Fermilab news for employees and users

It’s colossal: Creating the world’s largest dilution refrigerator

To cool quantum computing components, researchers use machines called dilution refrigerators. Researchers and engineers from the SQMS Center are building Colossus, the largest, most powerful refrigerator at millikelvin temperatures ever made. The new machine will enable new physics and quantum computing experiments.

Physics books of 2022

This year’s list includes a book about an eminent physicist striving to avoid fame, two unique books for children, and a book with equations you’ll actually be able to read.

First DUNE science components arrive at SURF

Traveling by rail, sea, interstates and shafts, the first components of the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment have arrived at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, South Dakota.

Detecting dark matter with quantum computers

Fermilab scientists have developed an experiment to detect dark matter using superconducting qubits as sensors.

Fermilab Colloquium series returns in person

All users and employees are welcome to join the presentations on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in Wilson Hall 1-West for the Fermilab Colloquium series. This series will cover a variety of topics in science, engineering and other disciplines.

How fast is gravity?

Gravity is the most familiar of the known forces, but it seems to be eternal and unchanging. However, scientists believe that gravity moves with a specific speed. In this video, Don Lincoln describes a fascinating observation that definitively measures the speed of gravity.

Lee Teng internship fosters undergraduate researchers in accelerator science and engineering

Each summer, 10 upper-level university students participate in an internship that exposes them to professional experience in accelerator science and technology.

Neutrino detector on the move

A new 20,000-pound particle detection system built for a neutrino experiment will be transported 3 miles across the Fermilab campus today. About the size of a small house, it will be the heart of the Short-Baseline Near Detector at Fermilab.

Fermilab and collaborators lead work on quantum gravity tests

A team of physicists from Caltech, Harvard, Fermilab, MIT and Google present results in the Dec. 1 issue of Nature on a pair of quantum systems that exhibit the behavior of a traversable wormhole.

First-time ATLAS measurement provides new look at Higgs

For the first time, physicists have a statistically significant measurement of the joint polarization of W and Z bosons.

Winter weather: Road closures and parking restrictions 2022-23

Green cones will soon begin appearing in parking lots across site — a sure sign that Fermilab is ready for winter weather.

Finding art in astrophysics technology

LSST Camera images provide the inspiration for artist Lennart Lahuis’s “Astromelancholia.”

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Google’s quantum computer suggests that wormholes are realNEW

From the Big Think, Dec. 2, 2022: Recently, a team of researchers from Cal Tech, Fermilab, Google, MIT and Harvard announced they modeled wormhole behavior on a quantum computer. They used Google’s quantum computer Sycamore to generate and control what is equivalent to a wormhole and results suggest that wormholes might be real.

National Quantum Initiative Centers SummitNEW

From Whitehouse.gov, Dec. 5, 2022: Last week the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy hosted the thirteen National Quantum Initiative and National Defense Authorization Act research centers to discuss the most pressing scientific and workforce challenges affecting quantum information science and the impacts and benefits of the field to society. Fermilab’s Sam Posen and Jens Koch attended the summit to present SQMS’s mission, major scientific impacts, as well their approaches to building multi-disciplinary research teams, engagement with industry, and education and outreach.

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