Sarah Khan

PPD technicians construct detector blocks for the NOvA near detector in the CDF building. Photo: Reidar Hahn Fermilab scientists, engineers and technicians working on the NOvA near detector recently began assembling the neutrino detector blocks at the CDF building. It’s a milestone accomplishment, said near-detector Project Manager Ting Miao. The near detector being constructed at Fermilab will be able to pick up on muon neutrinos sent from the NuMI beam, which originates at the laboratory and passes through NOvA’s second,…

Curtis Danner, certified electronics technician, works for the Particle Physics Division. Photo: Reidar Hahn How long have you been at Fermilab? I started working at Fermilab 43 years ago, when it was called the National Accelerator Laboratory. I was told two things during my first interviews that came true: You will be wearing eyeglasses, and you will become a jack of all trades. Additionally, I have been working for the Office of Education overseeing the repair of Lederman Science Center…

Summer 2012 student interns pose in front of Wilson Hall. Photo: Cindy Arnold Summer at Fermilab brings sun, greenery and plenty of outdoor activities. Summer also brings more than 90 students from U.S. high schools and universities worldwide to participate in Fermilab’s many summer student internship programs. The programs, each of which has between six and 20 students, are a way for high-school students and undergraduates to put their knowledge of research methods to practice in a real laboratory environment,…

Angelo Di Canto Angelo Di Canto has been fascinated by physics since he was young. He first came to Fermilab in 2006 as a summer undergraduate intern to begin learning how to do high-energy physics research. Di Canto, now a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, won this year’s URA Thesis Award for his work with charmed meson decay using CDF data taken at Fermilab. Di Canto first started working on charmed meson decay as a Ph.D….

The Superconducting Strand and Cable R&D Group recently built a new superconducting cable test stand, located in Industrial Building 3a. Its transformer, made of coiled superconducting wire, is attached to the stand about two feet from the ground. Photo: Sarah Khan Testing key magnet components has become ever more important to Fermilab’s High-Field Magnet Program, especially since the recent development of an 11-Tesla superconducting magnet. To test the cables for such magnets, the Technical Division’s Superconducting Strand and Cable R&D…

The NOvA near-detector cavern is nearly complete. Photo: Cindy Arnold After breaking ground in May 2012, the NOvA near-detector cavern, situated 350 feet underground, is nearly complete—ahead of schedule, no less—and has been ready to accommodate NOvA research equipment since it received beneficial occupancy on May 10. The lab originally planned for completion in mid-June this year, said FESS engineer Russ Alber. But construction subcontractor Kiewit Infrastructure Co. has been working ahead of schedule and is now ready to turn…

Steve Carrelli’s drawing "Away and Back" is on display in the Fermilab Art Gallery. Chicago artist Steven Carrelli uses art to explore the relationships between people and the space around them. His still-life drawings seem ordinary at first but reveal different perspectives upon closer inspection. “The longer you look at it, the stranger the space becomes,” Carrelli said. Carrelli is one of four artists whose pencil-drawn pieces are featured at Fermilab’s second-floor art gallery in a show titled “Foundations of…

The Grid Computing Center houses small files for a number of experiments at Fermilab. Photo: Reidar Hahn Experts in the Scientific Computing Division have developed a more efficient method to store data to better cater to the needs of Intensity Frontier experiments. Last year, SCD developers created a method to efficiently store and access small-sized data files. The method is useful for several neutrino experiments, which normally store many small, sparse files that range from hundreds of kilobytes to hundreds…

How long have you been at Fermilab? I started working at Fermilab as a temporary technician for three years and then became a full-time technician 10 and a half years ago. I have also traveled to CERN three times while working here. What is a typical day for you like? I help build, repair and maintain the machinery and systems used for experiments at the Proton Assembly Building. A typical day involves starting at 6:30 a.m. to maintain and run…

A bison calf stands close to its mother at Fermilab’s bison farm on a recent sunny morning. Photo: Sarah Khan Spring has sprung, welcoming two additions to Fermilab’s bison herd, with more to come. The first bison calf was born on April 20, and the second was born on April 22. Both calves are healthy and in excellent shape, said Fermilab herdsman Cleo Garcia. The calves pranced around their mothers on a recent breezy morning, taking breaks to nurse while…