Report from the DUNE-US Project Manager

The DUNE project team has also made great progress in the first couple of months of 2016 – the 35-ton prototype is running (see article), ProtoDUNE planning is well underway and collaborators are eager to participate.

Forty-five collaborating institutions have responded to the call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) on ProtoDUNE, issued at the January collaboration meeting. Working group leaders and level 3 managers are reviewing the submissions and working to incorporate interested institutions into both the ProtoDUNE-SP and ProtoDUNE-DP (single- and dual-phase) efforts.

The DUNE project team held a series of meetings at CERN during the week of 22 February to identify areas of synergy between the ProtoDUNEs, review the installation plans and schedules vis-à-vis those for the other activities, and to advance the DAQ. The team has now updated its resource-loaded schedule through fiscal year 2018 (FY18) for all activities associated with ProtoDUNE-SP. The CERN meetings also enabled the synchronization of the ProtoDUNE-SP schedule with those of the CERN Neutrino Platform, ProtoDUNE-DP, and the LBNF ProtoDUNE cryogenics.

Interviews continue with ASIC engineering candidates, and DUNE continues to work with collaborating institutions to identify external engineering resources, particularly with respect to ProtoDUNE design, fabrication and installation.

–Jolie Macier