Director’s corner

The NOvA project and its leadership have been recognized by the Department of Energy with two prestigious awards: The NOvA project received the Secretary of Energy’s Award of Excellence, and Pepin Carolan of the Fermilab Site Office earned the Federal Project Director of the Year award. Both awards were presented by DOE Director of Management and Administration Ingrid Kolb, on behalf of DOE Secretary Moniz, at the annual DOE Project and Acquisition Management Workshop in Washington, D.C., in March. As…

Significant progress has been made on the new international neutrino collaboration. Last week, scientists from 148 institutions around the world chose DUNE (Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment) as the name of the experiment that will use the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF) neutrino beam. And, the group elected André Rubbia, ETH Zurich, and Mark Thomson, University of Cambridge, as the collaboration’s spokespeople. Congratulations to both André and Mark. The DUNE collaboration, which includes participation from Asia, Europe, and North and South America,…

The search for charged-lepton flavor violation just moved a step closer. If this phenomenon is uncovered by the Mu2e experiment and its global collaboration, our understanding of particle physics would increase substantially. The Mu2e project achieved two major milestones earlier this month, advancing this quest along its path for science early in the next decade. Based on developments in detailed designs, engineering analyses and magnet prototyping validated by an independent review committee, Mu2e received Critical Decision 2 and Critical Decision…

Fermilab DirectorNigel Lockyer Reviews are a part of our everyday life at Fermilab. We executed over 250 internal and external reviews, assessments and inspections in 2014. That’s almost one for every business day of the year. Perhaps this number is not surprising to many of you. Although a significant burden on the lab staff, reviews help us ensure that we are carrying out our science efficiently and safely. Reviews often include outside experts, giving us an opportunity to “learn from…

Fermilab DirectorNigel Lockyer Neutrino research has the potential to lead to discoveries that rival the observation of the Higgs boson. And just as with the successful search for the Higgs, the question of the nature of neutrinos is being investigated by different teams using different methods. Here at Fermilab we are very familiar with one method — the study of neutrinos created from high-power particle accelerators. But at last month’s ELBNF collaboration meeting, Duke University Professor Kate Scholberg gave a…

Fermilab DirectorNigel Lockyer Fermilab encourages an environment and culture that fosters creativity, innovation and excellence. Together we will continue to produce great science in a global environment and contribute to the economic well-being of our nation, which includes particle physics-based real-world applications. Later today, the Lab-Corps pilot will launch. Sponsored by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Lab-Corps is a program that helps develop the entrepreneurial skills of inventors at the laboratory. Based on the successful I-Corps…

Fermilab DirectorNigel Lockyer Happy new year, everyone. Thanks to all those who “enjoyed” working over the holidays to keep lab operations running smoothly, the accelerator complex running, and the experiments taking data. Quiet is good when you are an experimenter. Particular kudos go to the accelerator team, who not only kept the machines up and running but began slip stacking tests in the Recycler that will pave the way toward ever higher beam power, hopefully 400 kilowatts, in 2015. For…

Fermilab DirectorNigel Lockyer Fermilab has always been an international laboratory. With the proposed Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility based here at Fermilab, we’re about to enter a bold new era of global cooperation. This Friday, Dec. 12, Fermilab will host the second of two open meetings about LBNF. These meetings are a big step toward forming a strong collaboration with partners across the globe, with the goal of building the best neutrino experiment of its kind in the world. Last Friday, the…