The LHC Physics Center (LPC) at Fermilab, which serves hundreds of CMS physicists from U.S. institutions and other countries worldwide, typically hosts about 150 of its members at any given time. During the summer months it always experiences a surge of students and faculty, who take advantage of the break in the academic year to concentrate more on research. Consequently the LPC increases its training programs, both lectures and Hands-on Advanced Tutorial Sessions (HATS) on variety of topics.
This summer, starting in early May we had an intense training program gearing mainly towards analysis of Run 2 data and upgrading the CMS detector in preparation for the HL-LHC run. We had a series of 6 lectures on the physics of detectors, which were given by Roger Rusack from the University of Minnesota, who is also a senior LPC Distinguished Researcher. The series was very well attended by members of the CMS collaboration as well as by physicists from DUNE, external beams, the Fermilab Test Beam Facility, Muon g-2, IOTA, Mu2e, NOvA, Seaquest, Test Beam and MicroBooNE. The LPC also hosted 12 HATS on topics such as different particle identifications, multivariate analysis techniques, triggers, the CMS hadronic calorimeters and others. The full list of summer 2016 HATS is available online.
As the summer program at the LPC is nearing its end, it is important to point out that many of our university colleagues took advantage of these trainings. In addition to more than 100 participants at the lecture series, we had on average about 30 participants in each of the aforementioned HATS. These new experts will undoubtedly help CMS and other experiments in many ways for years to come.