From Nigel Lockyer: Fermilab’s top five

Nigel Lockyer

Editor’s note: The video of the Oct. 15 director’s all-hands meeting is now available online. Access to the Fermilab network is required to view the video.

Fermilab employees gathered in Ramsey Auditorium on Oct. 15 for an all-hands meeting. The broad theme was to recognize our multiple successes yet numerous challenges that require continued focus by everyone. Following are the top five takeaways.

  • The LBNF far site and U.S. DUNE far detector must be baselined (receive CD-2 approval) in 2019. Full pre-excavation construction work is expected to begin in December in South Dakota. There was outstanding technical performance by the ProtoDUNE detector at CERN, which recorded its first charged-particle tracks and has met all technical specifications. Congratulations to the collaboration.
  • PIP-II has achieved CD-1 and must be baselined (receive CD-2 approval) in 2019. The project continues to receive broad support and maintain excellent technical progress. Strong engagement with international partners continues.
  • LCLS-II cryomodule transportation issues are being addressed by a multilab team. A solution is close, and the plan is to begin transporting the cryomodules to SLAC in November. Cryomodule assembly is on schedule, with all cryomodules exceeding specifications.
  • The Mu2e transport solenoid’s first production module coil is now successfully tested. Mu2e continues to address challenges with the detector and the production solenoidal coil winding, which is affecting the experiment’s schedule.
  • The HL-LHC CMS detector upgrade project advances toward CD-1 next spring, and superconducting quadrupole magnet fabrication is progressing to CD-2.