Neutrino trading cards a hit at Fermilab’s Open House

Leon Lederman or Willie Mays? Although the mid-20th century “golden age” of collecting baseball cards –the classic American hobby — is long past, it turns out that kids still like picture cards. The neutrino trading cards were a big hit at the Neutrino Campus during Fermilab’s Open House, September 23rd. A few particularly avid young visitors succeeded in collecting all 24…


Logistics manager to keep communication and components flowing

Given the sheer quantity and assortment of materials that will arrive and require storage in South Dakota over the course of several years, our new Logistics Manager for the Far Site, Elizabeth Hilgart, will be spending quite a bit of time there. The question is: will Lead, SD join her list of favorite cities in the U.S. – Boston, Bar Harbor, San Francisco and San Antonio?


The Official Data Catalog

The DUNE Data Catalog, started in late 2015 for use with the 35 ton prototype, then expanded to index Monte Carlo samples, got a makeover last summer.

Makeover by NOvA web tools. Because DUNE’s worth it…


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…