A focused (new) year

Fermilab Director
Nigel Lockyer

Happy new year, everyone. Thanks to all those who “enjoyed” working over the holidays to keep lab operations running smoothly, the accelerator complex running, and the experiments taking data. Quiet is good when you are an experimenter. Particular kudos go to the accelerator team, who not only kept the machines up and running but began slip stacking tests in the Recycler that will pave the way toward ever higher beam power, hopefully 400 kilowatts, in 2015. For those who took some time off to rest and recharge, welcome back.

As we begin 2015, this is an opportune time to remind ourselves of our highest priorities, which are based on the 10-year prioritized P5 recommendations that were released in May:

  • Create a world-leading international neutrino program hosted at Fermilab, including a coherent short-baseline program and the long-baseline neutrino facility
  • Excel in accelerator operations and upgrade our accelerator complex to support the future neutrino program (PIP-II)
  • Excel in the management of our key science projects, Mu2e and Muon g-2, the CMS detector Phase I upgrades as well as the LHC accelerator upgrade, our contribution to SLAC’s LCLS-II project, and our Master Substation infrastructure upgrade.

In addition we will continue to strengthen partnerships with national and international colleagues, enhance the user experience at our lab, improve our site and infrastructure, make progress in the other P5 science priorities such as dark energy and dark matter, and build stronger relationships with industry through IARC. This is the year we plan to launch IARC.

Last year was successful for Fermilab, as evidenced by the completion and successful first operation of NOvA, and completion of MicroBooNE, which will begin data taking in the spring. This year will also be critical. The future success of our lab rests on many things, but our ability to achieve major milestones for LBNF, PIP-II and for the future of our site infrastructure will be central to our goals for this year. We have a committed and focused team, a clear coalescing of community support around our P5 initiatives, which we appreciate very much, and continued support from the Fermi Site Office and the Office of High Energy Physics. Here’s to a successful 2015!