The green giant

A production facility for the single-wavelength-shifting light guide is turning on. Matt Toups and his team, with their Operational Readiness Clearance in hand, have just set up their first production light guide bar for dip-coating in a solution of wavelength-shifting TBP…


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…


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…”


International agreement 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…


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…


Near Detector Task Force achieves goal

The Near Detector Task Force is getting ready to submit its final report.
“We have reached our goal,” said Steve Brice, the task force leader. “We have completed a set of four run-throughs of the analysis chain, each more sophisticated than the previous… The collaboration can now use these results to inform the near detector design…”


Life in Lead, SD: what to expect

About a hundred members of the community around Lead, SD gathered last Monday evening in the Lead/Deadwood High School auditorium to learn more about LBNF and DUNE, the activities that will be taking place in and around SURF to prepare for and support these projects, and the changes the community will notice as construction ramps up…


Clash detection

As DUNE progresses from working groups into consortia responsible for the design and construction of actual detector elements — consortia that are distributed around the globe — how does the project verify that the detector elements will fit together in the cryostats and that the detector modules will work within the design and constraints of the conventional facilities that support the experiment? The answer is a set of integrated 3D models…


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 had sketched out a basic layout for underground detector spaces at SURF, a layout that would evolve into the current configuration of the LBNF far site conventional facilities and cryostats for DUNE…