Today at Berkeley Lab

July 27 Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Colloquium

Anton Tremsin of the Space Sciences Laboratory will discuss “High Resolution Particle Counting Detectors with Microchannel Plates and Their Applications in Materials Research, Astrophysics, Biomedical Imaging and Synchrotron Instrumentation” at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium. The event will be live streamed. More>

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July 26 Special Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Colloquium

Peter Ledochowitsch of the Allen Institute for Brain Science will discuss “Multimodal, Multi Scale Tools for Neuroscience: A Call to Arms for Physicists and Engineers” at noon in the Building 50 Auditorium. The talk will be live streamed. More>

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World’s Most Sensitive Dark Matter Detector Completes Search

LUX collaborators presented the results from the detector’s final 20-month run from October 2014 to May 2016. LUX’s sensitivity far exceeded the original expectations of the experiment. These new limits on dark matter detection will allow scientists to eliminate many potential models for dark matter particles, offering critical guidance for next-generation dark matter experiments. More>

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June 29 Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Colloquium

Colin Ophus of the Molecular Foundry will speak on “New Kinds of Four-Dimensional Scanning Diffraction Experiments in Transmission Electron Microscopy Enabled by High-Speed Direct Electron Detectors” from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. More>

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Researchers Gear Up Galaxy-seeking Robots for a Test Run

A prototype system that will test a planned array of 5,000 robots for a sky-mapping instrument is taking shape at Berkeley Lab. Dubbed ProtoDESI, the scaled-down, 10-robot system will run through a series of tests on a telescope in Arizona from August-September. More>

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Prototype of LUX-ZEPLIN Dark Matter Detector Tested at SLAC

Prototyping of a new, ultrasensitive “eye” for dark matter is making rapid progress at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory: Researchers and engineers have installed a small-scale version of the future LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) detector to test, develop and troubleshoot various aspects of its technology. Berkeley Lab is a LUX-ZEPLIN collaborator. More>

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Hunting for Dark Matter’s ‘Hidden Valley’

Kathryn Zurek realized a decade ago we may be searching in the wrong places for clues to the unsolved mystery of dark matter. Despite making up 85 percent of the total mass of the universe, we haven’t yet figured out what it’s made of. Now, thanks to extraordinary improvements in experimental sensitivity, “we increasingly know where not to look,” she says. More>

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May 25 Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Colloquium

Harry Martz of Livermore Lab will speak on “An Update on Non-Destructive Evaluation Techniques Used to Defend the U.S. Homeland” from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. More>

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Berkeley Lab Hosts DESI CD-3 Project Review

An international panel of scientists, experts, and observers gathered May 17-19 at Berkeley Lab to participate in a major DOE review of the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), a Lab-led project designed to probe the mysteries of dark energy by measuring the distance to galaxies and quasars, and to create a 3-D map of the universe. More>

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In Memoriam: Retired Physicist Jeremy Lys (1938-2016)

Lys passed away earlier this month from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. In 1993 he began particle physics research at Berkeley Lab, joining the group working on the CDF experiment at Fermilab. Later he contributed to the preparation of the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. He left the Lab in 2013. More>

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