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Department of Energy announces $218 million for quantum information science

Quantum science is expected to lay the foundation for the next generation of computing and information processing as well as an array of other innovative technologies.

The Department of Energy's QuantISED grants will support a number of initiatives by Fermilab scientists and their collaborators focusing on quantum computing, sensors and communication. Photo: Reidar HahnNEW
Department of Energy awards Fermilab more than $10 million for quantum science

Through its Quantum Information Science-Enabled Discovery program, DOE is awarding Fermilab researchers funding for five quantum-science initiatives. It also funds Fermilab’s participation in three further initiatives led by other institutions.

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September is National Preparedness Month

Here are a few things you can do that will help you be better prepared for the unexpected.

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.

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UK scientists contribute to project to unlock the mysteries of neutrinos and antimatterNEW

From STFC, Sept. 18, 2018: The enormous ProtoDUNE detector is the largest liquid-argon neutrino detector in the world. The size of a three-story house and the shape of a gigantic cube it has just recorded its first particle tracks signaling the start of a new chapter in the story of the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment.

The Large Hadron Collider turns 10: Here’s what’s next for particle physicsNEW

From Gizmodo, Sept. 11, 2018: The Large Hadron Collider started up in 2008, and in 2012, LHC scientists announced the discovery of the Higgs boson. Here’s what else is happening at the famous collider. Recent CMS spokesperson and Fermilab scientist Joel Butler comments.

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