Sarah Witman

The capacitor tree outside Master Substation is one of the more visually arresting structures on Fermilab grounds. Photo: Sarah Witman

The Magnet Systems Department recently successfully completed a prototype torus magnet coil for the Jefferson Lab CLAS12 upgrade. They devised a relatively inexpensive system, seen here, for winding the 2,500-pound coil. While the price of a standard coil-winding table that can hold a 4,000-pound fixture is $190,000, the Fermilab team built an adequate system for less than $10,000. One layer of coil, sitting at the winding fixture with a 12-foot-diameter cable spool installed above the fixture, and the second spool…

A crew installed MicroBooNE’s 5-ton time projection chamber in its cryostat last month. Photo: Reidar Hahn On Dec. 20, Fermilab collaborators on the MicroBooNE experiment successfully installed the time projection chamber in the experiment’s vessel at the DZero assembly building. The completion of this step is a milestone in the experiment’s years-long narrative. Once the detector is moved to the new Liquid-Argon Test Facility, MicroBooNE scientists can begin a new stage of exploration of the behavior of chargeless, subatomic particles…

Bill Gatfield burns 9.11-inch steel for the MINOS beam absorber. Photo courtesy of Bill Gatfield How long have you been working at Fermilab? In March it will be 35 years. I started out in the Village machine shop as a welder, and I’ve been doing that ever since. I’ve been welding all my working life. What is a typical day for you like? It varies. It can be physical — moving equipment, welding, climbing ladders. It can also be intricate….

Fermilab recently passed a milestone of 2,000 Ph.D. theses published based on research conducted at the laboratory. The first of these theses was published nearly 40 years ago. Photo: Sarah Witman Fermilab recently observed an outstanding achievement: 2,000 Ph.D.s awarded based on research conducted at the lab during its decades-long history. Since 1974, at least 2,015 students have received Ph.D.s based on research conducted at Fermilab. Carl Bromberg, now a physics professor at Michigan State University, was among the very…

Steve Krave’s photograph “Experiments Past” is one of many photos of Fermilab that will be on display until Jan. 26 in the Fermilab Art Gallery. The exhibit comprises fine-art photos of the lab taken by members of the Fermilab Photography Club. Photo: Steve Krave, TD Today the Fermilab Art Gallery unveils “Fermilab Examined: A juried exhibition by members of the Fermilab Photography Club” on Wilson Hall’s second-floor crossover. It is the first-ever art exhibit dedicated solely to photographs of the…