Ready to assemble the SP team at CERN

Roberto Acciarri next to the LArIAT cryostat at Fermilab with the TPC installed. Photo courtesy R. Acciarri
Roberto Acciarri next to the LArIAT cryostat at Fermilab with the TPC installed. Photo courtesy R. Acciarri
Roberto Acciarri next to the LArIAT cryostat at Fermilab with the TPC installed. Photo courtesy R. Acciarri

The first long-term traveler for the installation of the ProtoDUNE-SP detector has arrived in Geneva.  Fermilab’s Roberto Acciarri, the coordinator for the Detector Integration, Testing and Installation working group, will spend about two years at CERN coordinating these efforts. He reports to Flavio Cavanna and Christos Touramanis, and will be supported by an experienced team of specialists for each of the detector subsystems and for overarching areas such as testing, grounding/shielding and safety.

Acciarri relocated to CERN in October to prepare for both the equipment and the sizable team that will begin arriving after the new year. He is well prepared to act as the contact person for this team.

Acciarri did his graduate work on WArP, a LArTPC for dark matter searches at Gran Sasso.  In 2013 he moved to Fermilab to start his postdoc, working on MicroBooNE and LAriAT.

“During my postdoc I worked closely with physicists on one side, and technicians and engineers on the other, often being a point of contact between the two worlds,” he said. “I’ve also put my hands on almost every aspect of a LAr detector and I understand a lot about how to build one.”

Acciarri has started meeting the people involved in the different activities in EHN1 supporting ProtoDUNE-SP — creating his network.

“The goal for these first months is to learn how things are going, what’s missing, and what people need help with so that I can identify any task left behind and improve the sharing of information,” he said. “And I’m looking forward to work in such a unique place like CERN. I’m getting lots of tips to learn my way around the laboratory, as well as lots of advice that will be very useful during installation time.”

The ProtoDUNE-SP team
The ProtoDUNE-SP team (click to see larger version)

Marzio Nessi, head of the CERN Neutrino Platform (NP) where the installation and integration activities will take place, will work with Acciarri and the ProtoDUNE-SP team to help ensure a successful implementation of the detector. Nessi has provided a web page where the team members can find information about the NP and the EHN1 hall that will house both ProtoDUNEs. It features images of the installation sites, NP04 for ProtoDUNE-SP and NP02 for the dual-phase detector, updated every 30 minutes. This page is linked from the CENF homepage, which in turn is linked from DUNE at Work. Another link available from DUNE at Work provides information on getting CERN accounts.  (see Traveling to CERN from October’s nus2surf.)