Today at Berkeley Lab

Measurements Suggest ‘Antineutrino Anomaly’ Fueled by Modeling Error

Results from a new study involving Berkeley Lab scientists could explain a mismatch between predictions and recent measurements of ghostly particles streaming from nuclear reactors — the so-called “reactor antineutrino anomaly” that has puzzled physicists since 2011. More>

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How to Make a Discovery…a Dance Between Theory and Experiment

For particle physicists, says Lab physicist Robert Cahn, the scientific method isn’t so much going from hypothesis to conclusion, but rather “an exploration in which we measure with as much precision as possible a variety of quantities that we hope will reveal something new.” More>

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March 29 Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Colloquium

Soren Prestemon of the Lab’s Engineering Division will speak on “The Berkeley Center for Magnet Technology” from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. The center integrates accelerator physicists and magnet researchers, magnet design engineers, and fabrication teams, to foster the development and reliable delivery of new magnet technology. More>

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New Study Maps Space Dust in 3-D

A new Berkeley Lab-led study provides detailed 3-D views of space dust in the Milky Way, which could help us understand the properties of this dust and how it affects views of distant objects. The study was led by Edward Schlafly, a Hubble Fellow in the Physics Division. More>

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Attention Earthlings: Help Wanted in Finding a New Planet

Research for a Berkeley Lab-led dark energy experiment benefits a citizen science project that seeks the public’s help in the hunt for a hypothesized Neptune-like Planet Nine. More>

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Lab Physicists Receive ATLAS Collaboration Thesis Awards

Miguel Arratia and Benjamin Nachman were honored at CERN with the ATLAS Thesis Award 2016 for their “outstanding contributions to ATLAS in the context of a Ph.D. thesis.” More>

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Feb. 22 Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Colloquium

Jin-Woo Han (NASA Ames), and Stersky Zolan, Rick Kwan, and John Sokol of Nano Devices Corp., will speak on “Gate All Around Vacuum Channel Transistor and Applications” from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. More>

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Alan Clark, Former Lab Senior Scientist, Dies at 78 

Alan Roderick Clark — who worked on experiments at the Bevatron, Fermilab, and SLAC that later enabled the first observations of the top quark and charmed particles produced by muons — died after a short illness on Jan. 29 at age 78. More>

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Next-Gen Dark Matter Detector in a Race to Finish Line

The race is on to build the most sensitive U.S.-based experiment designed to directly detect dark matter particles. Department of Energy officials have formally approved a key construction milestone that will propel the project toward its April 2020 goal for completion. More>

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Jan. 25 Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Colloquium

Ramsey Badawi, with the Division of Nuclear Medicine at UC Davis, will speak on “Explorer: Changing the Molecular Imaging Paradigm with Total-Body PER” from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. Badawi’s research is focused on translational imaging, with emphasis on PET and other radiotracer techniques. More>

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