With 2013 coming to a close, I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge a few of the lab’s major accomplishments over the past 12 months. It has been a challenging year for us on many fronts, yet because of your continued focus and determination, Fermilab continues to make considerable progress on key projects and achieve many milestones. I look forward to celebrating the year’s achievements with all staff and users at Friday’s labwide party, starting at 4:30 p.m. in the Wilson Hall atrium.
This week I highlight successes from the accelerator and operations sectors. Achievements from the particle physics and computing sectors will be the focus of my Dec. 17 corner. Congratulations to all of you for the following 2013 accomplishments:
- Completing a 15-month shutdown for the reconfiguration of the accelerator complex to support the NOvA experiment, the most substantial reconfiguration of Fermilab’s accelerator since the Main Injector was built in the late 1990s.
- Developing special processes for making better performing superconducting materials that will lead to higher-performance accelerating cavities and higher-field magnets.
- Pushing ASTA forward through the first photoelectrons from the ASTA injector, holding the first ASTA user’s meeting and developing a proposal for presentation to DOE.
- Launching the Muon Campus program, which will enable the next generation of muon experiments.
- Continually advancing accelerator physics-related research and development.
- Completing the 20-year Fermilab Campus Master Plan, which details a state-of-the-art physics laboratory capable of hosting a vibrant, international community of employees and users on a safe, accessible site.
- Planning, designing and constructing the Liquid-Argon Test Facility, which will house the MicroBooNE experiment.
- Providing essential day-to-day scientific and mission support operations and substantially reducing injury rates from FY12.
On behalf of senior management, I extend a sincere thank you to everyone at Fermilab. Your dedication and hard work each and every day help make scientific discovery possible.