding fellow, he has attained a high international standing in his discipline in the eyes of the RSE. Chattopadhyay researches the science and technology of particle and light beams and quantum sensors.

News question: Know your PIP-II partners?

Congratulations to Catherine Buck for winning last week’s quiz! Once more, for this week’s trivia question, the first lab employee or user to respond will be featured in next week’s quiz and receive a small token of recognition.

Fermilab scientist awarded funding for international collaboration on accelerator automation

Scientist Jean-Paul Carneiro and collaborators in France are setting the stage for one of the world’s first autonomous particle accelerators. They will incorporate the world’s leading code for computing the dynamics of particle beams into a Fermilab prototype. Funding is provided through the FACCTS program, which fosters productive partnerships between Chicago-based and French researchers.

‘Entangle’ exhibit fuels imagination with physics

A Swedish university tapped the founding director of CERN’s artist-in-residence program to curate a new art exhibit inspired by physics. The pieces are not literal translations of physics concepts to other media or illustrations of physics principles or phenomena. Physics was a spark for the artists, sometimes very clearly and sometimes more tangentially.

Video: Groundbreaking for Fermilab’s new state-of-the-art particle accelerator

Hear what Fermilab’s honored guests had to say about the importance of science, international collaboration and Fermilab’s role in advancing discovery and cutting-edge technology at the March 15 groundbreaking for the PIP-II accelerator project. The ceremony was attended by U.S. dignitaries and international partners.

Paul Czarapata named deputy chief engineer

Paul Czarapata, associate division head for engineering and support in the Accelerator Division, has recently been appointed as Fermilab’s deputy chief engineer. The newly created position will support the lab’s chief engineer role.

On Friday, March 15, Fermilab broke ground on the PIP-II accelerator project, joined by dignitaries from the United States and international partners on the project. From left: Senator Tammy Duckworth (IL), Senator Dick Durbin (IL), Rep. Sean Casten (IL-6), Rep. Robin Kelly (IL-2), Rep. Bill Foster (IL-11), Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer, Rep. Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar, Fermilab PIP-II Project Director Lia Merminga, DOE Associate Director for High Energy Physics Jim Siegrist, University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer, Consul General of India Neeta Bhushan, British Consul General John Saville, Consul General of Italy Giuseppe Finocchiaro, Consul General of France Guillaume Lacroix, DOE Fermi Site Office Manager Mike Weis, DOE PIP-II Federal Project Director Adam Bihary and Consul General of Poland Piotr Janicki. Photo: Reidar Hahn
In photos: Fermilab breaks ground on PIP-II accelerator project

On March 15, Fermilab broke ground on PIP-II, a major new particle accelerator project at Fermilab. Dignitaries from the United States and international partners celebrated the start of the project at the groundbreaking ceremony. The PIP-II accelerator will power the long-term future of the laboratory’s research program, including the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment and a suite of on-site experiments.

From Nigel Lockyer: Fermilab’s top five

Here are the highlights from the March 12 state-of-the-lab all-hands meeting.

Shortly after breaking ground on the PIP-II accelerator project on Friday, March 15, Fermilab employees were joined by the governor of Illinois, six members of Congress and partners from around the world in this group photo. Photo: Reidar Hahn
Fermilab, international partners break ground on new state-of-the-art particle accelerator

The March 15 ceremony marks the start of work on PIP-II, a major new accelerator project at Fermilab. The PIP-II accelerator will power the long-term future of the laboratory’s research program, including the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment.

The potential of plasma wakefield acceleration

What if you could accelerate particles to higher energies in only a few meters? This is the alluring potential of an up-and-coming technology called plasma wakefield acceleration. Scientists around the world are testing ways to further boost the power of particle accelerators while drastically shrinking their size.

Global benefits: the LBNF/DUNE project

In this two-minute video, learn how scientists and engineers at universities and laboratories are working hand-in-hand with companies to design electronics, build hardware and develop computer programs for the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility and the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, hosted by Fermilab.

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Key role for UK industry in answering fundamental questions about the universeNEW

From UK Research & Innovation news, March 15, 2019: A major new physics facility at Fermilab is expected to have UK technology at its heart and lead to significant spin-off opportunities for UK companies.
The new PIP-II particle accelerator will power the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, which aims to address key questions about the origins and structure of the universe. The UK has committed £65 million investment to help build and operate DUNE, PIP-II and technology for the neutrino beam.

Fermilab breaks ground on its ‘new heart’NEW

From Aurora Beacon-News, March 15, 2019: Fermilab broke ground on a project that takes it into the future as one of the world’s premier particle physics laboratories.

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