The Physics Division hosted an event on September 26 to honor the memory of longtime lab physicist and UC Berkeley physics professor J.D. Jackson. The event concluded with the dedication of a new interaction space, the J. D. Jackson Discussion Room. Go here for more on the event, including photos, agenda, and additional details.
A simple question from his wife, “Does physics really allow people to travel back in time?” propelled Lab physicist Richard Muller on a quest to resolve a fundamental problem that had puzzled him throughout his 45-year career: Why does the arrow of time flow inexorably toward the future, constantly creating new “nows”? That quest resulted in his new book “Now: The Physics of Time.” More>
LUX-ZEPLIN, an ultrasensitive dark matter detector, has cleared a major approval milestone and is on track to begin its mile-deep hunt for theoretical particles known as WIMPs in 2020. WIMPs are among the top prospects for explaining dark matter, the unseen stuff that we have observed only through gravitational effects. More>
Marcus Lehmann — with Cyclotron Road’s CalWave project — will lead an interdisciplinary instrumentation colloquium on Wednesday, Sept. 28, from noon to 1 p.m., in the Building 50 Auditorium. Attendees may bring their lunch to the event. Live video streaming will be available. More>
Lofgren, who died on Sept. 6, played key roles in many projects throughout the Lab’s history. He was a close associate of E.O. Lawrence, and chief physicist for the development, construction, and operation of the Bevatron. He also served as associate laboratory director, and was the first director of the Accelerator Division. He retired in 1979. More>
The 9 a.m. to noon event in the Building 50 Auditorium will recognize the contributions of John David “J.D.” Jackson — physicist, teacher, and author — to the Lab and physics community. Jackson, who wrote the popular book “Classical Electrodynamics,” died May 20 at the age of 91. Go here to view a list of speakers, and here for information on a Sept. 24 memorial service.
Edward Lofgren (2nd from right), a physicist hired by E.O Lawrence who worked on an early isotope-separating cyclotron, participated in the Manhattan Project, and oversaw the operation of the Bevatron accelerator as its first director when the antiproton was discovered there, died Sept. 5, at the age of 102. A full obit, including memorial service details, will appear in TABL in the coming days.
Located deep beneath a mountain in Italy and containing 1,650 pounds of tellurium dioxide crystals, CUORE will search for a never-before-seen particle transformation that could explain the abundance of matter in the universe. The Lab is a member of the collaboration.
The science museum’s “After Dark” Thursday night series will focus on “spin” during its Sept. 1 event, which will feature talks by Lab physicists. Carl Haber will discuss digitally mapping old recordings to recover lost sounds at 7:30 p.m., and Robert Cahn will talk on “Spin and the Quantum Rules for Apartment Rentals” at 8:30 p.m., both in the Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery. More>
DESI (Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument) — a 3-D sky-mapping project led by Berkeley Lab that will measure the light of millions of galaxies and explore the nature of dark energy — has received approval to move forward with construction, which is scheduled to begin next year. Observations will start in January 2019. More>