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The blue cylinder in this diagram represents a superconducting microwave cavity used to accumulate a dark matter signal. The purple is the qubit used to measure the state of the cavity, either 0 or 1. The value refers to the number of photons counted. If the dark matter has successfully deposited a photon in the cavity, the output would measure 1. No deposition of a photon would measure 0. Image: Akash Dixit, University of ChicagoNEW
Sensitive qubit-based technique to accelerate search for dark matter

Quantum bits acting as particle detectors offer a fast and highly reliable means of solving one of the great mysteries in physics: the nature of dark matter. This new method promises a more efficient way to detect dark matter candidates by improving the experimental signal-to-noise ratio.

A satellite image of the Western Hemisphere on Sept. 19, 2019. Image: NASANEW
Fermilab to celebrate Earth Day 2021 in new format

To celebrate Earth Day in 2021, Fermilab will host multiple virtual events over the course of a week.

The Feynman Computing Center Generator is an internal combustion engine that FCC uses for back up power. It emits criteria pollutants, such as carbon monoxide, sulfur oxide, nitric oxide and particulate matter. Photo: Teri Dykhuis
Air emissions control at Fermilab

Fermilab is responsible for tracking and monitoring existing and potential emissions into the air to ensure that the site remains a low emitter of criteria and hazardous air pollutants. Any new sources, or changes to existing sources, should always be communicated to the Environmental Protection Department for potential tracking.

An example of a tool that middle- and high-school teachers generated in EPE’s professional development hackathon on February 26, 2021.
Teachers work with Fermilab staff in professional development ‘hackathon’

Fermilab’s Office of Education and Public Engagement hosted a science teaching “hackathon” titled “Making It Real, Virtually! Connecting Fermilab Science to Your Classroom” for the DuPage Regional Office of Education Countywide Teacher Institute Day on February 26. This was a virtual first for EPE.

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Video: Muon g-2 experiment finds strong evidence for new physics

The first results from the Muon g-2 experiment hosted at Fermilab show fundamental particles called muons behaving in a way not predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics. This video explains what a muon is, how the Muon g-2 experiment works, and the significance of this landmark result.

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First results from Fermilab’s Muon g-2 experiment strengthen evidence of new physics

The first results from the Muon g-2 experiment hosted at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory show fundamental particles called muons behaving in a way not predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics. These results confirm an earlier experiment of the same name performed at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Combined, the two results show strong evidence that our best theoretical model of the subatomic world is incomplete. One potential explanation would be the existence of undiscovered particles or forces.

From left to right: Martha Michels, Ketevan Akhobadze and Shaorui Li.
Tea Talk: For Women’s History Month, 3 Fermilab employees discuss their career journeys

On March 24, in honor of Women’s History Month, about 90 participants tuned in virtually to hear short talks from three outstanding women employees about their career journeys: Martha Michels, Ketevan Akhobadze and Shaorui Li.

The next supercollider

What does it take to envision and build a seemingly impossible particle accelerator? The results of these discussions will shape the next 100 years of particle physics research.

Portrait photo of Jimmy McLeod
Fermilab and Argonne promote opportunities for small businesses

On March 17, Fermilab and Argonne hosted a virtual “Doing Business with Your National Labs” meeting. The event drew nearly 200 diverse small business leaders who came to hear about how to prepare and submit proposals for contracts.

New amplification algorithms expand the utility of quantum computers to handle non-Boolean scenarios, allowing for an extended range of values to characterize individual records, such as the scores assigned to each disk in the output superposition above. Illustration: Prasanth Shyamsundar
New computing algorithms expand the boundaries of a quantum future

To fully realize the potential of quantum computing, scientists must start with the basics: developing step-by-step procedures, or algorithms, for quantum computers to perform simple tasks. A Fermilab scientist has done just that, announcing two new algorithms that build upon existing work in the field to further diversify the types of problems quantum computers can solve.

These physicists comprise the LPC team that contributed to the supersymmetry analysis.
Searching for stealthy supersymmetry

U.S. CMS physicists from Fermilab and associated universities collaborating under the umbrella of the LPC make up a team that is the first to perform a new kind of search for “stealthy” supersymmetry that does not result in an obvious signature of large energy imbalance. Instead, the LPC team is looking for collisions that result in an unusually large number of particles in the detector. CMS recently published a briefing explaining their analysis.

Seven tips for teleworking from Beverly Bison

Hello Fermilab friends! It’s me, Beverly Bison. I know a lot of you are teleworking now, and we sure do miss you here at the lab. As your resident herd, we’ve been working from home since 1969, and we thought we’d share a few of our favorite tips to help you with this transition.

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New Measurements of Muons Might Rewrite Particle PhysicsNEW

From Smithsonian Magazine, April 9, 2021: Results from two particle physics experiments have come tantalizingly close to discovering a gap in the Standard Model.

Have Fermilab Scientists Broken Modern Physics?NEW

From Forbes, April 7, 2021: Don Lincoln, senior scientist at Fermilab, explains that a new measurement announced by Fermilab last week goes a long way towards telling us if the venerable theory will need revising.

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