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Massive caverns for DUNE neutrino project nearly excavated

The major part of the excavation of the caverns for the Long Baseline Neutrino Facility at SURF is nearing completion. The caverns will house the very large detectors for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment in Lead, South Dakota.

Scientists say: muon

Fermilab research and announcements have helped promote the mystery of muons by studying how they wobble as they move through the magnetic ring. With science announcements in 2021 and 2023, science interested readers are wanting to learn more about the heavy cousins of electrons that are constantly raining down on Earth’s surface.

Fermilab’s MINERvA experiment was chosen as one of the nine runners up as part of the Physics World 2023 Breakthrough of the Year. The MINERvA research shows how information about the internal structure of the proton can be gleaned from neutrinos scattering from a plastic target.

The recent report published by the Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel highlights the important role that Sanford Underground Research Facility plays in the advancement of U.S. particles physics and its support of the DUNE project. The P5 report recommends continued support for DUNE and funding for expansion of research space at SURF that will enable the U.S. to be an international host for neutrino and dark matter experiments.

Physics World assembled a special report on quantum physics and how big science is linking large-scale facilities with universities, government labs and tech firms. Flip through the pages of this special issue featuring the SQMS Quantum Lab on the cover and an interview with SQMS Director, Anna Grassellino.

CBS News Chicago spoke with a current P5 member who is a professor at the University of Chicago about the 2023 report for federal funding agencies on what should be constructed to advance particle physics research over the next 10 years. Recommendations include a powerful new particle accelerator at Fermilab, a telescope to observe the oldest light in the universe, and research to learn more about mysteries such as dark matter.

The Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel presented their report for the next decade with recommendations for the two main U.S. agencies that fund high-energy physics research. The report has five key recommendations and suggests the U.S. should explore programming to demonstrate the feasibility of two new kinds of particle accelerators.

Particle Physics Panel assesses US influence on global stage

A new report from the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel has come out stressing the importance of international collaboration in particle physics research. The report is part of a series of “international benchmarking” studies commissioned by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science with the HEPAP subcommittee chaired by Fermilab scientists Patricia McBride and Bonnie Fleming.