Proto-ProtoDUNE-SP at Ash River

Bill Miller, a key member of the ProtoDUNE-SP team, is leading the effort to prototype the mechanical installation of the TPC components to ensure that all the latches and hinges planned for ProtoDUNE-SP fit and hold the components correctly and securely, to determine what paths the cables will take, and to work out details of the installation procedure for the team at CERN to follow…

Physics for sports fans

Fermilab runs a very popular lecture series for the public each year, and it was only a matter of time before Chang Kee Jung would be tapped to offer an evening of sports and science, based on his Physics of Sports course at Stony Brook University. He focused his September 23 lecture on four sports, volleyball, baseball, (American) football, and soccer.

IHEP China to prototype beamline corrector magnets

A team from IHEP will begin constructing a prototype of a small dipole magnet for the LBNF beamline later this month. The beamline needs 23 of these magnets, used to provide fine tuning of the magnetic field at every focusing location. The prototype should be ready for testing in the February 2017 timeframe.

Extraordinary beamline alignment

Given that the final design for the Far Site Conventional Facilities will be starting soon, nailing down the coordinates for beam alignment is a high priority. Virgil Bocean, senior geodesist with Fermilab, and a team of surveying specialists made a comprehensive set of measurements at SURF in July.

A great showing at Neutrino 2016

Neutrino physicists from around the world met in London at the XXVIIth International Conference on Neutrino Physics and Astrophysics in early July… Jon Urheim of Indiana University presented the status and physics case of the LBNF/DUNE program.
“DUNE also had a great showing in the poster sessions,” said Andy Blake…

Thank you, MINOS+

After 11 years, the Main Injector Neutrino Oscillation Search (MINOS) experiment and its second iteration, MINOS+, have concluded their runs.
“MINOS was also a major player in the uncovering of large electron neutrino appearance, the phenomenon that underlies the DUNE program,” said former MINOS co-spokesperson Rob Plunkett…