Today at Berkeley Lab

Seminar on International Atomic Energy Agency’s Technical Challenges and Needs on Sept. 24

Dimitri Finker from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Ron Webster from the United States Support Program in the International Safeguards Project Office at Brookhaven National Laboratory will present at 1 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24, in the Building 50 Auditorium. More>

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First Particle Tracks Seen in Prototype for an International Neutrino Experiment

The largest liquid-argon neutrino detector in the world has just recorded its first particle tracks, signaling the start of a new chapter in the story of the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE). DUNE’s scientific mission is dedicated to unlocking the mysteries of neutrinos, the most abundant (and most mysterious) matter in the universe. More>

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Lab Teams Are Gordon Bell Prize Finalists

Among the finalists for the prestigious Gordon Bell Prize are two Berkeley Lab teams who are using the “Summit” supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Lab. Prabhat plans to use AI software to predict how extreme weather is likely to change in the future. André Walker-Loud and Pavlos Vranas are developing improved algorithms to help predict the lifetime of neutrons and answer fundamental questions about the universe. More>

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Gamma Rays, Watch Out: There’s a New Detector in Town

With funding from an Early Career LDRD award announced last year, Heather Crawford (Nuclear Science Division) and her research team are developing a prototype for an ultrahigh-rate high-purity germanium (HPGe) detector that can count 2 to 5 million gamma rays per second while maintaining high resolution, allowing them to accurately measure the energy spectrum under extreme conditions. More>

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APS to Announce Barbara Jacak as Winner of Bonner Prize

Barbara Jacak, director of the Nuclear Science Division, has been notified that she will receive the 2019 Tom W. Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics from the American Physical Society. She was honored for her “leadership in the discovery and characterization of the quark-gluon plasma, especially her contributions to the PHENIX experiment and its explorations of jets as probes.” She’ll receive the award at the March 2019 APS annual meeting.

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Long-Sought Decay of Higgs Boson Observed

Six years after its discovery, the Higgs boson has at last been observed decaying to fundamental particles known as bottom quarks. The finding, presented by the ATLAS and CMS collaborations at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), is consistent with the hypothesis that the all-pervading quantum field behind the Higgs boson also gives mass to the bottom quark. Berkeley Lab is part of the ATLAS collaboration. More>

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Gary Binder Wins Global Neutrino Network Dissertation Prize

Gary Binder, a researcher with the Nuclear Science Division, has won the Global Neutrino Network dissertation prize for his work on “Measurements of the Flavor Composition and Inelasticity Distribution of High-Energy Neutrino Interactions in IceCube.” The prize recognizes young postdoctoral candidates who have written an outstanding thesis and contributed significantly to the Global Neutrino Network. More>

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Instrumentation Colloquium on Searching for Dark Matter Axions

Gianpaolo Carosi of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will speak on “Searching for Dark Matter Axions with the ADMS Experiment” on Wednesday, Aug. 29, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. More>

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IceCube Neutrinos Point to Long-Sought Cosmic Ray Accelerator

An international team of scientists has found the first evidence of a source of high-energy cosmic neutrinos, ghostly subatomic particles that can travel unhindered for billions of light-years from the most extreme environments in the universe to Earth. Go here for a Q&A on this discovery with Lab neutrino researcher Spencer Klein. More>

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Two Poets and a Particle Accelerator

Two visiting poets – Kate Greene, a former Berkeley Lab science writer who is an author, essayist, journalist, and poet; and fellow poet, writer, and science enthusiast Anastasios Karnazes – drew inspiration from an overnight stay at Berkeley Lab’s 88-Inch Cyclotron June 14-15. More>

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