nus2SURF suspends publication

Many thanks to all of you who provided very helpful feedback in responding to the survey. Due to the relatively low response rate (13%), however, coupled with higher demands over the next year on your editor’s time (as the TDR technical editor), nus2SURF will suspend publication for this period of time. On to the TDR!


Guang Yang working on big ideas

Stony Brook University postdoc Guang Yang has contributed to two big ideas coming out of the Near Detector Concept Study…  One is a fine-grained, three-dimensional scintillating plastic detector, called the 3DST… Yang is also involved in DUNE-prism, a proposed “big idea” to move the near detector off-axis at different positions to allow disentangling of the flux-plus-cross section degeneracy…


ProtoDUNE-SP is closed!

The temporary construction opening (TCO) on ProtoDUNE-SP is closed! The operation went smoothly and on schedule, finishing on June 12th… The ball now passes to the ProtoDUNE-SP crew for final assembly… with the end of August as the target date for activation of the detector and first beam data…


Imagine the thriller…

Remember Particle Fever, the Higgs boson cliffhanger? Imagine the thriller pitting matter against antimatter — and the audacious team of scientists that build a machine to look far back in time and uncover the mystery of how matter triumphed…


Technical Proposal on track

Many collaborators have worked around the clock to get their chapters written, and many more have formally reviewed these chapters… The Technical Proposal has evolved into a three-volume document: an executive summary plus a volume each for the single-phase and dual-phase designs… Now, with roughly a month to go, it is time for a second set of reviewers to ensure that the Technical Proposal satisfies its purpose… 


Madagascar students take on tau neutrinos

Two students from the University of Antananarivo-Madagascar, the first African institution to join the DUNE collaboration, are producing their master’s theses on tau neutrino studies for DUNE. Herilala Razafinime and Miriama Rajaoalisoa spent the summer of 2017 at Fermilab as recipients of the laboratory’s Neutrino Physics Center fellowship program…


Erin Conley: new IB representative for Young DUNE

Second-year Duke University graduate student Erin Conley hasn’t yet reached the point of taking her qualifying exams, but she’s already been contributing to DUNE for a few years. She is now the Young DUNE representative to the DUNE Institutional Board, replacing Jason Stock of SDSMT in that role…


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…


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…


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