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Three Fermilab scientists receive DOE Early Career Research Awards

The award is designed to bolster the nation’s scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early years, when many scientists do their most formative work.

David Johnson, left, and Todd Johnson work on the recently installed laser notcher in the Fermilab accelerator complex. The laser notcher, the first application of its kind in an in-production particle accelerator, has helped boost particle beam production. Photo: Reidar HahnNEW
New laser technology shows success in particle accelerators

The addition of a laser notcher to the Fermilab accelerator complex is an innovative use of familiar technology.

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Top five from the Office of Project Support Services

These offices work to ensure that all of the laboratory’s projects are on schedule, on budget and safe.

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Richard Bonventre wins 2018 URA Tollestrup Award

Bonventre receives the annual award for his “creative and resourceful contributions” to the Mu2e experiment.

Waiting for a sign

Some scientists spend decades trying to catch a glimpse of a rare process. But with good experimental design and a lot of luck, they often need only a handful of signals to make a discovery.

Disposable water bottles often end up where they shouldn't. We should all work to reduce our consumption of bottled water. Photo: byrev
Bottle up: Develop Earth-healthy water-drinking habits

By one estimate, about three-quarters of the folks at Fermilab who use disposable bottles and cups are interested in using them less.

The Short-Baseline Near Detector building was recently recognized for two architecture awards. Photo: James Steinkamp
Short-Baseline Neutrino projects recognized for design achievements

The architectural firm Holabird & Root designed the building, which was completed in 2017.

How to travel faster than light

Traveling faster than light is one of humanity’s dreams. Sadly, modern physics doesn’t cooperate, but there are examples where it really is possible to travel faster than light. Don Lincoln discusses ways in which the universe breaks the ultimate speed limit.

Scientists at Fermilab use the MINERvA to make measurements of neutrino interactions that can support the work of other neutrino experiments. Photo: Reidar Hahn
The secret to measuring the energy of an antineutrino

Fermilab’s MINERvA experiment gives a boost to the particle physics field by sharpening a model of a frequent, pesky phenomenon.

Top five from the Technical Division

We are moving full steam ahead on various R&D programs and projects, shifting personnel to facilitate the execution of the lab’s priorities and, very visibly, constructing or renovating buildings that house our organization.

Fermilab, United States contribute to major upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider

A groundbreaking ceremony at CERN celebrates the start of the civil-engineering work for the High-Luminosity LHC. Fermilab is leading the U.S. contribution to the HL-LHC, in addition to building new components for the upgraded detector for the CMS experiment.

This full-sky temperature map taken by NASA'a Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe in 2012 shows the small temperature fluctuations of the cosmic microwave background. Image: NASA
Microwaves from the Big Bang to your kitchen

You probably have a microwave oven in your kitchen, and how useful it is! You can thank science for that. But even if you don’t have one, you can not get away from microwaves.

Fermilab is developing magnets such as this one, which is mounted on a test stand at Fermilab, for the High-Luminosity LHC. Photo: Reidar Hahn
Fermilab develops forefront accelerator components for the High-Luminosity LHC

When complete, the HL-LHC will produce five to seven times more proton-proton collisions than the current LHC — thanks in part to important collider components contributed by Fermilab.

Q&A: Planning Europe’s physics future

Halina Abramowicz leads the group effort to decide the future of European particle physics.

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Muon antineutrino oscillation spotted by NOvANEW

From Physics World, June 7, 2018: The best evidence yet that muon antineutrinos can change into electron antineutrinos has been found by the NOvA experiment.

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