Ashley WennersHerron

Clockwise, from left: Mary Convery, Dean Still, Tony Leveling, Jim Budlong, Jerry Annala, Steve Werkema, Brian Drendel, Jim Morgan, Al Sondgeroth and Vladimir Nagaslaev With the shutdown of the Tevatron on Sept. 30, comes an overhaul of several machines used in the collider program. One particularly ambitious project is the repurposing of the Antiproton Source into a facility for the proposed Mu2e and Muon g-2 experiments. The first order of business is changing the name to the Muon Department to…

A four-part series by PBS will premiere tomorrow. On Wednesday, Nov. 2, PBS will premiere a new four-part NOVA series entitled, “The Fabric of the Cosmos,” based on physicist Brian Greene’s book of the same name. Aiming to comprehensively explain modern physics through powerful imagery, the series mixes enthralling metaphors with informative interviews. “We all learn about space and time as little children, so we assume that they are simple to understand,” said Craig Hogan, the head of the Center…

From left: Sergei Nagaitsev, project scientist for the accelerator facility; Bob Tschirhart, project scientist for the experimental program; Jim Kerby, project engineer. Photo: Cindy Arnold The Project X leadership team is taking shape with the creation of three new positions to help guide the proposed accelerator facility to realization. Bob Tschirhart is the project scientist for the experimental program, Sergei Nagaitsev is the project scientist for the accelerator facility and Jim Kerby is the project engineer. “These three are the…

From left: Sergei Nagaitsev, project scientist for the accelerator facility; Bob Tschirhart, project scientist for the experimental program; Jim Kerby, project engineer. Photo: Reidar Hahn The Project X leadership team is taking shape with the creation of three new positions to help guide the proposed accelerator facility to realization. Bob Tschirhart is the project scientist for the experimental program, Sergei Nagaitsev is the project scientist for the accelerator facility and Jim Kerby is the project engineer. “These three are the…

Lillian Hoddeson Fermilab Historian and University of Illinois Professor of History Emeritus Lillian Hoddeson couldn’t believe the email at first. It said she was the recipient of the 2012 Abraham Pais Prize for History of Physics “The people who have won this award in the past are my heroes,” Hoddeson said. The American Physical Society (APS) awards the prize annually to someone who has made outstanding scholarly contributions in the field of the history of physics. The winner receives $10,000…

A muon collider is closer to reality after a successful high-pressure hydrogen gas-filled RF (HPRF) cavity beam test at Fermilab. The test, conducted in the MuCool Test Area (MTA) at Fermilab by the MuCool collaboration, shows the beginnings of a practical solution to a difficult obstacle. “This was years in the making,” said MTA coordinator Yagmur Torun. “This idea of using HPRF cavities for muon cooling was first proposed in the early 2000s.” Muons, a heavier version of electrons, are…

The Main Control Room in the Accelerator Complex at Fermilab. Photo: Reidar Hahn Editor’s note: Operators-the people who run the accelerators-work in three shifts throughout the day. There’s morning, evening and owl. Here’s a snapshot of a recent owl shift. All was calm. The alarms were quiet, while the “All-Okay” alert sounded consistently. The evening crew chief, Darren Crawford, and the owl crew chief, Dave Ifversen, chatted while passing the baton of monitoring the accelerators. “No more double-dog dares,” Crawford…

On July 23, current and former operators celebrated 40 years of operations. Photo: Reidar Hahn Editor’s note: Operators-the people who run the accelerators-work in three shifts throughout the day. There’s morning, evening and owl. Here’s a snapshot of a recent owl shift. All was calm. The alarms were quiet, while the “All-Okay” alert sounded consistently. The evening crew chief, Darren Crawford, and the owl crew chief, Dave Ifversen, chatted while passing the baton of monitoring the accelerators. “No more double-dog…

On July 23, current and former operators celebrated 40 years of operations. Photo: Reidar Hahn A steady, consistent beep is the soundtrack of the Main Control Room in Fermilab’s accelerator complex. The metronomic resonance, not unlike a submarine, is reassuring to those who know it best: The operators. The regular tone signals that all is well with the 10 accelerators maintained, and often improved, by the Accelerator Division at Fermilab. But when the monotonous pitch is interrupted by any one…

This is a mock-up of the proposed upgrades to the Antiproton Source and the new Mu2e building. Fermilab’s Antiproton Source has long produced the antimatter that makes Fermilab’s particle collisions possible. While the Antiproton Source will shut down along with the Tevatron on Sept. 30, there are plans for its future. The facility that houses the Antiproton Source will be reconfigured for two proposed experiments: Muon g-2 and Mu2e. Instead of creating antiprotons, both experiments will use the reconfigured facility…