Upcoming DUNE workshops

DUNE has scheduled three workshops in the next month or so: Long-baseline physics, calibration and Near Detector…

Veni, vidi, experimentum feci

A year on from the previous nus2surf report on the High Voltage (HV) tests conducted in the DUNE 35-ton cryostat at Fermilab, scientists Alan Hahn and Sarah Lockwitz of Fermilab – along with dedicated collaborators from other DUNE institutions – have nearly completed the planned suite of three HV tests leading up to ProtoDUNE…

Largest attendance yet for DUNE meeting

Mark Thomson led the January collaboration meeting off with the long list of accomplishments in 2017 and beautiful pictures of the ProtoDUNE cryostats and detector components. He congratulated the CERN and ProtoDUNE team on their progress, while in the same breath reminding the audience of the work still ahead…

Going green with blue blocks

“When I got to Fermilab 20 years ago, the NuMI project had just placed a large order for blue blocks to build the NuMI target shield pile and shielding around the hadron absorber,” said Salman Tariq, now the LBNF Beamline Project Engineer. “Now they are the right thing to use for LBNF…”

Cranes, crates and conveyances

A December trip by the CERN cryostat design team to Fermilab for ICARUS provided an opportunity for discussions on the LBNF/DUNE Far Site interfaces, as well. Some outstanding issues require resolution within the next six months in order to advance the final Far Site facilities design…

ProtoDUNE-SP electronics and photon system success

The ProtoDUNE-SP cold electronics and photon detection systems passed their readout integration tests on APA #1 in the CERN cold box in November… The process started in in August with the installation of the photon detection system on this first APA…

First CPA and field cage inserted into SP cryostat

Milestone achieved: As of the evening of November 22, 2017 a joint CERN/Ash River team smoothly and successfully installed the first of three cathode plane assemblies (CPA), complete with its field cage (FC), on its supporting beam inside the ProtoDUNE-SP cryostat at CERN…

DAQ workshop examines options and constraints

Columbia University hosted a workshop October 30-31 for DUNE Far Detector DAQ Consortium members and collaborators to review the different architectures being considered for the DAQ system and to examine them under existing technical constraints…. The workshop was organized as part of the DAQ Consortium’s effort to narrow down options to a baseline DAQ design…

First ProtoDUNE-SP data challenge: finding the gaps

“We are learning essential steps towards making full use of the potential of the ProtoDUNE detectors in support of the final DUNE construction, operation and science outputs,” said Ruth Pordes, referring to the first ProtoDUNE-SP data challenge, which took place last week…

The RRB moving forward with global participation

The most recent meeting of the LBNF/DUNE Resources Review Board was held at Fermilab on November 2-3, and the attendance from across the globe reflected the international nature of the DUNE experiment… We surveyed the notable developments over the past few months, discussed the Board’s role going forward, and coordination between the Collaboration and the funding agencies, represented by the RRB participants…