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  • richardmitnick 10:17 am on October 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    From Symmetry: “A partnership turns to neutrinos” 

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    10/16/19
    Caitlyn Buongiorno

    A collaboration with fewer than 100 members has played an important role in Fermilab’s ongoing partnership with Latin American scientists and institutions.

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    Illustration by Sandbox Studio, Chicago with Pedro Rivas

    On the 12th floor of Wilson Hall, the central high-rise building at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory outside Chicago, sit the offices and cubicles occupied by members of the MINERvA collaboration.

    The MINERvA experiment—which studies how particles called neutrinos and their antimatter counterparts, antineutrinos, interact with different types of materials—finished collecting data in late February. But there is still analysis left to complete.

    Scientists at Fermilab use the MINERvA to make measurements of neutrino interactions that can support the work of other neutrino experiments. Photo Reidar Hahn

    The area is mostly quiet, but occasionally a conversation will carry down the hall, sometimes in English, sometimes in Spanish or Portuguese.

    About a third of the scientists who have participated in the experiment since its inception in 2002 have come from countries in Latin America. Collaborating institutions include Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP); the National University of Engineering in Peru; the Federico Santa María Technical University in Chile; the University of Guanajuato in Mexico; and the Brazilian Center for Research in Physics (CBPF). The Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Insititute (CINVESTAV) in Mexico also recently joined MINERvA. More than 45 students from those institutions have earned or are in the process of earning a degree on the experiment—and some have even earned more than one.

    The make-up of the experiment is in some ways a continuation of an effort begun by former Fermilab director and Nobel laureate Leon Lederman to reach out to physicists in Latin America. Most of the Latin American physicists who came to Fermilab in 1970s worked on accelerator-based experiments in specialized particle beam lines or at the laboratory’s particle collider, the Tevatron. Although many of them have moved on to similar experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, new generations of Latin American scientists are still coming to Fermilab, many of them to study neutrinos.

    The large contingent of Latin American scientists on the MINERvA neutrino experiment has added a bilingual component to communication at Fermilab, both in announcing new results and in speaking with potential future physicists. And although MINERvA’s detector operation has come to an end, the partnership between Latin American institutions and Fermilab in neutrino research has only begun.

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    Illustration by Sandbox Studio, Chicago with Pedro Rivas

    New life for an old partnership

    Neutrinos are the most abundant matter particles in the universe. The nuclear fusion that causes the sun and other stars to shine is constantly producing them, as are other nuclear and subatomic processes. Despite this abudance, neutrinos are difficult to study because they rarely interact with other matter, which makes them hard to detect. About 100 trillion neutrinos pass through each person every second, day and night.

    Physicist Wolfgang Pauli first postulated the existence of the neutrino in 1930 to explain an apparent anomaly in some types of nuclear decay. Since then scientists have learned much about these elusive partices.

    Neutrinos come in three types, called flavors. The 2015 Nobel Prize was split between two scientists from the Super-Kamiokande experiment in Japan and Sudbury Neutrino Observatory in Canada, who in 1998 and 2001 showed that neutrinos change flavors as they move through the universe.

    Super-Kamiokande experiment. located under Mount Ikeno near the city of Hida, Gifu Prefecture, Japan

    Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, , no longer operating

    The discovery had the surprising implication that neutrinos have at least a small amount of mass—something not predicted in the Standard Model of particle physics. Scientists still do not know where that mass comes from.

    Understanding neutrinos could answer important questions about our galaxy and the universe. Neutrinos could play a vital role in the explosions of supernovae, which help galaxies form. They could also have played a role in what our universe is made of: Although the Big Bang should have produced an equal amount of matter and antimatter, which should have annihilated one another completely, somehow we exist in a universe dominated by matter.

    The MINERvA experiment is an intermediate step, designed to answer the questions scientists need to ask before they can tackle those big mysteries: What happens when a neutrino interacts with the massive nucleus of an atom? What technology should scientists use to study these strange particles? What should they know about how they interact with different types of materials inside the detectors they might build? Prior to MINERvA, there was no experiment designed to use different materials placed in the same neutrino beamline to determine the best models of how neutrinos and antineutrinos interact with the nuclei of different atoms.

    Founding co-spokespersons Jorge Morfín and Kevin McFarland first proposed MINERvA in 2002. The experiment was approved for construction in 2007 with support from the US Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

    The MINERvA detector includes a series of hexagonal plates made of different solid materials and tanks of water and liquid helium, each one in the path of the neutrino beam. The active part of the detector is made of solid scintillator. Scientists built it at Fermilab about 100 meters underground, shielded from the interference of cosmic rays raining down from space, in the path of the world’s most intense beams of muon neutrinos and antineutrinos.

    Morfín appreciated Lederman’s early efforts to partner with scientists in Latin America and decided to pick up the mantle of keeping those relationships going. Going country by country in 2005, he reached out to the contacts he’d made through working on other experiments at Fermilab. Gradually he convinced a group of Latin American scientists to join MINERvA, and to bring their students with them.

    MINERvA started taking data in 2010. Over its nine years of operation, the experiment thoroughly mapped out neutrino interactions with polystyrene, carbon, iron, lead, water and helium.

    “The Latin American students and collaborators, analyzing an array of physics topics, have been essential in determining how neutrinos interact with these nuclei,” Morfín says. “And the benefits go both ways.”

    Taking part in this crucial step for future neutrino experiments has given students who started their careers on MINERvA a clear path forward.

    José Bazo, now an associate professor at PUCP, was one of the first students on MINERvA. When he and fellow students joined the collaboration, the detector was still under construction, so they spent a one-year stint performing simulations. These simulations tested different theoretical models of how the neutrinos fired at the MINERvA detector would collide, depending on the design of the neutrino beam.

    By joining MINERvA at the beginning, Bazo and his colleagues were able to shape how the experiment was set up.

    MINERvA has continued to provide foundational learning experiences like these for students throughout the years.

    Barbara Yaeggy of Chile’s Federico Santa María Technical University first joined the MINERvA collaboration in 2016. She says that at that time, she was overwhelmed. Prior to MINERvA, Yaeggy had only ever worked on theoretical physics, so she’d never had to consider the ins and outs of working with a real-life detector.

    “It took me a long time to feel like I had a good idea of what I was doing,” she says. “But eventually you realize that the senior scientists don’t expect you to be an expert. They want you to develop ideas, take action and ask questions.”

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    Illustration by Sandbox Studio, Chicago with Pedro Rivas

    Sharing the science

    In 2013 MINERvA released its first scientific result—with a twist. For the first time, a Fermilab experiment added a summary of its result written in Spanish. (MINERvA scientists now also write summaries in Portuguese.)

    “We wanted to make sure that the people in Latin America and Spanish-speakers in the US would get the important physics in their language,” Morfín says. “And the words are coming from Latin American students on MINERvA.”

    Those students have also been instrumental in reaching out to Spanish-speaking communities in the United States, near Fermilab.

    Since 2016 Fermilab scientist Minerba Betancourt, from Venezuela, has worked with an organization called “Dare to Dream” to bring middle school girls to Fermilab for an annual Latina STEM conference. These conferences enable the young girls to meet STEM professionals such as the students and scientists on MINERvA, who share their experiences through a Q&A, hands-on activities and a lab tour, given in Spanish.

    The tour enables the girls and their parents, who may not speak English, to easily follow along, says Betancourt, who began regularly speaking English herself only after arriving in the United States for graduate school. “Plus, they see us as an example,” she says of the parents. “They see how the girls can be in the future.”

    Betancourt sees it as an important opportunity for the young girls—and for the young scientists who work with them. The scientists are given the chance to teach and to practice their science communication skills.

    In 2017, Fermilab also began offering a biennial Spanish-language version of its monthly “Ask a Scientist” program, in which scientists volunteer to chat with visitors to the laboratory about their science.

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    Illustration by Sandbox Studio, Chicago with Pedro Rivas

    Continuing the trend

    MINERvA hasn’t been the only force drawing Latin American researchers to Fermilab. Around the same time that Morfín began approaching Latin American institutions to collaborate on MINERvA, Fermilab theorist Marcela Carena, from Argentina, began a student program in the Fermilab Theory Department. Since the program’s inception, 15 students from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Peru have gotten involved in theoretical physics at Fermilab.

    And even though the MINERvA experiment has finished collecting data, Latin American participation in neutrino research at Fermilab remains strong with the detectors that make up the lab’s Short Baseline Neutrino program (SBN) as well as the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), hosted by Fermilab.

    FNAL Short Baseline Neutrino Detector [SBND]

    FNAL LBNF/DUNE from FNAL to SURF, Lead, South Dakota, USA

    Scientists on SBN will use three detectors, placed at locations within 600 meters from the source of Fermilab’s second neutrino beamline, to study how neutrinos oscillate. Data collected by SBN will help scientists determine whether there are actually more than three types of neutrino, as some previous experiments have hinted.

    Mexico’s Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute has joined the SBN collaboration. And Betancourt says she is encouraging members of the MINERvA collaboration to join as well. “I find the start of an experiment to be the most exciting,” she says. “And SBN will begin within the next year.”

    Building the detectors for SBN will also help scientists prepare for Fermilab’s upcoming flagship experiment, DUNE.

    DUNE will study the properties of neutrinos using a new Fermilab neutrino beamline and detectors placed both at a short distance, similar to SBN, and at a much longer one: DUNE’s “far detectors” will be located 1300 kilometers (about 800 miles) away from the laboratory in a former mine turned high-tech underground laboratory called the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, South Dakota.

    SURF-Sanford Underground Research Facility, Lead, South Dakota, USA

    SURF DUNE LBNF Caverns at Sanford Lab

    The four far detector modules, each 62 meters long and as high as a five-story building, will be the largest neutrino detectors ever built in the United States.

    All of the Latin America-based institutions involved with MINERvA have already signed on to participate. “DUNE is now the fruit of all these efforts,” Morfín says. “There is now a concerted effort within Latin American countries to fully contribute to the success of DUNE.”

    Perhaps among the young scientists who participate in SBN and DUNE will be the future advocates who will keep the relationships between Fermilab and Latin American institutions alive for generations to come.

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  • richardmitnick 9:14 am on October 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: "LBNF completes upgrade to Far Site’s underground ventilation system", , FNAL LBNF/ DUNE, ,   

    From Sanford Underground Research Facility: “LBNF completes upgrade to Far Site’s underground ventilation system” 

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    Upgrades to the Oro Hondo Fan undertaken in preparation for LBNF construction and, ultimately, DUNE science.

    September 27, 2019
    Erin Broberg

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    A crane lowers the prefabricated E-House containing the new Variable Frequency Drive onto a concrete slab near the Oro Hondo Shaft along Kirk Road, with the Sanford Underground Research Facility’s Ross Headframe in the background. Photo courtesy Joshua Willhite, Fermilab

    Several projects are underway at Sanford Underground Research Facility (Sanford Lab) to improve the reliability of the facility’s infrastructure. Crews are improving the facility for its role as the Far Site for Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory’s Long Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF) , which will house the largest physics experiment on United States soil: The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) [below].

    The LBNF project recently completed an upgrade of the Oro Hondo Fan, replacing its variable frequency drive (VFD). The Oro Hondo Fan is the main ventilation fan for the underground facility and is located on the surface along Kirk Road near Lead. This upgrade, completed with the support of Sanford Lab and four local contractors, ensures dependable ventilation in the underground spaces at Sanford Lab.

    “This project puts a modern, reliable VFD in control of the Oro Hondo Fan’s motor,” said Mike Headley, executive director of Sanford Lab.

    The project included the removal of the former VFD and the stick-built structure that housed it. These were replaced by a prefabricated Electrical House (E-House) and VFD, specifically designed for use at the Oro Hondo Shaft.

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    This prefabricated E-House contains a new Variable Frequency Drive which will control power to the Oro Hondo Fan. This is the primary fan for underground ventilation at the Sanford Underground Research Facility, the Far Site for the Long Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF), which will house the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE). Photo courtesy Joshua Willhite, Fermilab

    At Sanford Lab, air comes underground via the Yates and Ross Shafts and is drawn horizontally and vertically through a matrix of underground passageways or drifts. The air current is then drawn up to the surface through the two exhaust shafts, the Oro Hondo Shaft and #5 Shaft. When exhaust fans spin in the Oro Hondo Shaft and #5 Shaft, they draw fresh air through this underground circuit.

    As the main exhaust shaft for Sanford Lab’s underground ventilation system, the Oro Hondo Shaft’s fan is responsible for most of the underground’s fresh air current. The new VFD is connected to a 3,000 horsepower AC motor and will draw an average of 220,000 cubic feet of fresh air per minute through the Oro Hondo Shaft alone.

    Josh Willhite, Fermilab’s LBNF conventional facilities manager for the work in South Dakota, explained that this upgrade increases the reliability of the underground ventilation system; such dependability is critical for future LBNF excavation and construction, as well as DUNE science.

    “With the use of diesel-powered excavation equipment, followed by world class science underground, we need to make sure there is no preventable disruption to airflow or to our work,” said Willhite.

    “Other experiments will benefit from this upgrade as well as it pulls in more fresh air through these ventilation systems,” said Headley.

    Local contractors, including Border States Electric, RCS Construction, Muth Electric and Elite Industrial, participated in the upgrade project.

    “As is always the case when coordinating these efforts with Sanford Lab, the coordination and integration of all parties has been very good,” said Willhite.

    DUNE, which is hosted by Fermilab, will consist of two neutrino detectors placed in the world’s most intense neutrino beam. One detector will record particle interactions near the source of the beam, at Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois.

    FNAL DUNE Near Detector

    A second, much larger, detector will be installed more than a kilometer underground at Sanford Lab—1,300 kilometers downstream of the source. These detectors will enable scientists to search for new subatomic phenomena and potentially transform our understanding of neutrinos and their role in the universe.

    The Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility will provide the neutrino beamline and the infrastructure that will support the DUNE detectors. Funding for the LBNF construction prep work comes from the Department of Energy Office of Science.

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    The Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, South Dakota, advances our understanding of the universe by providing laboratory space deep underground, where sensitive physics experiments can be shielded from cosmic radiation. Researchers at the Sanford Lab explore some of the most challenging questions facing 21st century physics, such as the origin of matter, the nature of dark matter and the properties of neutrinos. The facility also hosts experiments in other disciplines—including geology, biology and engineering.

    The Sanford Lab is located at the former Homestake gold mine, which was a physics landmark long before being converted into a dedicated science facility. Nuclear chemist Ray Davis earned a share of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2002 for a solar neutrino experiment he installed 4,850 feet underground in the mine.

    Homestake closed in 2003, but the company donated the property to South Dakota in 2006 for use as an underground laboratory. That same year, philanthropist T. Denny Sanford donated $70 million to the project. The South Dakota Legislature also created the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority to operate the lab. The state Legislature has committed more than $40 million in state funds to the project, and South Dakota also obtained a $10 million Community Development Block Grant to help rehabilitate the facility.

    In 2007, after the National Science Foundation named Homestake as the preferred site for a proposed national Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL), the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority (SDSTA) began reopening the former gold mine.

    In December 2010, the National Science Board decided not to fund further design of DUSEL. However, in 2011 the Department of Energy, through the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, agreed to support ongoing science operations at Sanford Lab, while investigating how to use the underground research facility for other longer-term experiments. The SDSTA, which owns Sanford Lab, continues to operate the facility under that agreement with Berkeley Lab.

    The first two major physics experiments at the Sanford Lab are 4,850 feet underground in an area called the Davis Campus, named for the late Ray Davis. The Large Underground Xenon (LUX) experiment is housed in the same cavern excavated for Ray Davis’s experiment in the 1960s.

    LBNL LZ project at SURF, Lead, SD, USA, will replace LUX at SURF

    In October 2013, after an initial run of 80 days, LUX was determined to be the most sensitive detector yet to search for dark matter—a mysterious, yet-to-be-detected substance thought to be the most prevalent matter in the universe. The Majorana Demonstrator experiment, also on the 4850 Level, is searching for a rare phenomenon called “neutrinoless double-beta decay” that could reveal whether subatomic particles called neutrinos can be their own antiparticle. Detection of neutrinoless double-beta decay could help determine why matter prevailed over antimatter. The Majorana Demonstrator experiment is adjacent to the original Davis cavern.

    LUX’s mission was to scour the universe for WIMPs, vetoing all other signatures. It would continue to do just that for another three years before it was decommissioned in 2016.

    In the midst of the excitement over first results, the LUX collaboration was already casting its gaze forward. Planning for a next-generation dark matter experiment at Sanford Lab was already under way. Named LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ), the next-generation experiment would increase the sensitivity of LUX 100 times.

    SLAC physicist Tom Shutt, a previous co-spokesperson for LUX, said one goal of the experiment was to figure out how to build an even larger detector.
    “LZ will be a thousand times more sensitive than the LUX detector,” Shutt said. “It will just begin to see an irreducible background of neutrinos that may ultimately set the limit to our ability to measure dark matter.”
    We celebrate five years of LUX, and look into the steps being taken toward the much larger and far more sensitive experiment.

    Another major experiment, the Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment (LBNE)—a collaboration with Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) and Sanford Lab, is in the preliminary design stages. The project got a major boost last year when Congress approved and the president signed an Omnibus Appropriations bill that will fund LBNE operations through FY 2014. Called the “next frontier of particle physics,” LBNE will follow neutrinos as they travel 800 miles through the earth, from FermiLab in Batavia, Ill., to Sanford Lab.

    FNAL LBNE/DUNE from FNAL to SURF, Lead, South Dakota, USA


    LBNE

    U Washington Majorana Demonstrator Experiment at SURF

    The MAJORANA DEMONSTRATOR will contain 40 kg of germanium; up to 30 kg will be enriched to 86% in 76Ge. The DEMONSTRATOR will be deployed deep underground in an ultra-low-background shielded environment in the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in Lead, SD. The goal of the DEMONSTRATOR is to determine whether a future 1-tonne experiment can achieve a background goal of one count per tonne-year in a 4-keV region of interest around the 76Ge 0νββ Q-value at 2039 keV. MAJORANA plans to collaborate with GERDA for a future tonne-scale 76Ge 0νββ search.

    CASPAR at SURF


    CASPAR is a low-energy particle accelerator that allows researchers to study processes that take place inside collapsing stars.

    The scientists are using space in the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in Lead, South Dakota, to work on a project called the Compact Accelerator System for Performing Astrophysical Research (CASPAR). CASPAR uses a low-energy particle accelerator that will allow researchers to mimic nuclear fusion reactions in stars. If successful, their findings could help complete our picture of how the elements in our universe are built. “Nuclear astrophysics is about what goes on inside the star, not outside of it,” said Dan Robertson, a Notre Dame assistant research professor of astrophysics working on CASPAR. “It is not observational, but experimental. The idea is to reproduce the stellar environment, to reproduce the reactions within a star.”

     
  • richardmitnick 12:37 pm on August 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    From FNAL via Symmetry: “Powered by pixels” 

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    Lauren Biron

    An innovative use of pixel technology is making liquid-argon neutrino detectors even better.

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    Dan Dwyer and Sam Kohn

    It’s 2019. We want our cell phones fast, our computers faster and screens so crisp they rival a morning in the mountains. We’re a digital society, and blurry photos from potato-cameras won’t cut it for the masses. Physicists, it turns out, aren’t any different — and they want that same sharp snap from their neutrino detectors.

    Cue ArgonCube: a prototype detector under development that’s taking a still-burgeoning technology to new heights with a plan to capture particle tracks worthy of that 4K TV. The secret at its heart? It’s all about the pixels.

    But let’s take two steps back. Argon is an element that makes up about 1 percent of that sweet air you’re breathing. Over the past several decades, the liquid form of argon has grown into the medium of choice for neutrino detectors. Neutrinos are those pesky fundamental particles that rarely interact with anything but could be the key to understanding why there’s so much matter in the universe.

    Big detectors full of cold, dense argon provide lots of atomic nuclei for neutrinos to bump into and interact with — especially when accelerator operators are sending beams containing trillions of the little things. When the neutrinos interact, they create showers of other particles and lights that the electronics in the detector capture and transform into images.

    Each image is a snapshot that captures an interaction by one of the most mysterious, flighty, elusive particles out there; a particle that caused Wolfgang Pauli, upon proposing it in 1930, to lament that he thought experimenters would never be able to detect it.

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    Scientists are testing the ArgonCube technology in a prototype constructed at the University of Bern in Switzerland. James Sinclair
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    Current state-of-the-art liquid-argon neutrino detectors — big players like MicroBooNE, ICARUS and ProtoDUNE — use wires to capture the electrons knocked loose by neutrino interactions.

    FNAL/MicrobooNE

    FNAL/ICARUS

    Cern ProtoDune


    CERN Proto Dune

    Vast planes of thousands of wires crisscross the detectors, each set collecting coordinates that are combined by algorithms into 3-D reconstructions of a neutrino’s interaction.

    These setups are effective, well-understood and a great choice for big projects — and you don’t get much bigger than the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment hosted by Fermilab.

    FNAL LBNF/DUNE from FNAL to SURF, Lead, South Dakota, USA


    SURF-Sanford Underground Research Facility, Lead, South Dakota, USA

    DUNE will examine how the three known types of neutrinos change as they travel long distances, further exploring a phenomenon called neutrino oscillations. Scientists will send trillions of neutrinos from Fermilab every second on a 1,300-kilometer journey through the earth — no tunnel needed — to South Dakota. DUNE will use wire chambers in some of the four enormous far detector modules, each one holding more than 17,000 tons of liquid argon.

    But scientists also need to measure the beam of neutrinos as it leaves Fermilab, where the DUNE near detector will be close to the neutrino source and see more interactions.

    “We expect the beam to be so intense that you will have a dozen neutrino interactions per beam pulse, and these will all overlap within your detector,” says Dan Dwyer, a scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who works on ArgonCube. Trying to disentangle a huge number of events using the 2-D wire imaging is a challenge. “The near detector will be a new range of complexity.”

    And new complexity, in this case, means developing a new kind of liquid-argon detector.

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    This rough diagram of an ArgonCube detector module was drawn by Knut Skarpaas. James Sinclair.

    Pixel me this

    People had thought about making a pixelated detector before, but it never got off the ground.

    “This was a dream,” says Antonio Ereditato, father of the ArgonCube collaboration and a scientist at the University of Bern in Switzerland. “We developed this original idea in Bern, and it was clear that it could fly only with the proper electronics. Without it, this would have been just wishful thinking. Our colleagues from Berkeley had just what was required.”

    Pixels are small, and neutrino detectors aren’t. You can fit roughly 100,000 pixels per square meter. Each one is a unique channel that — once it is outfitted with electronics — can provide information about what’s happening in the detector. To be sensitive enough, the tiny electronics need to sit right next to the pixels inside the liquid argon. But that poses a challenge.

    “If they used even the power from your standard electronics, your detector would just boil,” Dwyer says. And a liquid-argon detector only works when the argon remains … well, liquid.

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    Dan Dwyer points out features of the pixelated electronics. Roman Berner.

    So Dwyer and ASIC engineer Carl Grace at Berkeley Lab proposed a new approach: What if they left each pixel dormant?

    “When the signal arrives at the pixel, it wakes up and says, ‘Hey, there’s a signal here,’” Dwyer explains. “Then it records the signal, sends it out and goes back to sleep. We were able to drastically reduce the amount of power.”

    At less than 100 microwatts per pixel, this solution seemed like a promising design that wouldn’t turn the detector into a tower of gas. They pulled together a custom prototype circuit and started testing. The new electronics design worked.

    The first test was a mere 128 pixels, but things scaled quickly. The team started working on the pixel challenge in December 2016. By January 2018 they had traveled with their chips to Switzerland, installed them in the liquid-argon test detector built by the Bern scientists and collected their first 3-D images of cosmic rays.

    For the upcoming installation at Fermilab, collaborators will need even more electronics. The next step is to work with manufacturers in industry to commercially fabricate the chips and readout boards that will sustain around half a million pixels. And Dwyer has received a Department of Energy Early Career Award to continue his research on the pixel electronics, complementing the Swiss SNSF grant for the Bern group.

    “We’re trying to do this on a very aggressive schedule — it’s another mad dash,” Dwyer says. “We’ve put together a really great team on ArgonCube and done a great job of showing we can make this technology work for the DUNE near detector. And that’s important for the physics, at the end of the day.”

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    Samuel Kohn, Gael Flores, and Dan Dwyer work on ArgonCube technology at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
    Marilyn Chung, LBNL

    More innovations ahead

    While the pixel-centered electronics of ArgonCube stand out, they aren’t the only technological innovations that scientists are planning to implement for the upcoming near detector of DUNE. There’s research and development on a new kind of light detection system and new technology to shape the electric field that draws the signal to the electronics. And, of course, there are the modules.

    Most liquid-argon detectors use a large container filled with the argon and not too much else. The signals drift long distances through the fluid to the long wires strung across one side of the detector. But ArgonCube is going for something much more modular, breaking the detector up into smaller units still contained within the surrounding cryostat. This has certain perks: The signal doesn’t have to travel as far, the argon doesn’t have to be as pure for the signal to reach its destination, and scientists could potentially retrieve and repair individual modules if required.

    “It’s a little more complicated than the typical, wire-based detector,” says Min Jeong Kim, who leads the team at Fermilab working on the cryogenics and will be involved with the mechanical integration of the ArgonCube prototype test stand. “We have to figure out how these modules will interface with the cryogenic system.”

    That means figuring out everything from filling the detector with liquid argon and maintaining the right pressure during operation to properly filtering impurities from the argon and circulating the fluid around (and through) the modules to maintain an even temperature distribution.

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    Researchers assemble components in the test detector at the University of Bern.
    James Sinclair

    The ArgonCube prototype under assembly at the University of Bern will run until the end of the year before being shipped to Fermilab and installed 100 meters underground, making it the first large prototype for DUNE sent to Fermilab and tested with neutrinos. After working out its kinks, researchers can finalize the design and build the full ArgonCube detector.

    Additional instrumentation and components such as a gas-argon chamber and a beam spectrometer will round out the near detector.

    It’s an exciting time for the 100-some physicists from 23 institutions working on ArgonCube — and for the more than 1,000 neutrino physicists from over 30 countries working on DUNE. What started as wishful thinking has become a reality — and no one knows how far the pixel technology might go.

    Ereditato even dreams of replacing the design of one of the four massive DUNE far detector modules with a pixelated version. But one thing at a time, he says.

    “Right now we’re concentrating on building the best possible near detector for DUNE,” Ereditato says. “It’s been a long path, with many people involved, but the liquid-argon technology is still young. ArgonCube technology is the proof that the technique has the potential to perform even better in the future.”

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  • richardmitnick 2:37 pm on May 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    From University of Chicago: “How an episode of ‘Chopped’ led to a fix for future particle accelerators” 

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    Fermilab scientist designs innovative spun-sugar electrospinning technique.


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    In electrospinning, a positive charge is applied to liquidized material to create thin strands that eventually harden into a solid, fibrous material. Photo by Reidar Hahn

    Bob Zwaska, a scientist at the UChicago-affiliated Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, was watching a contestant on the cooking show Chopped spin sugar for their dessert when he realized the same principle might be applicable to accelerator targets.

    The technique he spun out of the idea could hugely boost the power at which future particle accelerators could operate—helping us unlock the secrets of how our universe is built.

    One of the ways particle accelerators produce particles is by firing particle beams at targets. These targets are stationary, solid blocks of material, such as graphite or beryllium. When the beam collides with the target, it produces a spray of particles that can inform scientists about the fundamental building blocks of the universe.

    For example, the pioneering international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, or DUNE, an experiment hosted by Fermilab and developed in collaboration with more than 170 institutions worldwide, seeks to understand why matter exists in the universe by unlocking the mysteries of ghostly particles called neutrinos.

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    But the experiment is limited by how much the targets can handle; to solve these mysteries, the accelerator beam used by DUNE needs to reach a power of at least 1.2 megawatts—twice the amount current targets can handle.

    The point of collision between the beam and the target—an area significantly smaller than the target itself, varying between the size of an ant and the graphite in a mechanical pencil—as rapidly and repeatedly heated to above 500 degrees Celsius. This heat causes that tiny area to try to expand, but because the currently used targets are solid, there’s no room for expansion. Instead, the hot spot pushes against the surrounding area over and over again, like a jackhammer. This has the potential to damage the target.

    When you dive into a pool, your collision with the water causes waves to ripple across the surface. When the waves reach the edge of the pool, they will rebound and cross over other waves, either destroying each other or combining to make a larger wave. In a pool, if a wave gets too large, the water can simply splash over the edge. In a solid target, however, if a wave gets too big, the material will crack.

    At the Fermilab particle accelerator’s current beam intensities, this isn’t a problem, because targets can withstand the resulting waves for a long time. As Fermilab upgrades its accelerator complex and the intensity increases, that endurance time drops drastically.

    “Worldwide, there is a push for higher-intensity machines to create rare particles. These targets have sometimes been the sole limiting factor in the performance of such facilities,” Zwaska said. “So, to research areas of new physics, we have to be pushing for new technologies to confront this problem.”

    A new spin

    Tasked with coming up with an alternative target to use in high-powered accelerators, like the ones that will send beam to DUNE, Zwaska envisioned a target that consists of many twists and turns to prevent any wave buildup. This sinuous target would also be strong and solid at the microscale.

    He first tested graphite ropes, 3-D-printed fibers, and mostly hollow, reticulated solids before he stumbled upon the spun-sugar concept, which led him to electrospinning.

    First proposed in the early 1900s to produce thinner artificial silk, electrospinning has been used for air filtration in cars, wound dressing and pharmaceutical drugs. Like spinning sugar, electrospinning involves using a liquidized material to create thin strands that eventually harden into the desired structure. Instead of heating the liquid, electrospinning applies a positive charge to it. The charge on the liquid creates an attraction between it and a neutral plate, placed some distance away. This attraction stretches the material towards the plate, creating a solid, fibrous material.

    For accelerator targets, specialists turn metal or ceramic into a solid but porous material that consists of thousands of fiber strands less than a micrometer in diameter. That’s less than a hundredth the thickness of an average human hair, and about a third of a spider’s webbing.

    When the particle beam collides with an electrospun target, the fibers won’t propagate any waves. The lack of potentially material-damaging waves means that these targets can withstand much higher beam intensity.

    Instead of a pool, imagine you jump into a ball pit. Your collision will disrupt the arrangement of the balls immediately around you but leave the surrounding ones alone. The electrospun target acts the same way. The process leaves space between each fiber, allowing the fibers to expand uniformly, avoiding the jackhammer effect.

    Targeting better systems

    While this new technology potentially solves many of the issues with current targets, it has its own obstacles to overcome. Typically, the process to make an electrospun target takes days, with experts frequently having to stop to correct complications in the way the material accumulates.

    Sujit Bidhar, a postdoctoral researcher at Fermilab, is trying to address these issues. Bidhar is developing and testing methods that increase the number of fiber spin-off points that form at a single time, produce a thicker nanofiber target, and decrease the amount of electricity needed to create the positive charge. These advancements would both speed up and simplify the process.

    While he’s still trying different electrospinning techniques, Bidhar has already developed a new patent-pending electrospinning system, including a novel power supply.

    Bidhar’s electrospinning unit is more compact, more lightweight, simpler and cheaper than most conventional units.

    It’s also much safer to use due to its limited output power. Present commercial power supplies put out an amount of electric power that far exceeds what is needed to make electrospun targets. Bidhar’s power supply unit reduces the electric power output and overall unit size by half, which also makes it safer to use.

    “Medical personnel would be able to use this power supply to create biodegradable wound dressings in remote and mobile locations, without a bulky and high-voltage unit,” Bidhar said.

    Electrospun targets, like Bidhar’s power supply, could innovate the future of particle physics accelerators, allowing experiments such as DUNE to reach higher levels of beam intensity. These higher intensity beams will aid scientists in solving the enduring mysteries of astrophysics, nuclear physics and particle physics.

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    From Fermi National Accelerator Lab: “MINERvA successfully completes its physics run” 

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    On Feb. 26, a crowd of engineers, technicians and analysts crowded around a computer screen as Fermilab scientist Deborah Harris pressed “stop” on the data collection for the MINERvA neutrino experiment.

    “We’re all just really excited by what we’ve accomplished,” said Harris, MINERvA co-spokesperson and future professor at York University. “The detector worked wonderfully, we collected the data we need, and we did it on schedule.”

    MINERvA studies how neutrinos and their antimatter twins, antineutrinos, interact with the nuclei of different atoms. Scientists use that data to help discover the best models of these interactions. Now, after nine years of operation, the data taking has come to an end, but the analysis will continue for a while. MINERvA scientists have published more than 30 scientific papers so far, with more to come. As of today, 58 students have obtained their master’s or Ph.D. degrees doing research with this experiment.

    Neutrinos could hold the answer to one of the most pressing mysteries in physics: why matter was not completely annihilated by antimatter after the Big Bang. That imbalance from 13.7 billion years ago led the universe to develop into what we see today. Studying neutrinos (and antineutrinos) could uncover the mystery and help us understand why we are here at all.

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    The MINERvA collaboration gathers to celebrate the end of data taking. MINERvA co-spokesperson Laura Fields, kneeling at center, holds a 3-D-printed model of the MINERvA neutrino detector. Photo: Reidar Hahn

    A number of neutrino experiments investigate this mystery, including Fermilab’s NOvA experiment and the upcoming international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, hosted by Fermilab.

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    To be as successful as possible, these experiments need precise models that describe what happens before and after a neutrino collides with an atom.

    Every time a neutrino collides with part of an atom inside a detector, a spray of new particles flies off and travels through the rest of the detector. In order to understand the nuances of neutrinos, scientists need to know the energy of the neutrino when it first enters the detector and the energy of all the particles produced after the interaction. This task is complicated by the fact that some of the outgoing particles are invisible to the detector — and must still be accounted for.

    Imagine you’re playing pool and you shoot the cue ball at another ball. You can easily predict where that second ball will go. That prediction, however, gets much more complex when your cue ball strikes a collection of balls. After the break shot, they scatter in all directions, and it’s hard to predict where each will go. The same thing is true when a neutrino interacts with a lone particle: You can easily predict where the lone ball will go. But when a neutrino interacts with an atom’s nucleus — a collection of protons and neutrons — the calculation is much more difficult because, like the pool balls, particles may go off in many different directions.

    “It’s actually worse than that,” said Kevin McFarland, former MINERvA co-spokesperson and professor of physics at the University of Rochester. “All the balls in the break shot are also connected by springs.”

    MINERvA provides a neutrino-nucleus interaction guidebook for neutrino researchers. The experiment measured neutrino interactions with polystyrene, carbon, iron, lead, water and helium. Without MINERvA’s findings, researchers at other experiments would have a much tougher time understanding the outcomes of these interactions and how to interpret their data.

    “I really am proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish so far,” said Laura Fields, Fermilab scientist and co-spokesperson for MINERvA. “Already the world has a much greater understanding of these interactions.”

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    From Fermi National Accelerator Lab: “Waiting for neutrinos” 

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    March 26, 2019
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    On Feb. 24, 1987, light from a supernova that exploded 168,000 years ago in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a neighbor of the Milky Way, reached Earth.

    Large Magellanic Cloud. Adrian Pingstone December 2003

    Astronomers Ian Shelton and Oscar Duhalde at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile first reported the supernova, called SN 1987A (or simply 87A), which was one of the brightest in nearly four centuries.

    SN1987a fromNASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope in Jan. 2017 using its Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3).

    Carnegie Las Campanas Observatory in the southern Atacama Desert of Chile in the Atacama Region approximately 100 kilometres (62 mi) northeast of the city of La Serena,near the southern end and over 2,500 m (8,200 ft) high

    A supernova such as 87A occurs when a star many times larger than our sun runs out of fuel in its core. At this point, the core is made of iron, and its fate hinges on the battle between two forces: Gravity tries to collapse it while electrons effectively repel each other, thanks to the Pauli exclusion principle, a quantum-mechanical effect. For a while, equilibrium is maintained, but the mass of the iron core keeps increasing, because of nuclear burning in the shell above it. Eventually, the core mass reaches a critical value called the Chandrasekhar limit, and the relentless pull of gravity wins. The core collapses on itself in near free fall, and a shockwave forms around it. Heated by the energy of escaping neutrinos, the shockwave ejects the outer layers of the star in a catastrophic blast that can briefly shine more brightly than entire galaxies. After losing its energy to neutrino emission, the core finally settles into what is known as a neutron star, effectively a giant nucleus made primarily of neutrons.

    By the time Duhalde and Shelton saw light from 87A, three neutrino detectors around the world had already picked up evidence of the supernova. Most of the energy released in a supernova is emitted as neutrinos, nearly massless subatomic particles that react rarely with ordinary matter. Because they are so weakly interacting, neutrinos can slip out of the envelope of a collapsing supernova hours before particles of light, which ride the explosion’s shockwave, are ejected.

    Neutrinos produced by 87A arrived on Earth just before the light from the explosion did. Irvine-Michigan-Brookhaven (IMB), a neutrino observatory in Ohio on the shore of Lake Erie, detected eight neutrino events.

    Irvine–Michigan–Brookhaven (detector) located in a Morton Salt company’s Fairport mine on the shore of Lake Erie in the United States 600 meters underground

    Baksan Neutrino Observatory in Russia detected five more, and Kamiokande II, a neutrino detector deep underground in a Japanese mine, saw 11.

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    It was the first time that neutrinos from a supernova had been detected – although the neutrino scientists didn’t realize it until after Duhalde and Shelton announced their observation. They found the neutrino events in their data only when they looked for them upon hearing the news about the supernova.

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    A supernova is born when the burnt out stellar core collapses, releasing a shockwave, which speeds toward the outer layers of the star. Most of the energy released in a supernova is emitted as neutrinos, nearly massless subatomic particles that react rarely with ordinary matter. Image: Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics

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    Something incredible waiting to be known?

    More than 30 years later, scientists are building the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), hosted by Fermilab.

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    SURF DUNE LBNF Caverns at Sanford Lab

    Its 70,000-ton liquid-argon detector will be located almost a mile underground at Sanford Underground Research Facility [SURF] in South Dakota, waiting for another burst of supernova neutrinos to arrive.

    The discovery would portend a new exploding star somewhere in the Milky Way.

    Kate Scholberg, a particle physicist at Duke University, says supernova neutrinos could teach us a lot about supernovae and particle physics if we detect them the next time an event like 87A occurs. That’s because the neutrinos carry information about the supernova with them as they travel across space. The signals the neutrinos make in particle detectors like DUNE would allow physicists to draw conclusions about the conditions in which the neutrinos were made and provide evidence for the fate of the exploding star.

    “You can actually see the processes that are happening in real time as the neutron star is being born,” said Scholberg, who studies neutrinos as part of DUNE.

    These processes could point to new physics. For example, if exotic particles are produced in a supernova, traces of their existence would be apparent in the signal made by the neutrinos. That’s because physicists can calculate the total energy produced by a supernova, and they can estimate how much of it was emitted as neutrinos from the measurement. If the total energy detected doesn’t add up to the total expected, it could hint at new particles being produced.

    “The detection of a supernova in 1987 from Kamiokande was, to me, one of the most impressive detections for particle physics,” said Inés Gil Botella, a scientist at Spain’s Center for Energy, Environment and Technology, or CIEMAT, and one of the leads on DUNE’s supernova search. “It opened a way to understanding the universe through particles other than photons. This new multimessenger era of astrophysics really started with the detection of supernova neutrinos.”

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    A supernova’s shockwave ejects the outer layers of the star in a catastrophic blast that can briefly shine more brightly than entire galaxies. Image: NASA

    The DUNE dimension

    While detectors captured only 24 of the neutrinos emitted from 87A, hundreds of peer-reviewed papers were published as a result of the discovery and subsequent research. When DUNE is completed, it could see far more neutrinos and contribute to a similar – and entirely novel – flurry of research.

    “DUNE has several capabilities that are truly unique among all large neutrino detectors when it comes to studies of supernova neutrinos,” said Steven Gardiner, a Fermilab scientist who works on simulating what occurs when a supernova neutrino enters a detector.

    DUNE is different from Cherenkov detectors such as Kamiokande in several ways, including that it uses liquid argon instead of water as the target medium. Liquid-argon detectors spot neutrinos when they collide with argon nuclei. Argon’s nucleus is composed of protons and neutrons that are arranged in various energy states. When a neutrino collides with an argon nucleus, a proton or neutron in a lower energy state can be elevated to a higher energy state and lead to the emission of particles from the argon nucleus via its de-excitation. Some of these particles can be observed by the detector.

    “When the nucleus de-excites, a few different things can happen,” Gardiner said. “The nucleus can emit gamma rays, neutrons, protons or heavier nuclear fragments. You can potentially see gamma rays in liquid argon, because they’ll scatter electrons in the argon, and you’ll see little blips that come from them.”

    Cherenkov detectors, which look primarily for electron antineutrinos striking bare protons, can’t reconstruct gamma rays with as much detail as liquid-argon detectors can.

    Because of the complicated nature of the energy reconstruction, it’s quite a challenge to reconstruct supernova neutrino events in a liquid-argon detector. Gardiner is currently building computer simulations that can model the various signatures that can occur when a neutrino interacts with the liquid argon in DUNE.

    “The difficulty is, because you have so many argon excited states available, you have all sorts of different signatures that could be produced in your detector,” he said. “And you have to deal with that level of complexity to fully reconstruct the energy from a neutrino collision.”

    Then there’s the challenge of teasing out the signal from the noise. Supernova neutrinos carry far less energy than, say, neutrinos produced by a particle accelerator, so the signals they produce in the argon are weaker. Unearthing these low-energy interactions requires both a sensitive detector and a knowledge of the interaction’s various signatures.

    “High-energy neutrinos are easier to detect, and their interactions are well-known. We know how they behave,” Gil Botella said. “But at these low, supernova-neutrino energies, the interactions with argon are not very well-known. We don’t have much experimental data to say what happens when a low-energy neutrino interacts with argon.”

    And scientists at the world’s other neutrino projects are looking to change that, planning experiments that would paint a clearer picture of low-energy neutrinos.

    “Studying neutrinos is a tricky business, and we have more work to do, but DUNE’s technological capabilities make those challenges far more tractable,” Gardiner said. “The physics payoffs will be huge. If we’re going to tackle these questions, DUNE is a good way to do it.”

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    DUNE could also help inform our understanding of neutrino oscillation in a way that other detectors cannot. In Cherenkov detectors, the signal is produced mostly by electron antineutrinos interacting with water molecules. Conversely, liquid argon also samples electron neutrinos from the supernova’s ejecta.

    “We need both electron neutrinos and antineutrinos to disentangle oscillation scenarios,” said Alex Friedland, a particle physicist and senior staff scientist at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in California. DUNE, because it will be the only detector that can see electron neutrinos, adds a missing piece to that puzzle.

    Neutrinos oscillate between three flavors (electron, muon or tau) as they move through space. Physicists have studied neutrino oscillations in neutrinos produced in the sun, in ­­Earth’s atmosphere, from nuclear reactors and in high-energy particle beams created by particle accelerators. But they haven’t been able to study them in supernovae, where the number of neutrinos produced is simply off the charts compared to other sources.

    “This is the ultimate intensity frontier,” Friedland said. “Nature does it for us, so we just have to take advantage of that. The supernova is a laboratory on the other side of the galaxy. It carries out experiments, and we ‘just’ have to build the detector and make a measurement. Of course, it’s useful to keep in mind that this measurement ‘just’ happens to be one of the most challenging tasks that DUNE, the most advanced neutrino detector ever built, will undertake.”

    Neutrino oscillation typically describes a single particle changing flavors, but under the right circumstances — such as in a collapsing supernova — many neutrinos can oscillate collectively.

    “Collective oscillation means that you have neutrinos that go through the background of other neutrinos, and a flavor state of a given neutrino knows about what all the other neutrinos that it passes are doing in terms of flavor,” Friedland said.

    With enough neutrino signals – which a detector such as the giant DUNE could amass – physicists can reconstruct the energy spectrum of the electron neutrinos arriving at Earth. This spectrum can have striking features imprinted on it by collective oscillations of neutrinos inside the supernova. With that information, they can see how the neutrinos evolved collectively in the dying star.

    The information can give them clues about what happened to the star itself, as well. The neutrino density is so high in a core-collapse supernova like 87A that it affects how the star explodes. The shockwave of the explosion is propelled by what physicists call the neutrino-driven wind.

    Other core-collapse events might not produce a supernova that we can see easily from Earth, but we’ll know they occurred when the neutrino detectors register a burst.

    “When a star collapses into a black hole, you likely don’t get any fireworks,” Scholberg explained. “The observers might see nothing, or just see a star wink out. Those kinds of events would be seen brightly in neutrinos.”

    Once the DUNE detectors are in place, they’ll be used to take measurements of neutrinos coming from Fermilab accelerators and wait patiently for a supernova to explode. This happens in our galaxy on average once every 30 to 50 years.

    “That’s the drawback of the supernova neutrino world; we’re always waiting,” Scholberg said. “You better not miss anything.”

    When it does occur, a core-collapse supernova will be a major event that will affect multiple fields of research, including particle physics and astrophysics.

    “It’s so impressive: Supernovae produce a huge number of neutrinos, they travel such a long distance, and you get a signal directly from something that’s kiloparsecs away,” Gil Botella said. “It’s really amazing to get access to information inside a star like that. It’s the connection with the objects in the universe — the unknown of the universe.”

    Members of the public can sign up to receive alerts from the SuperNova Early Warning System (SNEWS). The automated system currently includes seven neutrino experiments in Canada, China, Italy, Japan and at the South Pole. When neutrinos produced in a supernova reach Earth, SNEWS will send out email alerts to announce their arrival, which would captivate the research community.

    “Once the supernova happens, you can forget about everything else that we were thinking about,” Friedland said. “The world of science will be talking about that for at least a year or more.”

    The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment is supported in part by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science.

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    From Fermi National Accelerator Lab: “Fermilab, international partners break ground on new state-of-the-art particle accelerator” 

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    With a ceremony held today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory officially broke ground on a major new particle accelerator project that will power cutting-edge physics experiments for many decades to come.

    The new 700-foot-long linear accelerator, part of the laboratory’s Proton Improvement Plan II (PIP-II), will be the first accelerator project built in the United States with significant contributions from international partners. When complete, the new machine will become the heart of the laboratory’s accelerator complex, vastly improving what is already the world’s most powerful particle beam for neutrino experiments and providing for the long-term future of Fermilab’s diverse research program.

    The new PIP-II accelerator will make use of the latest superconducting technology, a key research area for Fermilab. Its flexible design will enable it to work as a new first stage for Fermilab’s chain of accelerators, powering both the laboratory’s flagship project — the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), hosted by Fermilab — and its extensive suite of on-site particle physics experiments, including searches for new particles and new forces in our universe.

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    On Friday, March 15, Fermilab broke ground on the PIP-II accelerator project, joined by dignitaries from the United States and international partners on the project. From left: Senator Tammy Duckworth (IL), Senator Dick Durbin (IL), Rep. Sean Casten (IL-6), Rep. Robin Kelly (IL-2), Rep. Bill Foster (IL-11), Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer, Rep. Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar, PIP-II Project Director Lia Merminga, DOE Associate Director for High Energy Physics Jim Siegrist, University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer, Consul General of India Neeta Bhushan, British Consul General John Saville, Consul General of Italy Giuseppe Finocchiaro, Consul General of France Guillaume Lacroix, DOE Fermi Site Office Manager Mike Weis, DOE PIP-II Federal Project Director Adam Bihary and Consul General of Poland Piotr Janicki. Photo: Reidar Hahn

    DUNE is under construction now and will be the most advanced experiment in the world studying ghostly, invisible particles called neutrinos. These particles may hold the key to cosmic mysteries that have baffled scientists for decades. The DUNE collaboration brings together more than 1,000 scientists from over 180 institutions in more than 30 countries, all with a single goal: to better understand these elusive particles and what they can tell us about the universe.

    The PIP-II accelerator will enable the beam that will send trillions of neutrino particles 800 miles (1,300 kilometers) through the earth to the four-story-high DUNE detector, to be built a mile beneath the surface at the Sanford Underground Research Facility [SURF] in Lead, South Dakota. With the improved particle beam enabled by PIP-II, scientists will use the DUNE detector to capture the most vivid 3-D images of neutrino interactions ever seen.

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    Shortly after breaking ground on the PIP-II accelerator project on Friday, March 15, Fermilab employees were joined by the governor of Illinois, six members of Congress and partners from around the world in this group photo. Photo: Reidar Hahn

    PIP-II is itself a groundbreaking scientific instrument, and its construction is pioneering a new paradigm for accelerator projects supported by DOE. The accelerator would not be possible without the contributions and world-leading expertise of partners in France, India, Italy and the UK. Scientists in each country are building components of the accelerator, to be assembled at Fermilab. This will be the first accelerator project in the United States completed using this approach.

    With PIP-II at the center of the laboratory’s accelerator complex, Fermilab will remain at the forefront of particle physics research and accelerator science for the foreseeable future.

    Today’s groundbreaking ceremony for the PIP-II accelerator was attended by dignitaries from around the globe. Speakers included Sen. Dick Durbin (IL), Sen. Tammy Duckworth (IL), Rep. Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Rep. Bill Foster (IL-11), Rep. Robin Kelly (IL-2), Rep. Sean Casten (IL-6), DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar, University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer, and national and international partners in the project.

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    From Symmetry: “Success after a three-year sprint” 

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    From Symmetry

    01/25/19
    Lauren Biron

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    Photo by CERN

    After a rush to start up the first large prototype detector, stellar results show the technology for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment is ready to shine.

    When scientists plan to build a new particle detector, they run simulations to get a picture of what the particle interactions will look like. After constructing and starting up the real thing, they expect a period of tuning, adjusting, fiddling, and fixing to get things running smoothly. They normally don’t expect to turn the detector on and see particle tracks of a quality that exceeds their idealized simulations, especially when it is a prototype detector.

    And then there is ProtoDUNE.

    “It was fantastic, with neater tracks and less noise from electronics than we expected,” says Flavio Cavanna, a scientist at the US Department of Energy’s Fermilab and the co-coordinator for the first ProtoDUNE detector that came to life this fall. “The entire technology operated as we wanted it to, which is beyond what one can dream.”

    The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) is an international endeavor to unlock the mysteries of particles called neutrinos, which could hold the key to one of the biggest unsolved mysteries in physics: why matter exists in the universe.

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    While the DUNE detector modules ultimately will be 20 times larger, this first prototype detector, ProtoDUNE-SP, is still the largest liquid-argon neutrino detector ever brought to life – and a crucial step in making sure DUNE will work as expected.

    For Cavanna and hundreds of others from DUNE institutions in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia, these exceptional results are the culmination of three years of hard work and fitful nights. In that short stretch of time, an international team of people had to coalesce; transform a chunk of land into an experimental facility; construct buildings, infrastructure, and an enormous cryogenic container; and design and fabricate the pieces for a house-sized detector that would be assembled inside of that container like a ship in a bottle.

    “You build a detector, but never know if it really works until you see the first track,” says Roberto Acciarri, assembly and run coordinator for the detector at CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research. “You always have that small doubt inside your heart: Is this really going to work?”

    A late-night phone call

    In December 2015, Cavanna was in Japan for work. One night, he received a call from Fermilab’s director asking if he would like to be a coordinator on a new detector. Only a few things at the time were certain, Cavanna says.

    First, the new experiment had been approved by CERN and Fermilab, and CERN agreed that it could live at the Neutrino Platform, a brand-new experimental facility. The detector would use argon, an element found in the air we breathe that becomes a liquid at very cold temperatures. It would serve as one of two test beds (both called ProtoDUNE) for technologies to be used in the Fermilab-hosted Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment.

    Second, while many institutions from around the world had formally signed on to participate in DUNE, a full-fledged scientific community dedicated to ProtoDUNE had yet to be identified and organized – and was essential to building a detector of such huge size and scope.

    Finally, there was a looming deadline: The detector ideally would be up and running before the start of the long shutdown of the particle accelerator complex at CERN in fall 2018. This was the only way the team could use CERN’s proton beam to make additional measurements in the detector.

    “The schedule was tight,” says Fermilab scientist Gina Rameika, the construction coordinator for ProtoDUNE. “Everyone knew the schedule was almost impossible. We had to get it installed and buttoned up in order to get it filled [with liquid argon] and take beam.”

    So they got to work.

    Build it bigger

    Putting together the world’s biggest liquid-argon detector required smart minds and helping hands. The first step was identifying and convincing scientists and engineers willing to make ProtoDUNE-SP the center of their world for the coming three years, working together as a global team.

    “DUNE is conceived and set up as an international project. It’s planetary,” Cavanna says. People signed on to ProtoDUNE-SP from institutions in North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia. “ProtoDUNE was a prototype of DUNE technologically, but also from this collaborative structure perspective.”

    Of course, ProtoDUNE-SP is not the first liquid-argon detector ever constructed. The technology was pioneered at the large scale for the ICARUS detector, which ran from 2010 to 2013 at the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics’ Gran Sasso National Laboratory under the leadership of Nobel laureate Carlo Rubbia. The team could also look to other liquid-argon experiments, such as MicroBooNE and LArIAT at Fermilab.

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    Fermilab LArIAT

    “We had a solid foundation from previous efforts, but DUNE will take liquid-argon technology to the yet unexplored multi-kiloton scale,” says CERN’s Francesco Pietropaolo, convener of the ProtoDUNE high-voltage consortium. “We knew ProtoDUNE would be essential for us to test new technologies and see how we could scale up to the much larger volume needed for DUNE.”

    As groups around the globe made design decisions and mock-ups and eventually started fabricating their individual pieces, construction got under way at CERN, with Marzio Nessi as the head of CERN’s Neutrino Platform. The wooded plot of land was transformed as crews extended a nearby facility and carved out a giant pit where ProtoDUNE-SP and its sister detector would live. CERN’s experts built a beamline that would funnel in the particle beam.

    Within the pit, welders got to work on a gigantic red steel frame, the external structure that would house the container with the detector components and the liquid argon needed to capture particle interactions. Researchers adapted algorithms and built up the software and hardware that would capture the electronic signals when a particle from the beam smashed into an argon nucleus in the detector. Things started coming together.

    Pieces of ProtoDUNE-SP began flowing in from around the world. Researchers from the Physical Sciences Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison sent the first of six crucial components called anode plane assemblies, special panels of wire that record particle interactions. On July 14, 2017, Cavanna sat in front of that very large APA shipping box at CERN and wondered how they would produce, test, and install five more before their stringent deadline just a bit more than a year ahead. The teams went into high gear. Detector parts came faster and faster.

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    An anode plane assembly (APA) is prepared for installation into ProtoDUNE.
    Photo by CERN

    “There were rumors that we would never make the schedule and we’d be lucky to put in two APAs,” Rameika says. “We were driven to prove we could deliver all of them, and we did.”

    Shipments of APAs from Wisconsin and a group of universities supported by the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council arrived. Teams tested detector components, then slid them through a narrow opening in the steel structure to an inner space where only a few people could work at a time. Fragile photo-sensors were added into the APAs. Electronics came together, cables were strung, and soon the temporary entrance in the side of the container was welded shut.

    To complete the final installation, technicians slid into the detector through a one-meter diameter manhole in the roof. CERN’s cryogenic experts filled the detector with 800 metric tons of liquid argon and turned on the purifiers, letting the detector cycle the clear liquid and remove any stray bits of non-argon material. The components within were cut off from any rescue should something go wrong. When the filling was completed almost eight weeks later, ProtoDUNE scientists checked the equipment. CERN’s particle accelerator operators sent streams of protons toward the detector, and researchers turned up the power on the high-voltage system.

    “The run started with this critical step that was keeping me up every night for three years,” Cavanna says. “It was the moment of bringing the detector to life, and I didn’t know what to expect.”

    Current flowed through the high-voltage system at a whopping 180,000 volts – exactly what it was supposed to do, “like it would be written in a textbook,” Cavanna says. Particle tracks showed up on the display, and soon after, celebratory champagne flowed in the ProtoDUNE control room at CERN. People around the world toasted their victory over video connections.

    Non-stop data

    When you have limited beam time, every second counts. Particles from the accelerator bombarded the ProtoDUNE detector 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but the deadline for shutting down the beam to prepare for a 2-year-long upgrade to the CERN accelerator complex loomed large.

    “You basically set aside your life when there’s beam,” Acciarri says. “You are always thinking and making sure everything is working properly. It’s very stressful.”

    After beam and detector tuning, between October 2 and November 12, ProtoDUNE-SP researchers collected more than 4 million gorgeous images of particle interactions. Members from participating institutions took shifts in the control rooms to make sure systems were operating as they should and watched the data roll in.

    “This is the first time we have had a live, 3-D event display for a liquid-argon detector,” says Tingjun Yang, co-convener for the data reconstruction and analysis group. Starting with the software used for the data analysis of another neutrino experiment, MicroBooNE, multiple groups collaborated to create a package to convert live data into the right format for quick, 3-D images that researchers on shift could use to monitor the detector.

    “We recognized this was a really powerful tool that DUNE will want to use,” Yang says. “We developed it, and the data worked. It was very beautiful.”


    This 3-D display shows a particle event at ProtoDUNE. The video shows the full size of the ProtoDUNE-SP detector (white box) and the direction of the particle beam (yellow arrow). Particles from other sources (such as cosmic rays) can be seen throughout the white box, while the red box highlights the region of interest: in this case, an interaction resulting from the particle beam passing through the detector. Event information, such as the momentum of particles in the beam and time of interaction, are located in the lower left corner. A selection of 3-D events from ProtoDUNE-SP are available in an online gallery for curious minds that want to play with the interface.

    Over the course of the run, researchers collected data about all sorts of different particles that might come out of a neutrino interaction in a detector: pions, kaons, photons, electrons, protons, and more. Because ProtoDUNE-SP sits on Earth’s surface, it also sees a high number of cosmic rays that the final DUNE detector won’t see from its mile-deep home at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota.

    “It makes ProtoDUNE a great stress test for the detector and reconstruction capability,” Yang says. If the software tested at ProtoDUNE can handle the high number of particle interactions, it will be almost overqualified for the more serene environment of DUNE. Fermilab’s accelerator complex will send trillions of neutrinos through 800 miles of earth, but the far detectors will see only a handful every day. However, ProtoDUNE-SP’s robust data handling capabilities are needed to search for rare subatomic phenomena, such as the hypothesized decay of protons. It also ensures that DUNE can handle thousands of neutrino interactions in a few seconds if, say, a star explodes in the Milky Way.

    ProtoDUNE-SP also collected particles at the full range of energies DUNE expects to see: from 1 to 7 gigaelectronvolts (GeV). In fact, data-taking went so smoothly at these planned energies that researchers even had extra time to capture lower-energy particles, from 0.3 GeV up to 1 GeV. With precise control over the beam, scientists were able to carefully study how particles interact with the argon atoms – important physics studies in their own right – and test the detector components within.

    “The technology is here, and it’s ready for DUNE,” Acciarri says. “We’ll take this opportunity to change a few things, both on the hardware and software side, to make things go even smoother, but I do believe we reached more than what we were expecting or asking for this detector to show.”

    Looking ahead

    There is plenty still to do, Acciarri notes. DUNE will run for decades, so researchers aim to operate the prototype for as long as possible to monitor how the pieces of the detector fare over time. There also are plans for a series of tests on all the subsystems: things like the light detection system, electronics, and high-voltage system. They plan to test their models of fluid dynamics, seeing how the argon circulates in the detector, and how each subsystem affects the others. Two consortia are already working on improvements for the crucial anode plane assemblies for DUNE. On the software side, researchers will work to improve the stability of the system and the speed at which it captures events. And scientists are working to complete a second ProtoDUNE detector at CERN, known as the dual-phase ProtoDUNE.

    DUNE already has around 1,000 members from more than 30 countries and continues to grow. With all the ongoing planning, construction, and testing taking place around the world, the team of DUNE scientists and engineers, it seems, will have a busy and collaborative 2019.

    “That was something that was quite important beyond the technological success,” Cavanna says. “Technology without the right people is just a piece of material that is dead. We grew a community that will bring DUNE to life.”

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    Photo by CERN

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    From Fermi National Accelerator Lab: “United States and France express interest to collaborate on construction of superconducting particle accelerator at Fermilab and the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment” 

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    From Fermi National Accelerator Lab , an enduring source of strength for the US contribution to scientific research world wide.

    December 19, 2018

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) have signed statements this month expressing interest to collaborate on high-tech international particle physics projects that are planned to be hosted at DOE’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

    The three agencies indicated plans to work together on the development and production of technical components for PIP-II (Proton Improvement Plan-II), a major DOE particle accelerator project with substantial international contributions. In addition, CNRS and CEA also plan to collaborate on the construction of the Fermilab-hosted Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), an international flagship science project that will unlock the mysteries of neutrinos — subatomic particles that travel close to the speed of light and have almost no mass.

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    DOE Undersecretary for Science Paul Dabbar (left) and Vincent Berger, Director of Fundamental Research at the CEA, at the signing ceremony in France on Dec. 11. The signing with CNRS took place on Dec. 19.

    The construction of a 176-meter-long superconducting particle accelerator is the centerpiece of the PIP-II project. The new accelerator upgrade will become the heart of the Fermilab accelerator complex and provide the proton beam to power a broad program of accelerator-based particle physics research for many decades to come. In particular, PIP-II will enable the world’s most powerful high-energy neutrino beam to power DUNE. The experiment requires enormous quantities of neutrinos to discover the role these particles played in the formation of the early universe. The first delivery of particle beams to DUNE is scheduled for 2026.

    “The collaboration on PIP-II and DUNE is a win-win situation for France and the U.S. Department of Energy,” said DOE Undersecretary for Science Paul Dabbar. “Scientists in France and the United States have a wealth of experience building components for superconducting particle accelerators and are contributing substantially to developing key technologies for DUNE. France’s expression of interest brings into the fold for the projects a partnership that has already seen great interest and contributions from across the globe.”

    Two French institutions — the departments of the Institute of Research into the Fundamental Laws of the Universe (Irfu), part of the French Atomic Energy Commission, and the CNRS IN2P3 laboratories: Institute of Nuclear Physics (IPN) and Linear Accelerator Laboratory (LAL) — are expected to build components for PIP-II. They both have extensive experience in the development of superconducting radio-frequency acceleration, which is the enabling technology for PIP-II, and are contributors to two major superconducting particle accelerator projects in Europe: the X-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL) and the (ESS).


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    ESS European Spallation Source, currently under construction in Lund, Sweden.

    “For IN2P3, the DUNE experiment is of major scientific interest for the next decade, and this interest naturally extends to the PIP-II project, which actually aligns perfectly well with our experience on superconducting linac technologies,” said IN2P3 Director Reynald Pain. “Our scientific and technical teams are very excited to start this collaboration.”

    At the heart of the PIP-II project is the construction of an 800-million-electronvolt superconducting linear accelerator. The new accelerator will feature acceleration cavities made of niobium and double the beam energy of its predecessor. That boost will enable the Fermilab accelerator complex to achieve megawatt-scale proton beam power.

    “Irfu physicists are strongly involved in neutrino physics,” said Vincent Berger, Director of Fundamental Research at the CEA. “In this field, the DUNE experiment is particularly promising. In that context, contributing to the PIP-II project would be very interesting for our accelerator teams, who have strong experience in superconducting linacs. Our first discussions with Fermilab staff have been very stimulating.”

    In addition to France, other international partners are making significant contributions to PIP-II: India, the United Kingdom and Italy. DOE’s Argonne and Lawrence Berkeley National laboratories are also contributing key components to the project.

    France brings world-leading expertise and capabilities to the PIP-II project,” said PIP-II Project Director Lia Merminga. “It is a tremendous opportunity and honor to work with them and apply their demonstrated excellence to our project.”

    French scientists also plan to contribute to building the DUNE detector, a massive stadium-sized neutrino detector that will be located 1.5 kilometers underground at Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota. Construction of prototype detectors are currently under way at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), the European particle physics laboratory located near the French-Swiss border. These prototypes include key contributions from French institutions in developing the dual-phase technology for one of the two ProtoDUNE detectors.

    “French scientists were among the founders of the DUNE experiment,” said Ed Blucher, DUNE collaboration co-spokesperson and professor at the University of Chicago. “Their enormous experience in detector and electronics development will be crucial to successful construction of the DUNE detectors.”

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    From Fermi National Accelerator Lab: “How to build a towering millikelvin thermometer” 

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    From Fermi National Accelerator Lab , an enduring source of strength for the US contribution to scientific research world wide.

    November 15, 2018
    Jim Daley

    Cary Kendziora had expected the long, slender temperature profile monitor to droop a bit, but not as much as this. As part of a joint project with the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Kendziora, a mechanical engineer at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermilab, had designed the device to measure the variation in temperature inside a massive neutrino detector located at the European laboratory CERN. The detector, the size of a small house, is filled with liquid argon. The temperature profile monitor is a solid piece of metal about 8 meters tall — about two stories tall — and as thin as a curtain rod. It bowed considerably when it was horizontal.

    Kendziora said he’d never worked with such a long, solid piece of metal that was also so narrow.

    “It turned out to be a lot more flexible than I imagined because of its length,” Kendziora said. “That was a surprise.”

    As a workaround, he helped build an exoskeleton support to keep the device rigid while it was being installed.

    The detector, one of two known as the ProtoDUNE detectors, contains 770 tons of liquid argon maintained at temperatures around 90 Kelvin.

    CERN Proto Dune

    Cern ProtoDune

    That’s a chilling minus 300 degrees Fahrenheit. As particles pass through the detector, they occasionally smash into the nuclei of argon atoms. The particles emerging from these collisions release electrons from argon atoms as they pass by. These electrons drift toward sensors that record their tracks. The tracks, in turn, give scientists information about the particle that started the reaction.

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    The temperature profiler from one of the ProtoDUNE detectors stands 8 meters tall. Photo: Cary Kendziora

    The ProtoDUNE detectors are prototypes for the international, Fermilab-hosted Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment. The DUNE detector, expected to be complete in the mid-2020s, will be mammoth, comprising four modules that are each nearly as long as a football field.

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    In liquid-argon detectors like DUNE and the ProtoDUNE detector, monitoring the variation in internal temperature is important because it’s correlated to the argon’s purity. ProtoDUNE contains 770 tons of liquid argon. DUNE will hold 70,000 tons. At this scale, the purification efficiency has to be checked regularly. If the argon doesn’t mix properly, it begins to stratify into layers of different temperatures, which can affect how far electrons can drift.

    “If the argon is pure, the electrons can drift the distance to the ProtoDUNE sensors, no problem,” said Jelena Maricic, an associate professor of physics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa who leads the group that worked on the design, construction and installation of the ProtoDUNE dynamic temperature profile monitor, along with Kendziora.

    But impurities have a great affinity for electrons and can trap them on their way to the sensors. And if they’re trapped, they won’t be detected, or at least not as easily.

    The temperature profile monitor hangs vertically from the detector’s ceiling near one corner of the detector, taking readings of the circulating liquid argon. By monitoring the argon’s temperature, scientists will be able to tell right away whether any problems are developing in the detector.

    Calibration by cross-reference

    Designing and building a temperature profile monitor that is accurate to within tens of millikelvin inside a massive liquid-argon detector is no small feat. While the degree of bowing was an unexpected problem, it was hardly the most difficult challenge to overcome. Kendziora ticked off a laundry list of them.

    “It had to be electrically and thermally isolated, and leak-tight,” he said. “And it’s a high-purity application, so all the materials had to be selected based on their not contributing any contaminants to the liquid. All the little threaded holes that the components are screwed into had to be vented so they wouldn’t trap any gas that would give off oxygen over a long period of time. All the parts had to be cleaned.”

    The entire design of the profile monitor also needed to address a unique question: How do you calibrate a probe that is sealed inside a giant box full of liquid argon? Erik Voirin, an engineer at Fermilab, and Yujing Sun, a postdoc in Maricic’s lab, independently hit upon the same, elegant idea.

    The team designed the profile monitor with an array of 23 motor-driven, remotely moveable sensors along its 8-meter height. Each takes a reading of the argon immediately surrounding it. And since they’re moveable, not only can a sensor take the temperature in multiple locations, but a single location’s temperature can be read out by more than one sensor.

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    The profile monitor is outfitted with an array of 23 motor-driven, remotely moveable sensors along its 8-meter height. Each takes a reading of the argon immediately surrounding it. Photo: Cary Kendziora

    Voirin, a thermal-fluids engineer, performed the computational fluid dynamics simulations for ProtoDUNE. Sun tested and demonstrated the idea to work with the prototype using just four sensors in 2017, deploying the rod in the 35-ton liquid-argon detector.

    “Our system allows you to move the sensors along the vertical axis and perform cross-calibration,” Maricic said.

    One could use sensor A to take the temperature at, say, the 3-meter mark, and then check its reading against sensor B’s at the same location. That way, scientists can determine if any sensor is out of whack.

    Maricic said that the University of Hawaii group team, will be performing the cross-calibration in the late November or early December.

    The DUNE far detector will require a similar temperature profile monitor that adheres to the same set of strict requirements that the ProtoDUNE detector needed – but with one difference. DUNE is much larger than ProtoDUNE, so its profile monitor needs to be scaled up accordingly. It will be 15 meters long — nearly double the length of the prototype profile monitor.

    “I don’t have a solution for the long length,” Kendziora says, other than to construct another extensive support infrastructure.

    Another engineering effort for DUNE— and he’s on top of it.

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