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Dark matter vibes

SuperCDMS physicists are testing a way to amp up dark matter vibrations to help them search for lighter particles.

Almost touching the sun

On Aug. 12 a spacecraft left Earth on a mission that will take it as close as four million miles, streaking through the sun’s corona (the vapor-like “crown”) at the record speed of 120 miles per second.

This audio/visual device is audially and visually loud, alerting a building's occupants that they need to head to safety. Photo: Andrew McDaniel
Know your fire protection systems

Fire protection systems are in place for two purposes: to help protect Fermilab property, and, more importantly, to help protect the people at Fermilab.

Bringing Wilson Hall into the 21st century

Wilson Hall modernization has been, and will be, an important ongoing initiative to maintain the viability of this landmark building. Here’s a summary of some of the 2018 Wilson Hall modernization projects.

First particle tracks seen in prototype for international neutrino experiment

The largest liquid-argon neutrino detector in the world has just recorded its first particle tracks, signaling the start of a new chapter in the story of the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment.

Fermilab welcomed a new sandhill crane to the site on Saturday. Photo: Dave Shemanske
New sandhill crane introduced to Fermilab site

We’ve released a new sandhill crane near Lake Law to meet our beloved and recently bereft resident bird.

Q&A with Joel Butler on leading the CMS experiment

Joel Butler reflects on his time as the CMS spokesperson and what’s next in his long physics career.

A whale of a tale

Scientists looking for tiny particles off the coast of Italy stumble upon a much bigger research subject.

MicroBooNE demonstrates use of convolutional neural networks on liquid-argon TPC data for first time

Recently, the MicroBooNE experiment published a paper describing how they used convolutional neural networks — a particular type of deep neural network — to sort individual pixels coming from images made by a particular type of detector.

LBNF/DUNE global participation: Switzerland

In this 4-minute video, Antonio Ereditato, DUNE liaison for Swiss funding agencies, discusses Switzerland’s participation in the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility/Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment.

A 25-foot thermometer for neutrino science

This instrument developed for DUNE can take 48 temperatures simultaneously and with expert precision.

The upcoming workshop will give scientists a chance to explore the ways that high-energy physics and quantum information science can benefit each other. It also features Google's first public hands-on tutorial of their quantum software. Photo: Reidar Hahn
Fermilab hosts tutorial from Google as part of unique hands-on workshop on quantum information science

High-energy physicists and members of industry will meet face-to-face to brainstorm ideas and participate in the field’s first hands-on quantum computing workshop.

Next-generation camera for the South Pole Telescope takes data on early universe

The South Pole Telescope, specially designed to measure the cosmic microwave background, has recently opened its third-generation camera for a multiyear survey to observe the earliest instants of the universe.

ProtoDUNE in pictures

Twenty photos, two detectors, one goal.

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Chicago could be at the center of tech’s next quantum leap

From Crain’s Chicago Business, Sept. 20, 2018: University of Chicago Professor David Awschalom says that accelerating quantum research is critical for Chicago, which is uniquely positioned to help lead the nation, thanks to the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab. The decisions we make now will determine the role the U.S. plays in a technology that could deliver a generational leap forward if we are bold enough to seize the opportunity.

CERN: ProtoDUNE détecte ses premières particules

From Swiss Info, Sept. 18, 2018: L’immense détecteur de ProtoDUNE, un cube de la taille d’une maison de trois étages, a été construit au CERN.

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