Fermilab news for employees and users

What fuels the sun? Image: NASANEW
Why is the sun so hot?

As you roast – or grill – on a beach this summer, you may be thinking the sun is hotter than usual. But of course, the sun is just as hot on a chilly winter evening; it doesn’t change.

ICARUS neutrino detector installed in new Fermilab home

ICARUS now sits in the path of Fermilab’s neutrino beam, a milestone that brings the detector one step closer to taking data.

Rising stars of multimessenger astronomy

A year after detecting a neutron star collision, scientists are excited for the future of multimessenger astronomy and astrophysics.

LPC physicists receive prestigious CMS awards

The annual awards honor individuals who have distinguished themselves by performing significant and lasting contributions to different components of the CMS experiment.

The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument will attach to the Mayall Telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory, shown here. Photo: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, © 2010, The Regents of the University of California, through the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Mapping the universe in 3-D: Fermilab contributes to the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument

DESI, an instrument to help scientists get to the bottom of the dark energy mystery, is getting a little help from Fermilab.

Tour du LHC

An intrepid Symmetry writer and communicator at CERN navigates the landscape above the Large Hadron Collider by bicycle.

Video: Loop quantum gravity

The inability of scientists to create a theory of quantum gravity arises from long-standing tensions between general relativity and quantum mechanics. There have been few approaches with any success. Don Lincoln explains one of the few promising ideas, called loop quantum gravity, in this 9-minute video.

Javier Tiffenberg is developing sensitive CCDs for detecting lightweight dark matter particles. Photo: Reidar Hahn
Javier Tiffenberg wins $2.5 million DOE award for research on pixelated detectors

The DOE Early Career Award will fund research and development for special technology to study the lightest and most elusive particles.

A dual-phase DUNE

The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment is advancing technology commonly used in dark matter experiments—and scaling it up to record-breaking sizes.

Accountability drill for Fermilab employees: Thursday, Aug. 9, at noon

Employees will receive an all-hands message on Wednesday with additional information about the drill.

LBNF/DUNE global participation: Marzio Nessi, CERN

In this 4-minute video, Marzio Nessi, head of the Neutrino Platform at CERN, discusses CERN’s participation in the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility/Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment.

JoRee LaFrance Photo: Chris Greer
One minute with JoRee LaFrance, hydrology intern

Growing up on the Crow reservation in Montana inspired JoRee LaFrance to pursue a career in hydrology.

Lego bricks are arranged to create a particle cluster detail. Photo: Marguerite Tonjes
LPC physicists use Legos to learn about CMS reconstruction

The course gives participants a good grasp of the reconstruction process, called particle flow, that leads to the identification of each final state particle in a CMS event.

Machine learning proliferates in particle physics

A new review in Nature chronicles the many ways machine learning is popping up in particle physics research.

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STFC appoints new director of its Particle Physics DepartmentNEW

From STFC, Aug. 15, 2018: STFC has appointed Dave Newbold of the University of Bristol, who has been leading the data acquisition design for DUNE, as new director of its Particle Physics Department.

Fermilab highlights FAPESP’s support for DUNENEW

From Agencia FAPESP, Aug. 8, 2018: A longstanding partnership between the Brazilian scientific community and Fermilab is getting stronger, thanks in part to FAPESP’s research funding programs.

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