Today at Berkeley Lab

A Supercool Component for a Next-Generation Dark Matter Experiment

A large titanium cryostat designed to keep its contents chilled to minus 148 degrees has completed its journey from Europe to South Dakota, where it will become part of a next-generation dark matter detector for the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) experiment. More>

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A New Website for a New Dark Energy-Hunting Instrument

DESI, the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument now under construction at the Mayall Telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona, has a new website. Go here to follow project progress, view photos and videos, learn about the science of DESI, and meet members of its Lab-led international collaboration.

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Lab’s Heather Gray Wins IUPAP Young Scientist Award

The International Union of Pure and Applied Physics announced their Young Scientist Prize winners, and among recipients in the “Particle and Fields” section is ATLAS researcher Heather Gray. She was recognized for her “strong role in the searches and initial measurements of Higgs boson interactions with quarks.” More>

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Vote for Your Favorite Photos From Two Lab Contests

Earlier this year, the Lab hosted a Physics Photowalk competition as well as an employee photo contest. Judges have selected the top 10 photos from each contest, and employees are invited to vote for their top three as part of the “People’s Choice” award. Go here to view and vote for photos entered into the employee contest, and here to vote for crowd favorites in the Physics Photowalk competition. The voting deadline is July 20.

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Physics Division Hosts QuarkNet Workshop

The Physics Division recently hosted the twelfth “Physics In and Through Cosmology” workshop for physics teachers and highly motivated high school students with an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Thirty-five students and thirteen teachers from throughout the Bay Area participated in the five-day workshop.

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June 27 Instrumentation Talk on Ultrathin Free-Flowing Liquid Sheets

Jake Koralek of the Linac Coherent Light Source at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory will discuss the “Generation of Ultrathin Free-Flowing Liquid Sheets” on June 27, from noon to 1 p.m., in the Building 50 Auditorium. The talk is part of the Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Colloquium series. More>

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Berkeley Lab Physicist Wins 2018 URA Tollestrup Award

Richard Bonventre of the Lab’s Physics Division recently won the 2018 Universities Research Association (URA) Tollestrup Award for his work on the Mu2e experiment, which is based at DOE’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. The award recognizes outstanding postdoctoral research done at Fermilab or in collaboration with Fermilab scientists. More>

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Carl Haber Awarded ‘Aldo Menzione’ Prize for Detector Development

On May 31, the Frontier Detectors for Frontier Physics Association awarded Lab physicist Carl Haber the 2018 Aldo Menzione Prize at the 2018 Pisa Meeting on Advanced Detectors in recognition of his distinguished contributions to detector technique development. More>

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‘Lift Off’ Makes Room for the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument

Crews working at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona, on June 14 removed the top end of the Mayall Telescope, and brought in a new ring that will be mounted atop the telescope for the Lab-led Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument project. Go here to see a slideshow of the ring delivery. (Credit: National Optical Astronomy Observatory)

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Lab Research Shines Bright in Large Hadron Collider Upgrade

A groundbreaking ceremony took place in Geneva, Switzerland today to celebrate the start of civil engineering work for the High-Luminosity Large Hadron Collider (HL-LHC) at CERN. When complete, the HL-LHC will produce five to seven times more proton-proton collisions than the currently operating LHC. Researchers from the Lab’s Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics, Engineering, and Physics divisions are contributing to the work. More>

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