Brad Hooker

The internal components of SciBath, a neutron and neutrino detector, include liquid scintillator and wavelength-shifting fibers. Photo courtesy of Rex Tayloe, Indiana. The latest underground dweller in the MINOS tunnel is SciBath, a neutron and neutrino detector designed and built by an Indiana University team. Scientists are using the detector cube, which is about the size of a mini fridge, to track neutrons and neutrinos more effectively and economically. Originally a prototype for a 10-ton version called FINeSSE, SciBath has…

Scientists hope the SeaQuest detector will begin taking data in a couple of weeks. Photo: Reidar Hahn Physicists at Fermilab will soon commission a new experiment that will slam protons into various targets to reveal the mysterious subnuclear interactions in the sea of particles within the proton. The SeaQuest experiment, conceived by a team of nuclear and particle physicists, aims to provide a new understanding of nucleon-nucleon interaction. With results from this experiment, they could possibly replace the current model…

On Sept. 29, the extension to the Fermilab contract with DOE was signed by Rory Simpson from the Fermi Site Office and Fermilab Director Pier Oddone. Also present were senior managers from Fermilab, Fermi Site Office and the DOE Office of High Energy Physics.

A fully commissioned and operational gantry room. Image courtesy of ProCure Proton Therapy Centers The ProCure Center will host a tour and anniversary celebration Saturday, Oct. 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In 1946, founding director Robert Wilson was one of the first to tout the benefits of proton therapy. The cancer treatment has since been lauded as a way to minimize damage to healthy tissue while focusing a finely calibrated beam directly on the tumor – an impossibility…