Sarah Charley

Sarah Charley is senior writer in the Fermilab Office of Communication.

To learn more about the particles they collide, physicists turn their attention to a less destructive type of collision in the LHC.

Scientists think that a Higgs force does exist. But it’s the Higgs boson’s relationship to that force that makes it a bit of a black sheep. It’s the reason that, when the Higgs is added to the Standard Model of particle physics, it’s often pictured apart from the rest of the boson family.

Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer visited CERN on Nov. 21 to participate in the European Committee for Future Accelerators meeting. After taking a tour of the CMS detector and the LHC tunnel, Lockyer met with Fermilab employees and CERN staff. From left: CMS Deputy Spokesperson Tiziano Camporesi of CERN, Lockyer, CMS Technical Coordinator Austin Ball of CERN. Photo: Sarah Charley

Planned upgrades to parts of the CMS detector at CERN recently received Critical Decision 1 approval from the U.S. Department of Energy. This picture shows a mock-up installation of the upgrade forward pixel prototype modules in the current CMS detector, testing alignment fixtures and cable routing. Photo: Greg Derylo, PPD The U.S. Department of Energy recently approved the conceptual design and cost range for the US CMS collaboration’s proposed upgrades to the CMS detector, which will begin towards the end…

Luciano RistoriPhoto: Reidar Hahn On June 1, Luciano Ristori takes over from Giovanni Punzi as CDF co-spokesperson, joining current co-spokesperson Rob Roser in the role. This will be Ristori’s second time serving as a CDF spokesperson. “Luciano is an ideal person to do this,” Roser said. “He is a senior member of the collaboration and one of the founding members of the experiment. He understands the pitfalls, hurdles and challenges ahead and I am sure he will come up with…

Part of the Proton Improvement Plan involves refurbishing radio-frequency cavities to run at 15 hertz. Pictured here is a radio-frequency cavity tuner. Photo: Matt Slabaugh The Proton Improvement Plan (PIP) team is seizing the current 11-month shutdown of the Fermilab accelerator complex as its chance to initiate major upgrades to the pre-accelerator, Linac and Booster. “The high-energy physics experiments rely upon the availability of the proton source to deliver beam,” said Bill Pellico, the PIP team leader. “Without it, we…

Fermilab’s homegrown cryomodule CM2 was transported to NML last month. It replaces Cryomodule 1, which was assembled from a kit from DESY. Photo: Elvin Harms In 2007, personnel from the German laboratory DESY and the Italian institute LASA came to Fermilab to assist technicians, engineers and scientists in the assembly and operation of Cryomodule 1, a superconducting radio-frequency cryomodule. Now Fermilab is losing the training wheels: it is installing a real homegrown SRF cryomodule. RFCA002, nicknamed CM2, is replacing CM1….