Brad Hooker

The Liquid Argon Purity Demonstrator at Fermilab could help scientists cut costs for future neutrino experiments. Photo: Terry Tope Today’s high-end experiments are pushing scientists to invent new technologies to meet the demands of the next generation of physics. These innovations, however, must be balanced with creative cost-saving strategies. One expense currently under evaluation is the construction of liquid argon tanks, which play a vital role in sensitive neutrino experiments. When neutrinos reach an experiment tank full of liquid argon,…

On Dec. 7, Rod Walton (left) and Ryan Campbell (middle) of FNA received a grant from Frank Hudetz (right), a trustee at the DuPage Community Foundation. Fermilab Natural Areas (FNA) was awarded a $7,500 grant from the DuPage Community Foundation on Dec. 7. The grant will go toward the ongoing restoration of habitat within the main ring, with a particular focus on restoring the woodland savanna. FNA hopes to remove the weedier trees, shrubs and invasive species that occupy nearly…

Dave Schmitz received the Director’s Award on Dec. 7. Photo: Reidar Hahn At an award ceremony on Dec. 7, Fermilab Director Pier Oddone presented physicist David Schmitz with the annual Director’s Award, recognizing Schmitz’s volunteer service. The award is given annually to an employee, user, graduate student, retiree or guest scientist who contributed significantly to Fermilab’s K-12 education programs. Marge Bardeen, head of Fermilab Education Office, said that Fermilab volunteer outreach activities reached more than 36,000 kids and 2,500 teachers…

Paul Rubinov stands in front of PPD testing equipment formerly used with the Dark Energy Camera. In a dimly lit room within Fermilab’s SiDet building, scientists are testing the next generation of extremely light-sensitive detectors. Known as pixelated photon detectors (PPD), these tiny silicon chips play an instrumental role in the particle physics detectors of the future. They are the key to the continuing evolution of medical imaging devices like PET scanners. About five years ago, the development of PPDs…

Dave Schmitz received the Director’s Award on Dec. 7. Photo: Reidar Hahn At an award ceremony on Dec. 7, Fermilab Director Pier Oddone presented physicist David Schmitz with the annual Director’s Award, recognizing Schmitz’s volunteer service. The award is given annually to an employee, user, graduate student, retiree or guest scientist who contributed significantly to Fermilab’s K-12 education programs. Marge Bardeen, head of Fermilab Education Office, said that Fermilab volunteer outreach activities reached more than 36,000 kids and 2,500 teachers…

Editor’s note: Fermilab employees and users will be able to participate in the workshop remotely. Please join in the discussion from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday and from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday in One West. Also, please use and follow the hashtag #intensityfrontier for information from the workshop. At the Intensity Frontier, scientists use high energy beams and sensitive particle detectors to explore rare subatomic processes in search of answers to profound questions. More than 500…

A sketch of the CMS detector. Image courtesy of the CMS collaboration. On Oct. 30, scientists at CERN switched off the proton beams for the Large Hadron Collider. The completed 2011 run outdid all expectations, especially for luminosity, and provided the collider’s four experiments with an unprecedented amount of data. When the proton running resumes in 2012, the accelerator’s beam energy will continue at 3.5 TeV. CERN is on track to double the energy in 2015, with the luminosity expected…

These are a few of the Fermilab scientists who have particpated in the Adopt-a-Physcist program. Becoming a physicist is a long journey that begins early for many. Students in high school physics classes can’t always see that far down the career path and are often left with unanswered questions: What does it actually mean to be a physicist? What impact do physicists have on the world? How realistic is this kind of work? For more than five years, students have…

“Shimmering Foliage” is one of several nature and science-themed quilts on display in the Fermilab Art Gallery through Jan. 20. Photo: Frieda Anderson Editor’s note: An artist reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. today in the Fermilab Art Gallery. A violent particle collision ignites a heated core, spurring brilliant streams of color in every direction and unveiling the mysterious Higgs boson, as imagined by the art piece titled “The Heart of the Matter.” The story was fused…

At Argonne National Laboratory earlier this month, U.S. scientists and students from the four LHC experiments gathered at their annual users organization meeting to discuss results from the recently completed 2011 run. “Few of us could imagine how much you would achieve and we thank you,” said the organization’s chair, Harvey Newman, in response to CERN physicist Eva Barbara Holzer’s presentation of the successful performance of the LHC. During her presentation, Holzer noted that the LHC outperformed expectations for the…