Features – February 2017

DUNE collaboration meeting comes to CERN

On 23–26 January, more than 230 members of the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) collaboration met at CERN to discuss the project’s status and plans… (from the CERN Courier)

It’s a flux spectrometer, Marty, not a flux capacitor

Because neutrinos are effectively invisible particles, it is not possible to count them directly… Even the best available measurements offer no better than 8% uncertainty… At the recent collaboration meeting, the collaboration agreed that the flux spectrometer has physics potential…

Fermilab achieves milestone beam power for neutrino experiments

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory has achieved a significant milestone for proton beam power. On Jan. 24, the laboratory’s flagship particle accelerator delivered a 700-kilowatt proton beam over one hour at an energy of 120 billion electronvolts…

Happy 2nd Birthday, LBNF!

As the clock struck 4:55 p.m. in Batavia, IL on January 8, 2015, after a 2014 buzzing with talk about combining LBNE and LBNO, then-LBNE Project Director Jim Strait and Project Manager Elaine McCluskey declared the end of LBNE… Less than a month later, Marzio Nessi, Elaine and two others... Read more »

ProtoDUNE Revealed

This 11 m-high structure with thick steel walls will soon contain a prototype detector for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), a major international project based in the US for studying neutrinos and proton decay… (from the CERN Courier)

At your fingertips

We are DUNE

If you missed it at the collaboration meeting last month, check out the new “We are DUNE” video produced by Jim Shultz of Fermilab. Find several of your colleagues — and maybe yourself — telling the story of what we do and why…

News and updates

Developing DUNE’s near detector strategy

What is the probability for a muon neutrino to oscillate to an electron neutrino, as a function of energy? To obtain this probability from our far detector data, we must know the flux of neutrinos produced at Fermilab, the cross section for neutrino scattering on argon, and the relationship between what the detector sees and the neutrino energy. A near detector can provide this crucial information…

ZOOMing away from ReadyTalk

For the past several years Fermilab has supported ReadyTalk as the web/audio communication service for remote attendance at meetings. The lab is now transitioning to Zoom, a cost-effective replacement… This transition will complete by March 15th. That’s right: ReadyTalk will be unavailable once we reach the Ides of March…

EOIs go live

Last week the DUNE leadership sent letters to the Institutional Board (IB) Representatives requesting “Expressions of Interest” (EoIs) in the next phase of DUNE. The call for EoIs is a major step in the evolution of the DUNE collaboration as we move towards the planned Technical Design Reports (TDRs) in 2019 and the construction of the DUNE detectors in the first part of the 2020s…

New strategic advisory group for LBNF

A new committee has formed to provide strategic advice to the LBNF project as it advances with and in support of DUNE. Called the LBNF Strategic Project Advisory Committee (SPAC), this body is specifically charged to provide expert, independent advice on issues and strategies related to project organization, management, and risks…