Interim report on beam optimization released

The DUNE beam optimization task force has delivered its Interim Report. In this report, the task force recommends an optimized focusing system that includes three focusing horns and a significantly longer target than that of the current reference design. The report represents work done since last September in collaboration with the LBNF beam project and the Accelerator and Beam working group…

ProtoDUNE-SP: strong organization for a tight schedule

New organizational structures for the Single-phase ProtoDUNE are in place for managing the construction, installation, commissioning, and operation of the detector in a test beam at CERN in 2018. These new structures draw from the Far Detector teams and the already established ProtoDUNE-SP team… To get this detector online in the short timescale available, it is important that the collaboration understand how the process will work…

Jen Raaf receives award to build gaseous argon prototype

Jen Raaf works on the readout plane of a neutrino detector. Photo: Reidar Hahn

On May 3 the Department of Energy announced that DUNE collaborator Jen Raaf is a recipient of the prestigious DOE Early Career Research Award. She will receive $2.5 million, distributed over five years, to fund the construction of a detector that could help scientists better distinguish multiple, nearly simultaneous neutrino interactions from one another. It will also allow better visualization of neutrino interactions…

Cryo, chips and cables

On April 14 the cryogenics systems for ProtoDUNE were finalized and reviewed at CERN in conjunction with the cryogenics systems for the SBND program. The cold electronics team plans to submit the (reviewed) ADC ASIC design to MOSIS in May. We will use this chip design for the first APA tests at CERN. The team also identified a good cold cable candidate, produced by Samtec, for the long cables required by the DUNE far detector…

Enticing European Experimenters

Eckhard Elsen, Director of Research at CERN. Credit: CERN

As part of our efforts to promote international participation in the DUNE collaboration, we organized a Europe-focused meeting for the 7th and 8th April at CERN. The CERN Research Director, Eckhard Elsen, welcomed seventy scientists from thirteen European nations, including several existing DUNE collaborators… The lively and constructive discussions that took place during the meeting demonstrated a great deal of interest and a number of new groups are considering joining DUNE…

The 35-ton inspires design improvements

Interior of the 35-ton prototype, showing the APA at the back, the photon detection system behind it, and the surrounding field cage. Photo: R.Hahn, Fermilab

The 35-ton prototype’s second data run has proven quite valuable in the development of the DUNE detector technologies… Despite observed noise in the TPC readout electronics during data-taking — and an external tubing failure that caused oxygen contamination of the liquid argon, cutting the run short — the collected measurements have already inspired improvements to carry forward…

Summer is conference time

The big summer 2016 conferences

The two highest-profile conferences for neutrino and particle physics – that only take place in even years—are coming up this summer. Neutrino 2016 will be held in London from July 4-9 and the ICHEP 2016 will take place from August 3-10 in Chicago… In addition, many smaller, often more topical conferences, are keen on learning more about DUNE and its physics capabilities…

DUNE: 2016 a year of growth

DUNE co-spokesperson Mark Thomson in Fermilab's ROC West control room

We are on the verge of launching the next major particle physics project! Approval for far site excavation will be a major step, marking the start of the LBNF construction project. In parallel, preparation for the construction of the two large-scale prototypes at CERN is in full swing. Looking further ahead, on the timescale of… Continue reading DUNE: 2016 a year of growth

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… Continue reading Report from the DUNE-US Project Manager