In May our director, Nigel Lockyer, announced his intent to form an organization to support the U.S. flagship neutrino program based at Fermilab. This program includes the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF), which will provide the support infrastructure, and the high-intensity neutrino beam necessary to enable the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) to proceed.
LBNF will require unique facilities to support DUNE’s far site detectors at the Sanford Underground Research Laboratory, in Lead, South Dakota, as well as here at Fermilab, the so-called “near site.” In recognition of this, the LBNF organization includes two new divisions — Far-Site Facilities and Near-Site Facilities — as well as a project office, all led by the LBNF project director. Although this organization has been on the Fermilab organization chart for some time, as of Monday, personnel actions to stand up the new organization, including transfers between divisions and changes to FermiWorks and Kronos, have been implemented. A detailed LBNF project organization chart indicates the reporting structure for this new line organization.
This change represents another significant step in Fermilab’s accelerating progress to serve as the host for the first international megascience project sponsored by DOE in the United States.
This new organization will allow us to continue to focus on our next major milestone — the upcoming DOE CD-3a review — scheduled for the first week of December at the Sanford Lab in South Dakota.
It is an exciting time, and we intend to keep you updated on the progress of these projects. For more information, please refer to the LBNF and DUNE websites. On behalf of the LBNF team, thank you for your strong support of this flagship initiative!