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Design thinking and the Disco-tracker

As part of a class on design thinking, a graduate student turned her research topic into an art installation resembling a giant disco ball.

Excavation of huge caverns for DUNE particle detector is underway

Excavation of the large caverns for the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility is in full swing. Over a third of the whopping 800,000 tons that need to be extracted from a mile underground have been removed. When finished, the underground facility will cover an area about the size of eight soccer fields and provide space for the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment.

A mile underground: the large caverns and detectors of DUNE

The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment is an international experiment to unlock the mysteries of neutrinos. DUNE will be installed in the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility, under construction in the United States. One mile underground, at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota, the excavation of the large LBNF caverns for the DUNE far detectors is in full swing. When complete, the LBNF underground facility will cover an area about the size of eight soccer fields.

Meetings bring PIP-II collaborators together at Fermilab

The first in-person meetings since 2020 provided space for fruitful discussions and overdue introductions.

Search for hidden chambers using cosmic-ray muons – Public lecture by Mark Adams

How can you locate hidden chambers inside a Mayan pyramid? Mark Adams and his colleagues are in the process of exploring the interior of Kukulcan’s pyramid at Chichén Itzá using particles called muons. In March 2022, he and his teammates travelled to Mexico to start the work.

First demonstration of a new particle beam technology at Fermilab

Scientists successfully used a new technique to cool a particle beam and make it denser. The new method may enable future experiments to create more particle collisions. Denser particle beams provide researchers a better chance of exploring rare physics phenomena that help us understand our universe.

Four (more) things you might not know about antimatter

It’s around you, it’s a part of you, and scientists are still trying to figure it out.

Roger Snyder becomes permanent DOE site office manager at Fermilab

As the representative of Department of Energy Office of Science at Fermilab, Snyder will continue to support the lab’s mission and ensure work is accomplished safely and within DOE requirements. The Fermilab acting site office manager since February, Snyder has been permanently reassigned to lead the Fermi Site Office while also serving as acting site office manager for nearby Argonne Laboratory.

U.S. CMS passes CD-3b DOE checkpoint for detector upgrades

U.S. CMS scientists receive $7.6 million from the U.S. Department of Energy toward CMS detector upgrades.

Why aren’t neutrinos adding up?

Physicists take on the mystery of the missing (and extra) neutrinos.

Engineer Kavin Ammigan wins $2.5M award for high-power accelerator target research

Kavin Ammigan won an Early Career Award from the U.S. Department of Energy to research new materials for high-power particle accelerator targets.

Are neutrinos dark matter? | Even Bananas

Dark matter is invisible; it’s everywhere; and it doesn’t interact with matter very often. The same is true for neutrinos. So are neutrinos dark matter? Neutrino physicist Kirsty Duffy and neutrino/dark matter researcher Asher Kaboth (Royal Holloway, University of London) break down the most likely dark matter candidates and where neutrinos fit into the mix.

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Physicists spotted rare W boson trios at the Large Hadron Collider

From Science News, August 15, 2022: W bosons are particles that transmit the weak force, which is responsible for certain types of radioactive decay. Last April, Fermilab researchers reported the W boson was more massive than predicted, hinting that something may be amiss with the standard model. Now a team of scientists with ATLAS at the LHC are reporting rare boson triplets which continues to test the standard model for any cracks.

Is dark matter real? Astronomy’s multi-decade mystery

From Big Think, August 13, 2022: After decades of research, astronomers cannot explain how and why galaxies exist. Fermilab’s Don Lincoln discusses the hypothesis of dark matter as the undiscovered form of matter to explain this galactic mystery.

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