Announcements and notices

Feb. 14-16

– Three stores provided ~33.3 hours of luminosity – Interlock personnel replace a bad MI card – Controls personnel replace a bad Pbar card – Tevatron cryo system quenches after store 8498 was terminated – Booster personnel replaced power supply for low-level RF system – Booster personnel repairs termination for Chopper – Network Storm hits; Controls personnel located and isolated problem, but the storm affected many pieces of equipment – Preaccelerator personnel switched from the H- Source to the I-…

On Tuesday, Feb. 15, Fermilab Director Pier Oddone spoke to the Fermilab community about the recent budget scenarios. An archived video of the talk is now available here.

All-hands talk today

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone will address the most recent budget news as it affects Fermilab in an all-hands meeting at 11 a.m. today in Ramsey Auditorium. Overflow seating will be available in One West. The talk will also be available via streaming video here.

Feb. 11-14

– Five stores provided ~40.5 hours of luminosity – MiniBooNE frozen sump discharge line cleared – Tevatron lost some luminosity due to an earthquake in Chile – Store 8488 aborted. No cause was found – ComEd power glitch caused the loss of store 8492, the stash, the stack, cryo systems, CDF equipment, the Pelletron and the failure of equipment throughout the accelerators – MI safety system tripped off due to a ground fault indication Read the Current Accelerator Update Read…

Budget season is upon us. Last week the House Appropriations Committee unveiled its proposal for a FY2011 Continuing Resolution, including proposed reductions in funding to the Office of Science. Today President Obama is expected to issue his budget request for the 2012 fiscal year. Fermilab Director Pier Oddone will address the most recent budget news as it affects Fermilab in an all-hands meeting at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15, in Ramsey Auditorium. Overflow seating will be available in One…

February 9-11

– Two stores provided ~45.5 hours of luminosity – Linac personnel worked on LRF1 and LRF2 – Main Injector ground fault found Read the Current Accelerator Update Read the Early Bird Report View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts

From 5-7 p.m. today, the Fermilab Art Gallery will host a public reception for the latest art exhibit: “Through the Lens,” an exhibit of photographs by Reidar Hahn and the Particle Physics Photowalk participants. The exhibit showcases the equipment and people who make physics discoveries possible. For 23 years, Fermilab photographer Reidar Hahn has explored the colorful world of particle physics. The exhibit, which begins today and runs through April 8, features 31 of Hahn’s photographs alongside 20 photos from…

Last month, the Universities Research Association Council of Presidents, consisting of 86 member universities, approved continuation of the URA Visiting Scholars at Fermilab Program for an additional five years. The program is supported by a $5,000 yearly assessment of its members during the five year period. The initial five year URA commitment to the program, undertaken under the current DOE contract, was to expire at the end of 2011. The program, whose extension was approved with overwhelming support of the…

Feb. 7-9

– Three stores provided ~29.3 hours of luminosity – MiniBooNE suffered three hours of downtime due to system problems – Tevatron personnel conducted orbit kicker tests – Interlock personnel conducted Meson Safety system tests – Linac personnel repaired a RF station that suffered a power surge – MI will be accessed today for 2-3 hours to make RF repairs Read the Current Accelerator Update Read the Early Bird Report View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts

Firefighters send foam and water down the Soudan mine access shaft on Friday night. Photo: Minnesota Incident Command Center. Over the weekend, the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center provided updates on the situation at the Soudan Underground Mine, which houses two Fermilab experiments. Responders to the mine shaft fire reported Sunday that a fire which began the evening of Thursday, March 17, appears to be out, but they were not able to determine its exact location. The Soudan mine is owned…