Hanae Armitage

James Wetzel, left, and Burak Bilki, both of the University of Iowa, use 3-D printing technology to manufacture small, temporary parts for the T-1041 CMS forward calorimetry experiment. Photo courtesy of Burak Bilki and James Wetzel In a public outreach effort for CMS, Fermilab user James Wetzel bought a 3-D printer to build a miniature, build-it-yourself model CMS detector. Only one month later, Wetzel is repurposing his new toy to help build prototypes for CMS upgrade R&D projects based at…

Members of the Scientific Advisory Council, pictured here, and members of the Engineering Advisory Council advise and inform the laboratory director of progress in their respective communities. Photo: Hanae Armitage A year ago in May, former Fermilab Director Pier Oddone established the Scientist Advisory Council — a forum dedicated to scientific advice and communication at Fermilab. A total of 15 members, including co-chairs Robert Tschirhart and Regina Rameika, Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer and a handful of senior managers, now come together…

Paul Grannis DZero has come full circle with the recent reelection of their first spokesperson Paul Grannis. Grannis joined DZero in 1983 and served as inaugural spokesperson, then co-spokesperson until 1996. Grannis takes over from current DZero co-spokesperson Gregorio Bernardi on Sept. 1. In his time at DZero, Grannis played fundamental roles in designing, building and commissioning the detector and generating the first round of physics results, including the observation of the top quark. Nearly two decades later, he and…

The U.S. CMS collaboration recently wrapped up their DOE CD-2/3 review. Photo: Cindy Arnold Earlier this month, the U.S. CMS detector upgrade project completed a major DOE critical-decision review — two, in fact. Project members are calling the combined review a success, and they hope to receive approval later this year to execute the upgrade. The $45 million U.S. CMS detector upgrade project, to which 30 U.S. institutions contribute, focuses on enhancements to three major components, allowing the CMS detector…

Jason St. John, LArIAT run coordinator, explains how the project collects data. Photo: Hanae Armitage On June 27 Fermilab’s LArIAT project collected its first diagnostic data. Currently, LArIAT, which stands for Liquid-Argon TPC in a Test beam, is taking only beam characterization data, meaning that researchers carefully track and analyze the different patterns of particles that are produced by the beamline used in their experiment. The LArIAT team hopes that by the end of this first data-taking period, the beam…

Fermilab scientist Alan Hahn tests the trigger for the LBNE 35-ton prototype built using PREP equipment at PC4. Photo: Jonathan Lewis, PPD Back in the day, if Fermilab scientists needed equipment for an experiment, they’d go to the Physics Research Equipment Pool. PREP was created more than 40 years ago as the backbone of equipment-sharing for scientists, providing electronics for data acquisition in a long series of experiments at Fermilab. Today, PREP still plays a strong support role in supplying…

Michael Pfaff helps maintain Fermilab’s beautiful grounds. Photo: Cindy Arnold How did you find yourself at Fermilab? When I graduated from college I worked for The Care of Trees for a while. But my job was about an hour-and-15-minute drive each way, so I started looking for jobs that were closer to home. My brother told me about an opening at Fermilab so I applied and got the job. I’ve been here almost seven years now. What does a typical…

Four years ago, Fermilab accelerator physicist Arden Warner watched national news of the BP oil spill and found himself frustrated with the cleanup response. “My wife asked ‘Can you separate oil from water?’ and I said ‘Maybe I could magnetize it!’” Warner recalled. “But that was just something I said. Later that night while I was falling asleep, I thought, you know what, that’s not a bad idea.” Sleep forgone, Warner began experimenting in his garage. With shavings from his…

Fermilab engineer Jim Hoff recently invented an electronic circuit that can guard against radiation damage. Photo: Hanae Armitage Fermilab engineer Jim Hoff, PPD, has received patent approval on a very tiny, very clever invention that could have an impact on aerospace, agriculture and medical imaging industries. Hoff has engineered a widely adaptable latch — an electronic circuit capable of remembering a logical state — that suppresses a commonly destructive circuit error caused by radiation. There are two radiation-based errors that…

Swapan Chattopadhyay This fall Fermilab has the honor of welcoming internationally renowned physicist Swapan Chattopadhyay in a joint appointment with Northern Illinois University. Chattopadhyay’s accomplishments span the realm of particle physics, but his forte lies in accelerator science and technology — a specialty from which both members of the appointment hope to benefit. Currently serving as the director of UK’s Cockcroft Institute, Chattopadhyay will join Fermilab’s senior leadership team and will assist the accelerator research team labwide, working on a…