DOE has awarded a $1.9 million grant to Northern Illinois University and the Illinois Institute of Technology for the training of next-generation workers in accelerator science and technology. The program will cover student tuition costs for two years and fund paid research assistantships at Fermilab and Argonne. Physics professors Michael Syphers and Philippe Piot, both experts in particle accelerator research and technology, are leading the effort at NIU.
After scanning in depth about a quarter of the southern skies for six years and cataloguing hundreds of millions of distant galaxies, the Dark Energy Survey will finish taking data on Jan. 9. DES scientists recorded data from more than 300 million distant galaxies. More than 400 scientists from over 25 institutions around the world have been involved in the project, hosted by Fermilab. The collaboration has already produced about 200 academic papers, with more to come.
The upcoming Short-Baseline Near Detector at Fermilab continues scientists’ search for evidence of a hypothetical particle, the sterile neutrino. Collaborators around the world are participating in the detector’s construction. Its first critical components recently arrived from partner institutions. When complete, SBND will be the third and final detector in Fermilab’s Short-Baseline Neutrino Program.
From Daily Herald, Nov. 4, 2018: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers and Chicago-area scientists are working to create a communications network that can withstand hacking.
From Chicago Maroon, Nov. 1, 2018: UChicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will collaborate with Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab in an effort to establish Chicago as a national epicenter of quantum technology research, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced at the Polsky Center this Tuesday.
From Chicago Tribune, Oct. 30, 2018: Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are joining Argonne and Fermilab in creating a network that could ultimately pave the way for communication that can’t be hacked.
From Chicago Sun-Times, Oct. 30, 2018: Fermilab Deputy Director Joe Lykken: “There’s a lot of hype out there, but I think it is a fair analogy to say this is like the World Wide Web when there were only three websites … We really are at the beginning of something that we think is going to be transformative, not just for science but for the whole world.”
From University of Chicago, May 8, 2018: A number of breakthroughs have made it possible for scientists to encode and manipulate information in quantum systems. Scientists at UChicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering,which formed a hub with Fermilab and Argonne called the Chicago Quantum Exchange, are fleshing out the fundamental rules of controlling such systems.