Calibration techniques honed and ready for test beam data

Ajib Paudel and Glenn Horton-Smith, both of Kansas State University, and Tingjun Yang of Fermilab are practicing calibration techniques on ProtoDUNE-SP to get ready for the DUNE far detector. The group is running MC data samples of cosmic ray muon tracks through an analysis to correct for nonuniformities in the detector volume…

DUNE completes Interim Design Report

The international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) achieved a milestone on July 29 when the collaboration released its 687-page Interim Design Report for the construction of gigantic particle detector modules a mile underground in South Dakota. The three-volume interim report, which was posted on the scientific online repository arXiv, summarizes the DUNE physics goals and the design of the detector to meet these goals…

nus2SURF suspends publication

Many thanks to all of you who provided very helpful feedback in responding to the survey. Due to the relatively low response rate (13%), however, coupled with higher demands over the next year on your editor’s time (as the TDR technical editor), nus2SURF will suspend publication for this period of time. On to the TDR!

New DUNE at Work website

Released Thursday, June14, DUNE’s new “At Work” website is the product of several months of work by a team led by Maxine Hronek. It is built in WordPress and offers a clean, easy-to-navigate interface to improve your online user experience when looking for information to support your DUNE activities…

Technical Proposal on track

Many collaborators have worked around the clock to get their chapters written, and many more have formally reviewed these chapters… The Technical Proposal has evolved into a three-volume document: an executive summary plus a volume each for the single-phase and dual-phase designs… Now, with roughly a month to go, it is time for a second set of reviewers to ensure that the Technical Proposal satisfies its purpose… 

Rob Roser is new LBNF Near Site project scientist

Rob Roser, most recently the Fermilab chief information officer (CIO), has just been named the LBNF Near Site project scientist. Along with this role comes the responsibility for the delivery of beam, and thus he is the new project manager for the LBNF Beamline…

Stefan Söldner-Rembold elected as DUNE co-spokesperson

In a vote earlier this month, the DUNE collaboration elected Stefan Söldner-Rembold, professor of particle physics at the University of Manchester, as its new co-spokesperson to help guide the experiment through these next two years… Söldner-Rembold will take over the position from Mark Thomson and will join Edward Blucher…

Far Detector consortia are marching forward

Now past their formative stage, the nine DUNE Far Detector consortia are marching forward with activities focused on production of the Technical Proposal, their first major deliverable… To help balance the workload, the consortia are targeting certain sets deliverables for the (now past) collaboration meeting in January, the LBNC review in late February, and the next RRB meeting in mid-April…

A welcoming host for DUNE

LBNF/DUNE is a new level of “big,” and Fermilab wants to ensure a proper welcome for the more-than-1000 neutrino physicists from around the world that will conduct great science both onsite and 800 miles away at the Sanford Underground Research Facility.  A working group, formed last fall by the lab’s directorate, is examining the range of amenities and services that the host must be ready to provide…