Features – February 2018

Mark Thomson to become new STFC Executive Chair

UK Universities and Science Minister Sam Gyimah has announced that Professor Mark Thomson has been selected to be Executive Chair of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), following a fair and open competition…

Calibration – where the rubber meets the road

Effects due to energy loss mechanisms in LArTPCs are known to be highly convolved and difficult to disentangle. The collaboration’s Calibration Task Force is working on developing a calibration strategy that will likely include a range of instrumentation and measurements…

Groundbreaking work on the physics of neutrinos

(From stuff.co.nz) There is an unwritten law of physics that says any world-class science, construction or arts project must have a New Zealander in its team. No surprise then, to find noted in October’s Scientific American magazine that a Kiwi, Stephen Parke, figures prominently in the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE)…

Deconstruction: Cosmic gall

In December 1960, The New Yorker published John Updike’s poem about the neutrino, a ghost-like particle discovered a few years before. Titled “Cosmic Gall,” Updike’s poem examines the neutrino’s bizarre properties. Fermilab’s Kurt Riesselman offers a deconstruction…

At your fingertips

Building the world’s flagship neutrino experiment

The Fermilab Office of Communication has produced a fact sheet for sharing information about DUNE, LBNF and the PIP-II accelerator upgrade with the public. DUNE collaborators who would like a translation of this fact sheet into another language are invited to contact

From Young DUNE

Unwieldy yet delicate, the HV system comes together

Francesca Stocker of CERN and Kevin Wood of Stony Brook University are both beginning their PhD research, building and installing the high voltage system for ProtoDUNE-SP that will provide a uniform electric field inside the LArTPC…

News and updates

Far Detector consortia are marching forward

Now past their formative stage, the nine DUNE Far Detector consortia are marching forward with activities focused on production of the Technical Proposal, their first major deliverable… To help balance the workload, the consortia are targeting certain sets deliverables for the (now past) collaboration meeting in January, the LBNC review in late February, and the next RRB meeting in mid-April…

A welcoming host for DUNE

LBNF/DUNE is a new level of “big,” and Fermilab wants to ensure a proper welcome for the more-than-1000 neutrino physicists from around the world that will conduct great science both onsite and 800 miles away at the Sanford Underground Research Facility.  A working group, formed last fall by the lab’s directorate, is examining the range of amenities and services that the host must be ready to provide…

Upcoming DUNE workshops

DUNE has scheduled three workshops in the next month or so: Long-baseline physics, calibration and Near Detector…

Veni, vidi, experimentum feci

A year on from the previous nus2surf report on the High Voltage (HV) tests conducted in the DUNE 35-ton cryostat at Fermilab, scientists Alan Hahn and Sarah Lockwitz of Fermilab – along with dedicated collaborators from other DUNE institutions – have nearly completed the planned suite of three HV tests leading up to ProtoDUNE…

Largest attendance yet for DUNE meeting

Mark Thomson led the January collaboration meeting off with the long list of accomplishments in 2017 and beautiful pictures of the ProtoDUNE cryostats and detector components. He congratulated the CERN and ProtoDUNE team on their progress, while in the same breath reminding the audience of the work still ahead…