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ICEBERG tests future neutrino detector systems with ‘beautiful’ results

Scientists are testing the components and systems for the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, hosted by Fermilab, with other liquid-argon particle detectors. One such detector is ICEBERG, which is over 10,000 times smaller than DUNE will be. ICEBERG’s measurements are providing insight for future neutrino experiments.

Parking the LHC proton train

Particle accelerators like the LHC require intricate beam dump systems to safely dispose of high-energy particles after each run.

Fermilab scientist Vladimir Shiltsev elected to Academia Europaea

Widely recognized for his work in accelerator beam physics, Shiltsev is one of 361 individuals elected to Academia Europaea, which promotes a wider appreciation of the value of European scholarship and research.

Subatomic Stories: Where’s all the antimatter?

Einstein’s equation E = mc2and the theory of the Big Bang are both generally accepted physics theories, and yet, between them, they make an unphysical prediction. They predict that matter and antimatter should be observed in equal quantities. Yet the universe is made only of matter. Why is that? In this 11-minute episode of Subatomic Stories, Fermilab scientist Don Lincoln explains what is going on.

Campaign season reminder: political activity restrictions at Fermilab

As we enter the election season, the Office of General Counsel reminds everyone that there are important restrictions on political and campaign activities at Fermilab.

The neutrino painter

Particle physics is driven by surprise. Researchers in the 1960s studying tiny but ubiquitous particles called neutrinos found only a fraction of what they expected to be in their detector. That unexpected result eventually led to the discovery that neutrinos are shape-shifters, oscillating between three types as they travel. In this stop-motion video, Symmetry writer Zack Savitsky imagines a painter discovering a similar surprise among his art supplies.

DOE Office of Science Director Chris Fall visits Fermilab

On Sept. 11, DOE Office of Science Director Chris Fall toured Fermilab’s science facilities and experiments.

Fermilab scientist Javier Tiffenberg wins New Horizons in Physics Prize

Tiffenberg shares the $100,000 prize for advances in dark matter detection technology. He and collaborators on the SENSEI experiment drove the development of innovative sensors called skipper CCDs, which are sensitive enough to be able to pick up signals from dark matter particles of low mass.

Safety in robots: Mu2e’s automated handler

Humans and robots work together in a carefully choreographed dance to maintain peak production target performance in Mu2e’s search for new physics – direct muon-to-electron conversion.

Subatomic Stories: Dark energy and the fate of the universe

Mysteries abound in the universe, including the universe’s ultimate fate. In this episode of Subatomic Stories, Fermilab scientist Don Lincoln talks about the observation of a new form of energy called dark energy, which will determine the future of the cosmos.

Remembrance ceremony on Friday, Sept. 11, 8:55 a.m.

The Fermilab Fire Department invites employees and users to a ceremony to remember those who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Attendees may join in person or virtually.

Lead lab selected for next-generation cosmic microwave background experiment

The U.S. Department of Energy has selected Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to lead a DOE/NSF experiment that combines observatories at the South Pole and in Chile’s high desert. Fermilab plans to be a key partner on the experiment, called CMB-S4, which aims to undertake an unprecedented survey of the early universe.

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New calculation refines comparison of matter with antimatter

From Brookhaven National Laboratory, Sept. 17, 2020: Brookhaven theorists publish an improved prediction for the tiny difference in kaon decays observed by experiments. Understanding these decays and comparing the prediction with more recent state-of-the-art experimental measurements made at Fermilab and CERN gives scientists a way to test for tiny differences between matter and antimatter.

Das flüchtigste aller Teilchen

From Spektrum, Sept. 16, 2020: Mit neuen Experimenten wollen Forscher herausfinden, ob es eine vierte Variante des Neutrinos gibt. Sollte sie existieren, könnte das Einblicke in den rätselhaften dunklen Sektor des Universums erlauben.

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