From Deputy Director of Research Joe Lykken: OCRO’s top five

Joe Lykken

The Office of the Chief Research Officer held an all-hands meeting on Monday, Oct. 21. We met new CRO, Luciano Ristori, and heard about progress around the lab. Here are the top five takeaways from the meeting, which included presentations from Josh Frieman on the Particle Physics Division, Steve Brice on the Neutrino Division, Panagiotis Spentzouris on quantum science and technology, and me:

  1. Everyone is responsible for safety. Doing work safely is the most efficient and effective way to achieve our goals. Keep an eye out for precursors to accidents, plan your work, remember that you have the obligation and authority to stop work, and help make sure no one at Fermilab experiencing a life-altering bad day.
  2. There is great work going on in the neutrino sector, and it all culminates with DUNE. ICARUS will start filling soon, ANNIE is pioneering R&D for photon detection with their recently gadoliniumized detector, SBN is in excellent shape with components on site ready for assembly, MicroBooNE is cranking out physics results, and we expect significant updates at Neutrino 2020 from NOvA. For DUNE, the far detector technical design report is nearly complete, and we can look forward to many more milestones coming up soon with our flagship neutrino experiment.
  3. PPD is playing a key supporting role for high-priority projects at the lab, and our experiments are making great progress. To name a few recent successes: The CMS phase 1 upgrades are complete and installation is underway; Mu2e has made great progress on solenoids, cryogenics, the tracker, and other key components; hundreds of users are working with public DES data, and the best cosmology results are yet to come; Muon g-2 has collected three times the Brookhaven data set and upgraded equipment during the recent shutdown; and two Fermilab projects have received Dark Matter New Initiative grants.
  4. Quantum is a national priority, and activity can be found across the Fermilab site. There is MAGIS-100 in the MINOS shaft, superconducting quantum systems work at ICB, the Quantum Theory Center in Wilson Hall, and much more. We’re proud that an array of Fermilab projects have been funded and are being executed, and there are new partnerships under development. Look for more from Fermilab in this sphere as we take a leading role in quantum applications for high-energy physics.
  5. We’re doing great science, and the world is watching. Fermilab is getting a lot more attention than we used to, with recent visits from high-profile visitors. In the past few months, this has included Michael Kratsios (White House Chief Technology Officer), Secretary of Energy designate Dan Brouillette, and the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board. This is not unusual for us anymore. Our science is big, bold, and getting the attention it deserves.

Joe Lykken is the Fermilab deputy director of research.