Kicking off the Far Site construction

Barely a month after awarding the contract for the LBNF Far Site construction to Kiewit/Alberici Joint Venture (KAJV), LBNF and KAJV held their kick-off meeting at SURF to review contractual issues and expectations, establish the initial steps and deliverables, and establish communication channels… While the LBNF Far Site excavation is not a particularly large project for these firms, it is clearly one of the most interesting…


New MediaWiki site for DUNE

A new MediaWiki site for DUNE, wiki.dunescience.org, is ready for you to use. It is intended as a platform for collaborative work. Here you can keep notes about your work in a flexibly structured and easy-to-access place, and gather and develop content for official documentation.  We all know that the technical proposals and the TDR are coming up soon…


Young DUNE gaining strength

Young DUNE is no Irma, but it continues to become a more powerful — constructive! — force within DUNE. As the Young DUNE spokesperson liaison, David Martinez has helped spearhead this group’s growth over the past year and a half. Karl Warburton will now replace Martinez in this leadership role…


No more training overload

No one wants to retake training courses. That is why Mike Andrews has pushed through an effort to compare training courses across the laboratories participating in LBNF/DUNE, identify the equivalencies, and establish a set of common courses that are acceptable by the different labs…


New atmosphere for beamline target chase

The LBNF beamline design originally called for an air-filled/air-cooled target chase, the enclosure in which the target and horns are installed. The older NuMI beamline, however, which also used air, brought to light some issues that the LBNF team needed to consider. The LBNF beamline project has selected nitrogen as the atmosphere for the target chase…


June activities in EHN1

CERN staff, contractors, and visiting collaborators are very busy this month in EHN1, where the two ProtoDUNEs are housed. Insulation panels, clean room walls, the cold box for APA testing, cooled racks for DAQ, computing, and storage, impedance monitoring — a lot is going on…


Getting the green light

Transparent acrylic bars are flying the friendly skies as the Photon Detector group purchases, prepares, tests and assembles the ProtoDUNE-SP light-readout system. From vendors on the east coast, to production and test sites in the Midwest, to assembly in the Rockies, they are destined for installation in the Pays de Gex…


ProtoDUNE-DP proceeding toward construction

The ProtoDUNE-DP Technical Design Review that took place 24-25 April at CERN was a “non-trivial exercise” for the review committee, according to Dario Autiero, one of the project coordinators. After examining the entire detector design, the committee declared the technical design to be “well advanced” and supported “proceeding toward construction…”