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It’s colossal: Creating the world’s largest dilution refrigerator

To cool quantum computing components, researchers use machines called dilution refrigerators. Researchers and engineers from the SQMS Center are building Colossus, the largest, most powerful refrigerator at millikelvin temperatures ever made. The new machine will enable new physics and quantum computing experiments.

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Physics books of 2022

This year’s list includes a book about an eminent physicist striving to avoid fame, two unique books for children, and a book with equations you’ll actually be able to read.

First DUNE science components arrive at SURF

Traveling by rail, sea, interstates and shafts, the first components of the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment have arrived at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, South Dakota.

Neutrino detector on the move

A new 20,000-pound particle detection system built for a neutrino experiment will be transported 3 miles across the Fermilab campus today. About the size of a small house, it will be the heart of the Short-Baseline Near Detector at Fermilab.

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Fermilab in the news

From the Big Think, Dec. 2, 2022: Recently, a team of researchers from Cal Tech, Fermilab, Google, MIT and Harvard announced they modeled wormhole behavior on a quantum computer. They used Google’s quantum computer Sycamore to generate and control what is equivalent to a wormhole and results suggest that wormholes might be real.

From Whitehouse.gov, Dec. 5, 2022: Last week the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy hosted the thirteen National Quantum Initiative and National Defense Authorization Act research centers to discuss the most pressing scientific and workforce challenges affecting quantum information science and the impacts and benefits of the field to society. Fermilab’s Sam Posen and Jens Koch attended the summit to present SQMS’s mission, major scientific impacts, as well their approaches to building multi-disciplinary research teams, engagement with industry, and education and outreach.

From the American Institute of Physics, Dec. 5, 2022: What is next for the P5 process and the final report from the Snowmass conference? Later this week, the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel will hear from Fermilab physicist Joel Butler who said the report is likely to be finalized within weeks.

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