Features – December 2017

Deep learning for deep underground physics

Neutrino event reconstruction is challenging. It is difficult to properly define the important features of an interaction a priori, which makes this problem a good candidate for new Deep Learning techniques, rather than the traditional method of specifying algorithms in advance and testing them on data…

The Ross Shaft project reaches new low

For more than five years, Ross Shaft crews at Sanford Lab have been stripping out old steel and lacing, cleaning out decades of debris, adding new ground support and installing new steel to prepare the shaft for its future role in world-leading science…

Gollapinni to strengthen user ties at Fermilab

DUNE collaborator Sowjanya Gollapinni began her one-year term as chair of the Fermilab Users Executive Committee in October… The UEC heads the Fermilab Users Organization, a group that advises the laboratory on matters related to the users, and provides support to the user community. DUNE represents a significant and growing portion... Read more »

DOE Undersecretary for Science visits Fermilab

On Nov. 21, DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar visited Fermilab and took a tour of the laboratory… Discussion covered the lab’s mission and projects, including LBNF/DUNE and the broad international participation in the project…

From Young DUNE

Preparing for rare events: nnbar oscillation, proton decay

Jeremy Hewes, recently graduated from the University of Manchester and headed to a postdoc at Fermilab, uses convolutional neural networks to study how DUNE can detect neutron-antineutron oscillation. University of Houston postdoc Aaron Higuera leads DUNE’s efforts in modeling events expected from proton decay…

News and updates

ProtoDUNE-SP electronics and photon system success

The ProtoDUNE-SP cold electronics and photon detection systems passed their readout integration tests on APA #1 in the CERN cold box in November… The process started in in August with the installation of the photon detection system on this first APA…

First CPA and field cage inserted into SP cryostat

Milestone achieved: As of the evening of November 22, 2017 a joint CERN/Ash River team smoothly and successfully installed the first of three cathode plane assemblies (CPA), complete with its field cage (FC), on its supporting beam inside the ProtoDUNE-SP cryostat at CERN…