Fermilab news for employees and users

Announcing the 2020-22 Users Executive Committee: Come meet us (virtually) on Jan. 22

In November, the Fermilab Users Executive Committee welcomed new members who will serve in the 2020-22 term. The Fermilab community is invited to meet the new folks at the UEC’s first-ever virtual Meet & Greet, co-hosted with the Fermilab Student and Postdoc Association, on Friday, Jan. 22.

Neutrino music: a composer’s journey – public lecture by Fermilab guest composer David Ibbett

Fermilab guest composer David Ibbett composes electrosymphonic music, a fusion of classical and electronic styles. He visited Fermilab in January 2020 to learn more about neutrino research at the lab and started working on his first neutrino-inspired compositions. In this lecture, he presents the results of his work, with a guest appearance by neutrino scientist Bonnie Fleming.

ATLAS releases ‘full orchestra’ of analysis instruments

The ATLAS collaboration has begun to publish likelihood functions, information that will allow researchers to better understand and use their experiment’s data in future analyses.

Dark Energy Survey makes public catalog of nearly 700 million astronomical objects

The international collaboration, including Fermilab, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, NOIRLab and others, releases a massive, public collection of astronomical data and calibrated images from six years of surveys. This data release is one of the largest astronomical catalogs issued to date.

The status of supersymmetry

Once the most popular framework for physics beyond the Standard Model, supersymmetry is facing a reckoning — but many researchers are not giving up on it yet.

Engineers and scientists at Fermilab are designing machine learning programs for the lab’s accelerator complex. These algorithms will enable the laboratory to save energy, give accelerator operators better guidance on maintenance and system performance, and better inform the research timelines of scientists who use the accelerators. The pilot system will used on the Main Injector and Recycler, pictured here. It will eventually be extended to the entire accelerator chain. Photo: Reidar Hahn, Fermilab
Fermilab receives DOE funding to develop machine learning for particle accelerators

Fermilab scientists and engineers are developing a machine learning platform to help run Fermilab’s accelerator complex alongside a fast-response machine learning application for accelerating particle beams. The programs will work in tandem to boost efficiency and energy conservation in Fermilab accelerators.

Fermilab's optical stochastic cooling experiment is now under way at the 40-meter-circumference Integrable Optics Test Accelerator, a versatile particle storage ring designed to pursue innovations in accelerator science. Photo: Giulio Stancari, Fermilab
Next-generation particle beam cooling experiment under way at Fermilab accelerator

High-intensity particle beams enable researchers to probe rare physics phenomena. A proposed technique called optical stochastic cooling could achieve brighter beams 10,000 times faster than current technology allows. A proof-of-principle experiment to demonstrate OSC has begun at Fermilab’s Integrable Optics Test Accelerator.

High school teachers, meet particle physics

Workshops around the world train science teachers to incorporate particle physics into their classrooms.

LHCb finds more matter-antimatter weirdness in B mesons

Matter and antimatter particles can behave differently, but where these differences show up is still a puzzle. Scientists on the LHCb experiment at the Large Hadron Collider study much more subtle differences between matter particles and their antimatter equivalents. A recent analysis allowed them to revisit an old mystery — an asymmetry between asymmetries.

Twinkle, twinkle little star …

For all antiquity nobody knew what stars were. When Copernicus realized that the sun, not Earth, is the center of the universe, the stars were placed on a far distant giant sphere. Some thought they might be holes through which shone the light of heaven. Copernicus, who was nineteen when Columbus first sailed across the Atlantic, started the Scientific Revolution, followed by Galileo and Newton, and the Age of Discovery began.

First measurement of single-proton interactions with the MicroBooNE detector

The MicroBooNE neutrino experiment at Fermilab has published a new measurement that helps paint a more detailed portrait of the neutrino. This measurement more precisely targets one of the processes arising from the interaction of a neutrino with an atomic nucleus, one with a fancy name: charged-current quasielastic scattering.

Major upgrade to Fermilab accelerator complex gets green light

The U.S. Department of Energy has formally approved the scope, schedule and cost of the PIP-II project at Fermilab. The PIP-II accelerator will become the heart of Fermilab’s upgraded accelerator complex, delivering more powerful proton beams to the lab’s experiments and enabling deeper probes of the fundamental constituents of the universe.

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Oldest, farthest, brightest: Astronomers discover cosmic heavyweight

From Forbes, Jan. 19, 2021: Fermilab scientist Don Lincoln contextualizes the discovery of the most distant (and therefore oldest) supermassive black hole found thus far, which is ten trillion times brighter than our sun.

Fermilab’s Integrated Engineering Research Center is ‘future flexible’NEW

From ENR, Jan. 18, 2021: The upcoming two-story Integrated Engineering Research Center will provide Fermilab staff and users with highly modular, flexible working environment. In its plan, the architecture team sought to maximize flexibility for wherever science may take particle physics over the next 50 years.

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