Nigel Lockyer

Nigel Lockyer is the Fermilab director.

Fermilab DirectorNigel Lockyer It’s a busy summer — and not only for the neutrino community. The Muon g-2 experiment passed another milestone last week when its superconducting magnet finally moved into the experimental hall on the Muon Campus. The move went flawlessly, and the magnet is now being prepared for operation. The hall will continue to be a hive of activity over the next few weeks, with engineers and technicians carefully placing the magnet in its final data-taking configuration on…

Fermilab DirectorNigel Lockyer Today’s column shines a spotlight on the next major experiment proposed to be built at Fermilab: Mu2e. The recent P5 report placed Mu2e first in line for construction among major projects, to be followed immediately by the high-luminosity LHC and then by LBNF. The Mu2e project took a big step forward two weeks ago when DOE approved the CD-3a step in the construction process. Until now, the team had been focused on the development of a detailed…

Fermilab DirectorNigel Lockyer Fermilab’s future is looking bright, following the release of the P5 report, which strongly recommends that the United States pursue a world-leading neutrino physics program hosted at Fermilab. Several additional key projects that Fermilab leads or participates in were also endorsed, including the CMS Phase I and Phase II upgrades, Mu2e, Muon g-2 and experiments to study dark energy, dark matter and the cosmic microwave background. A new approach to our organization is required if we are…

Fermilab DirectorNigel Lockyer We will need to build many new partnerships — and strengthen many existing ones — over the coming years as we strive to turn the P5 vision for our country and our lab into reality. But our relationship with Department of Energy will continue to be most important for future success. A visit by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to the Chicago area last week provided us with an opportunity to enhance the strength of this key partnership….

Fermilab DirectorNigel Lockyer There has been a lot of activity in the U.S. particle physics community and at Fermilab in the two weeks since the P5 report was presented to and accepted by the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel. The work is going forward on two fronts: communicating the report and its implications to our many national and international stakeholders and analyzing how we can best advance and implement the report’s recommendations. Members of Congress are being informed about the…

Fermilab DirectorNigel Lockyer The planning process for the future of U.S. particle physics reached an important milestone yesterday with the presentation of the report of the Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel. The P5 report lays out a 10-year prioritized strategy for U.S. particle physics that keeps our country — and our laboratory — at the forefront of research and discovery. Approved yesterday by the members of the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel, the P5 report provides advice from our community…

Fermilab DirectorNigel Lockyer If you attended the all-hands meeting back in February, you may remember the presentation on the Fermilab Campus Master Plan. The plan includes recommendations for consolidating, centralizing and modernizing the Fermilab site, which will help ensure that our infrastructure can efficiently and effectively support the laboratory’s mission now and in the future. The highest-priority facility in the Master Plan is the Center for Integrated Engineering Research, which will house office space for engineering, technical and project staff…

Fermilab DirectorNigel Lockyer A new initiative has been launched at Fermilab: the DOE-sponsored Laboratory Directed Research and Development program, or LDRD. As a participant in LDRD, Fermilab will join other national laboratories in setting aside funds each year for small-scale, proof-of-principle or innovative research projects in science and technology. These funds are open to Fermilab employees who propose to become the principal investigator of an LDRD project. LDRD projects are awarded based on a competitive review process of proposals. The…

Fermilab DirectorNigel Lockyer As of this weekend, Fermilab’s celebration of the life and work of famed particle physicist Richard Feynman is in full swing. On Saturday night, hundreds of people from local communities joined us at the laboratory to kick off this celebration with a concert by Huun Huur Tu: Throat Singers of Tuva, a talk by Feynman’s friend Ralph Leighton, and the opening of an exhibit of Feynman diagram art by Yale professor, statistician and artist Edward Tufte. By…

Fermilab DirectorNigel Lockyer Scientists studying the cosmic microwave background (CMB) have made another large discovery. The announcement of evidence for gravitational waves from the universe’s inflationary epoch has a lot of people excited and was the talk of the week among particle physicists at Fermilab. It is truly impressive how much information has been extracted from the light that was generated 380,000 years after the big bang. For a particle physicist, the big question is, “What does it mean?” By…