From Accelerator Division Head Mike Lindgren: AD’s top five

Mike Lindgren

The Accelerator Division held an all-hands meeting on Monday, Oct. 28. With the summer shutdown over and the accelerator complex ramping back up this week, I want to thank everyone for their work and emphasize our most important priorities. Here are the key takeaways from the meeting.

  1. Safety is the laboratory’s top priority. The Accelerator Division has been undertaking a new safety initiative that involves assessing all of our work spaces and improving them. Uncluttered spaces are safer to work in, and can help make sure that no one has a life-altering bad day on the job. We had a safety incident on the first day of the summer shutdown, which thankfully did not result in a serious injury. This incident led to the improvement of 107 power supplies to make sure something similar never happens again. Safety is everyone’s responsibility, and everyone needs to step up and say something if they see unsafe conditions or behavior.
  2. Our two top priority projects will see major milestones this year, as PIP-II and LBNF are both preparing for their baseline reviews. PIP-II’s baseline review is scheduled for Jan. 28-31, and we must work hard with the project to ensure a very successful review outcome.
  3. We will have seven months of accelerator operations in FY20, and our goal is to try to get more than 700-kilowatt beam onto the new NuMI target, send a record number of neutrinos to NOvA and get Muon g-2 as much beam as we can deliver. We will end this year’s run on June 1 to take the next steps in the LBNF near-site preparations, so we want to operate the complex as efficiently as possible for the next seven months to provide the experiments the data sets they need to deliver the science.
  4. We must all do our part to keep Mu2e on track, as the beamline installation continues to make progress and winding begins on 11 detector solenoid coils. Mu2e is a complex and difficult experiment, with the potential for important new physics discoveries, and completing our work on it safely and well is crucial for its success.
  5. We need to continue our good start on planning efforts to modernize and improve the reliability of the existing complex. The laboratory was charged in 2018 to deliver a modernization plan for the workforce and accelerator infrastructure, which we completed in June. We received excellent feedback on our plan, along with suggestions from accelerator experts from around the world on how to improve it. We are hoping for mission need approval for a new controls system to replace ACNET, and we are putting together a road map for robotics, AI and target R&D for the next five to 10 years.

Mike Lindgren is the head of the Accelerator Division at Fermilab.