From Symmetry: “Contributing to an LHC experiment, no transatlantic travel required”

November 26, 2012
Signe Brewster

Scientists participate in the CMS experiment from afar using remote operations centers.


Photo: Reidar Hahn, Fermilab

Physicist Sam Hewamanage woke up, got ready and made his usual 15-minute drive to work. He parked his car, walked inside and sat at his workstation before digging into his primary task for the day: monitoring a particle detector located 100 meters underground on the border of Switzerland and France.

Hewamanage (pictured below) doesn’t live in Europe. He lives in Batavia, Ill., just outside of Chicago. But he can work on the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider as if he were on the CERN campus, thanks to the Remote Operations Center at Fermilab.

Sam Hewamanage (Photo: Reidar Hahn, Fermilab)

The ROC at Fermilab has allowed more than 100 people to log nearly 3000 hours of shifts for the CMS experiment this year alone, making hands-on experience much more accessible for people who don’t have the opportunity to travel overseas. They will complete upward of 1000 more hours before the LHC goes into a long shutdown in February.”

See the full article here.

Symmetry is a joint Fermilab/SLAC publication.