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The MuCool Test Area hall viewed from the downstream end of the magnet looking toward the beamline. The beam absorber and collimators are visible in the foreground and the beamline in the background. Photo: Yagmur Torun, Accelerator Research Center. A decade ago, a muon collider was considered nearly impossible. Now, scientists at Fermilab’s MuCool Test Area are a step closer to testing some critical components for such an accelerator. In February, the MTA, located near the southern end of Fermilab’s…

Jason St. John A physics collaboration with 3,000 members from all over the world working on a variety of questions can seem chaotic, but physicist Jason St. John knows, everything has an underlying order. St. John, a graduate student at Boston University, is one of 70 scientists and graduate students working at Fermilab’s LHC Physics Center. Located on the 11th floor of Wilson Hall, the LPC hosts CMS collaborators as they analyze data coming from the Large Hadron Collider at…

This newly constructed tunnel provides space for an extended beamline at the new accelerator test facility. Fermilab’s new accelerator test facilities at the New Muon Laboratory reached an important milestone last month with the completion of a tunnel extending from the previously existing building. The tunnel will allow room for the accelerator test facility to grow, giving physicists much-needed space to develop superconducting radio-frequency technology. The new tunnel will host a 460-foot-long SRF test accelerator; the first of its kind…

Chez Leon guest chef Joe Walding talks to a table of diners including (from left): Leon and Ellen Lederman and Alvin and Janine Tollestrup. Cooking is a science. Joe Walding would know. The neutrino physicist put his scientific skills to work on Friday, Feb. 11, making a French and African inspired three-course meal for a crowd of 50. Walding, who normally works on the MINOS and MINERvA neutrino experiments, was the first guest chef in a new program at Chez…

Alex Romanenko Technical Division’s Alex Romanenko always seems ready for some friendly competition. He even made a bet on his doctoral thesis at Cornell University. Now his thesis is being honored by the Nuclear Plasma and Sciences Society, part of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. The Particle Accelerator Science and Technology Award recognizes contributions to the field made in a student’s doctoral thesis. Romanenko, a Peoples Fellow at Fermilab, is receiving the award for discovering subtle structural changes…

Fermilab employees worked to keep roads clear during the 2011 blizzard, and cleared parking lots and sidewalks Wednesday, Feb. 2, so employees could return to work safely on Thursday. Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series on the teams and individuals who helped to keep the accelerators running and the roads and residents safe at the laboratory. The second article will run next week. When a historic blizzard hit the Chicago area on Feb. 2, most people…

Bonnie Fleming and Mitch Soderberg working on the ArgoNeut detector. Photo: Reidar Hahn. As they uncover the secrets of matter and energy, physics experiments often change our perspective of the world around us. Examining the experiments also can reveal new landscapes of color, symmetry and light. Beginning on Friday, Feb. 11, the Fermilab Art Gallery will feature “Through the Lens,” an exhibit of photographs by Reidar Hahn and the Particle Physics Photowalk participants. The exhibit showcases the equipment and people…

Ben Lee fellow Graham Kribs on Mount Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe. Graham Kribs lives for adventure. Whether he is conquering mountains, or researching physics beyond the Standard Model, Fermilab’s newest Ben Lee fellow loves a challenge. Kribs joined the Theoretical Physics Department on the hunt for new physics in October. Today he will present a Wine and Cheese talk about new techniques to identify the Higgs boson using collider data. The talk starts at 4 p.m. in…

High school student Ike Swetlitz examines the DZero detector. Photo: Marc Swetlitz While perhaps fatal to felines, curiosity is a motivating force for one local high school student. Seventeen-year-old Ike Swetlitz spent his summer at Fermilab on the hunt for the Higgs boson with DZero physicists. On his quest for answers about the fundamental nature of matter and the universe, Swetlitz contacted Fermilab and arranged to spend his summer holiday working side by side with DZero experiment collaborators. Swetlitz worked…

Mohamed Hassan, the 2010 John Bardeen Engineering Fellow Photo: Mohamed Hassan Mohamed Hassan loves electronic devices, a passion that makes the 2010 John Bardeen fellow an asset to the laboratory. Hassan was selected for the John Bardeen Engineering Fellowship last year and joined the Technical Division in December to research and develop superconducting radio frequency technology. Hassan and his colleagues are using SRF technology to lay the groundwork for Project X, the proposed high-intensity proton accelerator project. Engineering has always…