Diana Kwon

Last month, a group collaborating across four national laboratories completed the first successful tests of a superconducting coil in preparation for the future high-luminosity upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider, or HL-LHC. These tests indicate that the magnet design may be adequate for its intended use. Physicists, engineers and technicians of the U.S. LHC Accelerator Research Program (LARP) are working to produce the powerful magnets that will become part of the HL-LHC, scheduled to start up around 2025. The plan…

Alex Drlica-Wagner is the Ellie Arroway of dwarf galaxies. A postdoctoral fellow on the Dark Energy Survey, he stands in front of a sticky-covered map of the Milky Way. Photo: Reidar Hahn How long have you been at Fermilab? I’ve been here since September 2013. Before this I was a Stanford graduate student working at SLAC. What brought you to Fermilab? I had been working on searches for dark matter through gamma rays. During this time, the Dark Energy Survey…

Matthew Toups During his last two years at Fermilab, Matthew Toups has played a critical role on a number of the lab’s neutrino detection experiments. His hard work and dedication has earned him the 2015 Tollestrup Award. Each year, the Universities Research Association presents the Tollestrup Award to a postdoctoral researcher at Fermilab who conducted outstanding work in collaboration with Fermilab scientists. According to Daniel Whiteson, chair of the award committee, Toups received this year’s award for his contributions to…

The future Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument will be mounted on the Mayall 4-meter telescope. It will be used to create a 3-D map of the universe for studies of dark energy. Photo courtesy of NOAO Dark energy makes up about 70 percent of the universe and is causing its accelerating expansion. But what it is or how it works remains a mystery. The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) will study the origins and effects of dark energy by creating the…

Several current and future neutrino experiments will use liquid-argon detectors, such as the MicroBooNE detector pictured here, to discover new physics. The LArSoft software package was created specifically for these experiments, including MicroBooNE and the future DUNE and SBND. Photo: Reidar Hahn Liquid-argon time projection chamber (TPC) detectors play a critical role in measuring the properties of neutrinos and their interactions with matter. To maximize physics output and minimize cost, liquid-argon TPC experiments in the United States all share and…

Technicians John Cornele, Pat Healey and Skyler Sherwin have been crucial in preparing the LArIAT detector for beam. The liquid-argon-filled detector saw first beam on Thursday. Photo: Jen Raaf, PPD Fermilab’s Test Beam Facility (FTBF) now runs a second beamline to provide particles for R&D experiments. The MCenter beamline came back to life last year after an eight-year slumber to join the facility’s other beamline, MTest. On Thursday, April 30, accelerator operators began using the revived beamline to send particles…

Richa Sharma, here standing by the MINOS detector, is the first student to receive her doctorate under the Indian Institutions and Fermilab Collaboration. Photo courtesy of Richa Sharma Since 2003, Fermilab has been in talks with more than 18 Indian institutions about coming together to collaborate on particle physics experiments. Richa Sharma, a student from Panjab University in India, recently became the first to receive a Ph.D. under the Indian Institutions and Fermilab Collaboration. The IIFC includes memoranda of understanding…

Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer shakes hands with Jefferson Lab Director Hugh Montgomery by a superconducting coil and its development and fabrication team at Fermilab. Six coils have been made and shipped to Jefferson Lab for use in the CLAS12 experiment. Photo: Reidar Hahn A group of Fermilab physicists and engineers was faced with a unique challenge when Jefferson Lab asked them to make the superconducting coils for an upgrade to their CEBAF Large Acceptance Spectrometer experiments. These are some of…