From Nigel Lockyer: Fermilab’s top five

Following are the top five highlights from the March 24 All-Hands meeting. If you were not able to attend the session, a video recording is available for viewing. (Must be on the Fermilab network to view.)

  1. Fermilab held a COVID-19 safety pause all-hands meeting in early March to emphasize the importance of working safely and maximizing telecommuting. Working safely is always a top priority and COVID-19 protective measures continue to be critical. Fermilab has been approved to be a “closed POD” for COVID-19 vaccinations — more information to come. Thanks to University of Chicago medical school for help with our COVID-19 program.
  2. LBNF/DUNE-US work continues in South Dakota and Batavia. Contractor for main cavern excavation in South Dakota to begin work on April 5. Working to add a second far detector module to baseline scope. Gina Rameika elected as next DUNE co-spokesperson starting April 1. Many thanks to Ed Blucher from the University of Chicago for his leadership over the last four years.
  3. PIP-II is baselined; performs according to plan. DOE approvals on track. Blazing new trail as major DOE accelerator with in-kind contributions. Construction of cryoplant is advancing. Beam has been accelerated in first two PIP-II cryomodules to 17.2 MeV. Congratulations on CD-3a.
  4. Superconducting Quantum Materials and Systems Center makes progress​. SQMS collaboration has launched the world’s first cryogenic microscropy studies of superconducting qubits fabricated at Rigetti Computing. Rigetti qubits are integrated with Fermilab SRF cavities to make the world’s best 3D qubits. The Center has reached an average weekly effort involving >75 scientists, postdocs, engineers and technicians across the lab.
  5. Integrated Engineering Research Center site prep completed safety and successfully. Building construction remains on schedule. IERC will be connected to Wilson Hall at both ground and atrium levels; connection work will start in April.

As always, your feedback is welcome and encouraged. Please email to share your input and suggestions on how we can continue to make these meetings as effective as they can be. Thank you for contributing to the lab’s high performance even during a pandemic. Please continue to remain vigilant, observe safety protocols and stay healthy.