Fermilab news for employees and users

Physics on demand: Fermilab’s annual Family Open House goes virtual Feb. 10-14

The reimagined event will bring five days of family-friendly physics fun from the lab to the living room.

Richard Verhaagen appointed new DOE site office manager

As the liaison between Fermilab and the Department of Energy Office of Science, Verhaagen will work to enable the laboratory mission and ensure work is accomplished safely and within DOE requirements.

Education and public engagement: a virtual year in review and upcoming Family Open House

For all of us, 2020 has been an interesting year full of unique challenges and unique opportunities. The Education and Public Engagement Office has used this time of change to focus on broadening the national and international reach of our efforts via new, virtual opportunities. In this column, I’d like to feature some of the highlights of the past year.

After 21 years at Fermilab exploring the cosmic frontier, Dan Bauer retires

Although astrophysicist Dan Bauer’s career has taken him around the country, and through some of the universe’s biggest questions, he’ll finish where he started — at Fermilab. After a total of 21 years as a Fermilab employee, Bauer is retiring, and his last day is Jan. 28.

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.

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Magnificent seven may shed light on dark matter

From Forbes, Jan. 22, 2021: Fermilab scientist Don Lincoln describes recent findings of scientists studying an unexplained excess of hard X-rays emanating from neutron stars. The explanation for the excess could lie in a hypothesized dark matter candidate called the axion.

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 10 trillion times brighter than our sun.

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