Features – April 2017

LArIAT upgrade will test DUNE design

In particle physics, the difference of a millimeter or two can make or break an experiment. In March, the LArIAT experiment began a proof-of-concept test to make sure the planned Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) will work well with that 2-millimeter difference…

All work and no play? No way…

“People function better when they are happy,” said Chang Kee Jung, a professor at Stony Brook University who has enjoyed teaching and mentoring young people for many years. “And people are happier when they have social connections…”

Laura Fields is new MINERvA co-spokesperson

Since it began taking data in 2009, the MINERvA collaboration has published roughly 20 papers on neutrino-nucleus interactions. It’s a strong, promising start for the experiment, and scientist Laura Fields, who started her new two-year term as MINERvA co-spokesperson on March 17, intends to keep up the momentum…

DUNE among most sophisticated projects ever

Carve a few massive caverns nearly a mile below the surface of the Black Hills, haul off hundreds of thousands of tons of crushed rock, add the largest refrigeration system ever, then install the most sensitive particle detectors known to man, and you’d be ready to host what is arguably... Read more »

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Video: Inter-American science

Leon Lederman, Fermilab’s second director, was a passionate advocate for scientific collaboration between the Americas. “Western hemisphere collaboration in high-energy physics,” he wrote, “would not only advance science and technology, but would also promote more equitable globalization.” DUNE collaborator Carlos Escobar talks about its beginnings…

Spring cleaning for DUNE at Work

Eileen Berman recently took some time to reorganize much of the information and the links in DUNE at Work. Given how dynamic DUNE is, she thought it was time for some spring cleaning. She has removed old information, made things easier to find, and streamlined the structure so that it can easily accommodate new information…

News and updates

Reconstructing the software and computing organization

With the ProtoDUNE assembly and operation rapidly approaching, as well as the technical design report, DUNE is putting substantial work into developing software and provisioning computing resources. Smaller teams are turning into bigger ones as the collaboration grows, which has prodded DUNE to rethink the distribution of software and computing efforts…

ND workshop: From here to there

DUNE held a Near Detector Workshop at Fermilab on March 27-29 to launch the Near Detector Concept Study. During his introduction, Mark Thomson welcomed everyone, both DUNE collaborators and interested scientists who are not yet members of DUNE, emphasizing the broad international partnership that is required for this effort…

International agreement with China for beamline corrector magnets

Over the last several months, the U.S. DOE and IHEP prepared a formal agreement in which IHEP would construct 24 corrector magnets for LBNF over a thee-year period. This agreement, a formal cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) between the two parties, has been finalized, and was signed in March…

The March LBNC review

Chaired by David MacFarlane from SLAC, the Long Baseline Neutrino Committee (LBNC) met at Fermilab March 23-25… the committee received updates on technical progress, previously agreed milestones, risks and mitigation strategies, effort planning, and the status of actions in response to past recommendations…