SLAC group to focus on analysis with machine learning techniques

Members of SLAC’s LBNF/DUNE group. From left: Hirohisa Tanaka (professor), Ji Won Park (rotation student), Tracy Usher (staff scientist), Laura Domine (graduate student), Leon Rochester (staff scientist, retired), Mark Convery (staff scientist), Brandon Eberly (postdoctoral researcher), Kazuhiro Terao (associate staff scientist). Not pictured: Matt Graham (staff scientist), Patrick Tsang (project scientist), Yun-Tse Tsai (associate staff scientist). (Dawn Harmer/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)

Accomplished neutrino physicist Hirohisa Tanaka has joined the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory as a professor of particle physics and astrophysics. He oversees a group at the lab that is preparing for research with the future Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment at the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility…

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A theorist in the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility?

How do you build the biggest physics experiment ever constructed in the United States? With a lot of help from international friends. Symmetry checked in with one of those international partners: graduate student Jogesh Rout of Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India…

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High-powered leadership for high-powered proton source

The Proton Improvement Plan II (PIP-II) is Fermilab’s project to provide powerful, high-intensity proton beams to its experiments, including the flagship Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility and Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment. On March 1, Lia Merminga took on the role of project director for PIP-II…

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Mark Thomson to become new STFC Executive Chair

UK Universities and Science Minister Sam Gyimah has announced that Professor Mark Thomson has been selected to be Executive Chair of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), following a fair and open competition…

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Calibration – where the rubber meets the road

Effects due to energy loss mechanisms in LArTPCs are known to be highly convolved and difficult to disentangle. The collaboration’s Calibration Task Force is working on developing a calibration strategy that will likely include a range of instrumentation and measurements…

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Groundbreaking work on the physics of neutrinos

(From stuff.co.nz) There is an unwritten law of physics that says any world-class science, construction or arts project must have a New Zealander in its team. No surprise then, to find noted in October’s Scientific American magazine that a Kiwi, Stephen Parke, figures prominently in the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE)…

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Deconstruction: Cosmic gall

In December 1960, The New Yorker published John Updike’s poem about the neutrino, a ghost-like particle discovered a few years before. Titled “Cosmic Gall,” Updike’s poem examines the neutrino’s bizarre properties. Fermilab’s Kurt Riesselman offers a deconstruction…

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UK builds vital component for DUNE

A UK team has just completed their first prototype Anode Plane Assembly (APA), the largest component of the DUNE (single-phase) detector, to be used in the protoDUNE detector at CERN. The APA, which was built at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Daresbury Laboratory, is the first such anode plane to ever have been built in the UK…

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The biggest little detectors

In one sense, the two ProtoDUNE detectors are small. As prototypes of the much larger planned Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, they are only representative slices, each measuring about 1 percent of the size of the final detector. But in all other ways, the ProtoDUNE detectors are simply massive…

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U.S. Secretary of Energy Perry visits Fermilab

The U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry toured Fermilab’s extensive science and technology research complex on January 9th and led a town hall meeting with lab employees and visiting scientists. The visit highlighted Fermilab’s leadership as the host laboratory for LBNF/DUNE, the first international megascience experiment to be built at a U.S. DOE lab…

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