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  • richardmitnick 12:03 pm on February 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    From Fermilab: “Science At Work” A Wonderful Video 2 Years in the Making 

    Fermilab is an enduring source of strength for the US contribution to scientific research world wide.


    This wonderful video about the D.O.E’s flagship Particle Physics lab. It was released today. I hope that you watch it and enjoy it. Please visit Fermilab’s web site and have a look around.
    These are your tax dollars at work.

    Fermilab Campus

    Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), located just outside Batavia, Illinois, near Chicago, is a US Department of Energy national laboratory specializing in high-energy particle physics.

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  • richardmitnick 1:12 am on February 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    From The BBC: “Prof Peter Higgs: Prize honours Large Hadron Collider scientist” 

    BBC News Scotland

    The scientist who gave his name to the Higgs boson hopes a prize named in his honour will inspire a new generation of physics geniuses.

    First Minister Alex Salmond has announced an annual prize, named after Prof Peter Higgs, for school students.

    Prof Peter Higgs standing beside the Large Hadron Collider

    Prof Higgs said: ‘I hope that this will inspire young students of today…Rewarding those who have excelled in physics in this way and supporting the next generation of scientists is to be warmly welcomed.’

    The Higgs Prize, open to Scottish school students who excel in physics, will be formally launched by the First Minister and the scientist on Tuesday.
    It is part of a week designed to showcase Scotland’s scientific expertise, with Mr Salmond also expected to make a significant announcement about life sciences and mark a landmark in space science.

    Prof Higgs hit upon his defining concept during a walk in the Cairngorms in 1964, when he started to consider the existence of a particle that gives matter its mass.

    Visitors can walk through a full-size replica of a section of the Large Hadron Collider tunnel. He wrote two scientific papers on his theory and was eventually published in the Physical Review Letters journal, sparking a 40-year hunt for the Higgs boson. In July, a team from the European nuclear research facility at CERN, Geneva, announced the detection of a particle that fitted the description of the elusive Higgs.”

    See the full article here.

    • John Jaksich 11:43 am on February 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Very nice. This type of incentive is definitely needed in today’s economy.


  • richardmitnick 11:11 am on January 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    From SLAC: “From the Director of the Accelerator Directorate: FACET and What Comes Next” 

    SLAC Campus
    SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is home to a two-mile linear accelerator—the longest in the world. Originally a particle physics research center, SLAC is now a multipurpose laboratory for astrophysics, photon science, accelerator and particle physics research.

    January 18, 2013
    by Norbert Holtkamp

    Norbert Holtkamp, director of the Accelerator Directorate at SLAC. (Credit: Brad Plummer)

    In mid-February, SLAC’s newest user facility, FACET – the Facility for Advanced Accelerator Experimental Tests – will launch into its startup. Approximately four weeks later, the first scientists will arrive to use FACET for a three-month run of experiments.

    FACET, the Facility for Advanced aCcelerator Experimental Tests, uses two-thirds of the famous two-mile-long linear accelerator at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

    FACET will host a large variety of experiments, but its main focus is on demonstrating a new acceleration technique, known as plasma wakefield acceleration, which promises to accelerate electrons to very high energies in a much shorter distance than possible today. This would be the equivalent of shrinking SLAC’s 2-mile-long linear accelerator into a box about 3 feet long.

    An earlier experiment had already demonstrated that these steep acceleration gradients are possible. That experiment was successfully repeated last spring and achieved an acceleration gradient of 25 billion electronvolts per meter, reaching the equivalent of half the energy the SLAC linac can attain.

    But many questions remain: Is plasma wakefield acceleration efficient? Can it be done routinely and reliably? Is the beam quality good enough? Can it accelerate positively charged positrons as well as negatively charged electrons? This last question is important if we are to use this technology to build an electron-positron collider for particle physics experiments – one of many important potential applications for miniaturized accelerators in science, industry and medicine.

    A powerful international collaboration of scientists from universities and national laboratories is working on all these questions in parallel, and it is on us to deliver a high-quality electron beam, generated in the first 2 kilometers of the SLAC linac, to drive these plasma wakefield experiments.”

    See the full article here.

    SLAC is a multi-program laboratory exploring frontier questions in photon science, astrophysics, particle physics and accelerator research. Located in Menlo Park, California, SLAC is operated by Stanford University for the DOE’s Office of Science.

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  • richardmitnick 1:29 pm on January 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    From SLAC Lab: “A Growth Spurt for X-ray Lasers” 

    January 17, 2013
    Glenn Roberts Jr.

    Four years after SLAC’s Linac Coherent Light Source opened, blazing new trails in studying ultrafast processes at the scale of atoms and molecules, the field of X-ray laser science is exploding. More than a dozen X-ray free-electron lasers, or XFELs, are now under construction or planned across the globe.

    Aerial photo of SLAC’s linac, with diagram of LCLS-II layout.

    SLAC Campus
    SLAC Campus

    Free-electron lasers, which were developed by Stanford University researchers in the 1970s, use bunches of electrons accelerated to nearly light speed to generate laser beams. They have the advantage of being highly tunable, so they can produce laser light in a wide range of wavelengths. And when tuned to produce X-rays, they are the brightest sources of X-ray light on the planet.

    XFELs have opened a new frontier in scientific exploration, allowing scientists to capture details of chemical reactions and other processes that transpire in millionths of billionths of a second. These studies have already achieved important milestones in determining protein structures, identifying the fundamental chemical processes at work in photosynthesis and unraveling mysteries in ‘superhot’ plasmas.”

    See the full article here.

    SLAC is a multi-program laboratory exploring frontier questions in photon science, astrophysics, particle physics and accelerator research. Located in Menlo Park, California, SLAC is operated by Stanford University for the DOE’s Office of Science.

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