Laboratory releases Physics Advisory Committee report

The Fermilab Physics Advisory Committee met at Fermilab from Oct. 15 to 17 for its fall session to review proposals and other aspects of the Fermilab science program.

The meeting’s main emphasis was on two proposals, one Letter of Intent (LOI) and two Expressions of Interest (EOI) submitted to the laboratory before the meeting. The two proposals were:

  • Polarized Drell-Yan Measurements with the Fermilab Main Injector (P-1027), spokespeople: Wolfgang Lorenzon and Paul Reimer
  • Light-Mass WIMP Searches with a Neutrino Experiment: A Request for Further MiniBooNE Running (P-1032), spokesperson: Richard Van de Water

Although an LOI is not required, quite often proponents find this a useful stepping-stone toward a full proposal. The LOI presented to the PAC was:

  • Future Running on MiniBooNE with Scintillator (P-1033), spokesperson: Rex Tayloe

Finally, an EOI is less detailed than an LOI and may or may not be presented at a PAC meeting. The two EOIs, both of which were seeking support for R&D to enable them to advance to full proposals in a few years’ time, were:

  • Proton EDM, spokesperson: Yannis Semertzidis
  • NNbarX, spokesperson: Yuri Kamyshkov

The charge to the committee and its comments and recommendations are now available.

The PAC is a major source of advice to the director about the future direction of Fermilab’s experiments and programs. Ever since Fermilab’s early days, the PAC’s recommendations and comments have offered insight into opportunities and issues important to members of the laboratory community.

The PAC is composed of senior scientists from universities and high-energy physics laboratories in the United States and abroad.

“One thing our community is not short of is ideas,” said PAC Secretary Steve Geer. “This makes our PAC meetings interesting, and promises an exciting future.”