Recognizing accomplishments, part 2

Fermilab Director
Nigel Lockyer

With the end of the year upon us, I would like to continue to acknowledge the hard work and progress on many key lab projects and initiatives that happened in 2013. The Dec. 3 Director’s Corner highlighted successes and milestones from the accelerator and operations sectors; this week, we focus on the particle physics and computing sectors.

Congratulations to all of you for the following accomplishments:

  • Making excellent progress on the construction of the NOvA and MicroBooNE experiments, which will lead to first data for each in mid-2014.
  • Beginning the five-year Dark Energy Survey of the cosmos after completion of science verification studies.
  • Advancing the Mu2e, Muon g-2 and CMS upgrades toward full construction projects with successful Office of Science reviews and R&D. (And the Muon g-2 ring was welcomed by large crowds along its journey from Brookhaven to Fermilab.)
  • Developing cutting-edge, 3-D integrated circuit technology, leading to much higher-density electronics.
  • Conducting important R&D in liquid-argon purification with electronics functioning well over many months, demonstrating an electron drift-lifetime greater than that needed for LBNE.
  • Making important theory contributions to the recent delta mass squared measurement of the Daya Bay reactor neutrino experiment and the cross sections times branching ratios for the recently discovered Higgs boson at the LHC.
  • Contributing to several significant physics results, including the measurement of the spin-parity of the Higgs boson and the observation of Bs to μμ. The observation of the Higgs boson at the LHC led to a Nobel Prize for Francois Englert and Peter Higgs.
  • Making significant progress on modernizing the lab’s human resources system, including selection of a cloud vendor to support the new system called FermiWorks.
  • Completing the upgrade of the lab’s wide-area networking to 100 Gb/s, which continues to provide for worldwide data transfers and grid capabilities.
  • Planning and beginning deployment of a sitewide optimized modern print service, which will provide increased functionality consistent with industry best practices and at reduced costs.
  • CERN adopting the SYNERGIA software package as their product of choice for modeling their injector chain.
  • Receiving allocations of significant INCITE high-performance computing time on the big supercomputers.

On behalf of senior management, I thank you for your continued dedication and hard work. We wish you and your families a very happy holiday season.