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  • richardmitnick 12:49 pm on March 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From Fermilab Today: “Fermilab’s MicroBooNE begins detector construction” 

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

    Brad Hooker
    Friday, March 30, 2012

    “Fermilab’s neutrino experiment, MicroBooNE, is beginning the full construction phase for the detector, after DOE announced the official Critical Decision 3b approval on March 29.

    ‘This is a significant milestone for the MicroBooNE project,’ said project manager Gina Rameika, noting that the next step in the DOE CD process will be CD 4, which is approval to start operations, planned for mid-2014.

    In the last phase of the project, the MicroBooNE collaboration began acquiring precision-made parts for the detector from institutions like Brookhaven National Laboratory, Syracuse University and Yale University. Soon the team will begin assembling those pieces.

    The inner time projection chamber, which will provide three-dimensional reconstructions of neutrino events, will soon begin assembly within the DZero building, a former experiment hall for the Tevatron. When this is finished, the 33-foot-long TPC will slide into a cryostat-cooling chamber and move to its new housing at the Liquid Argon Test Facility, currently under construction at Fermilab. Once there, scientists will begin tracking neutrinos with liquid argon, allowing high sensitivity for the experiment.”

    The MicroBooNE experiment at Fermilab will detect neutrinos with a time projection chamber that holds about 100 tons of liquid argon cooled to minus 187 degrees Celsius. The TPC will be 12 meters long and have a width and height of 2.5 meters. Credit: Fermilab

    See the full article here.

    Wilson Hall

  • richardmitnick 8:04 pm on March 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From Symmetry/Breaking: “Scientists send encoded message through rock via neutrino beam” 

    March 14, 2012
    Kathryn Grim

    “Scientists recently proved possible a new way to converse when radio waves won’t do. For the first time, physicists and engineers have successfully transmitted a message using neutrinos…’It’s beginning to look more feasible,’ said electrical engineer Dan Stancil of North Carolina State University, who proposed the recent neutrino communication test as a side experiment at Fermilab’s MINERvA neutrino detector.

    Scientists used Fermilab’s MINERvA neutrino detector to decode a message in a neutrino beam. Image: Fermilab

    The 170-ton MINERvA detector was designed to study neutrino interactions in unprecedented detail, not to function as the receptor in a neutrino telegraph. But luckily for Stancil, the detector sits close to one of the most intense neutrino beams in the world, and that beam is pulsed. Using just over two hours of beam time, scientists were able to manipulate that pulse to convey a message: the word “neutrino.”

    See the full article here.


    Symmetrybreaking is a joint Fermilab/SLAC publication

  • richardmitnick 1:05 pm on January 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From Fermilab Today – The Director’s Corner: “Next step for the Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment” 

    Fermilab continues to be a great source of strength in the U.S. Basic Research Community.

    Fermilab Director Pier Oddone

    “The LBNE collaboration is now quite a formidable enterprise with over 300 collaborators from more than 60 institutions including six national laboratories, and it is growing. The project is very ambitious with a program to reach unprecedented sensitivity and precision for addressing the neutrino mass hierarchy, CP violation in neutrino mixing, the value of the mixing parameters including precision measurement of θ^13. While the primary goal of LBNE is to study neutrino oscillations it will also provide new capabilities to search for nucleon decay, observe neutrinos emitted by supernovae in our galaxy and beyond, and address other important topics in physics and astrophysics.”


    See the full post here.

  • richardmitnick 1:42 pm on November 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From Fermilab Today: “LBNE coming into focus” 

    Fermilab continues to be a great source of strength in the U.S. Basic Research Community.

    “As the Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment (LBNE) moves closer to its CD-1 review this coming spring, the project team has steadily honed its conceptual design to reduce cost while maintaining necessary functionality and safety features. The LBNE team plans to construct a beamline and near detector at Fermilab and a neutrino detector 1,300 km away in a former gold mine in Lead, South Dakota.”

    The selected beamline design details a proton beam, above ground level, running through a hill and to a ground-level target.
    See the full piece here.

  • richardmitnick 5:05 pm on October 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From Fermilab: “”We cannot allow this on our watch to slip away and go somewhere else,” 

    said Rep. Hultgren at Fermilab on underground science.

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

    “Representatives Randy Hultgren and Judy Biggert met at Fermilab on Sept. 28 to lead a discussion about the future of underground science and the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL).

    Under increasing pressure to tighten the federal budget, the Congress members asked how world-class particle physics research could be maintained, while providing the best value for taxpayers.

    ‘This program will bring major international participation to our shores and allow the U.S. to stay at the forefront of research in particle physics,’ said Pier Oddone, director of Fermilab.

    Oddone and others emphasized that the Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment (LBNE) will edge out a lead for the U.S. in the neutrino field, while taking advantage of the unique opportunity of having the perfect deep underground mine available in South Dakota. Oddone explained how LBNE will also create incentive for a new proton source, like Project X, which will effectively triple the power delivered to the experiment and keep Fermilab at the forefront of particle physics research.


    ‘This is the optimum site for hosting neutrino and dark matter experiments,’ said Kevin Lesko, the principal investigator of the DUSEL project.

    ‘The stars are aligned,’ [astrology at FNAL? How about a better phrase, someone might be listening.] he concluded. ‘We have all the pieces in place to make this happen, to have a very positive effect.’

    William Brinkman, director of DOE’s Office of Science, expressed support for the program but cautioned that a limited budget will dictate the outcome.

    ‘Failure is not an option,’ Hultgren said. ‘We cannot allow this on our watch to slip away and go somewhere else. We’re doing a lot but we need to do more. We need to reach out to more people and tell our story a little more effectively. These next months are pivotal for what’s going to happen in the next decades.’

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