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Planning for BaBar Beyond 2008
Safety Today: Construction Areas
HEPAP Subpanel Town Hall Meeting

SLAC Today

Tuesday - January 2, 2007

BaBar Looks Ahead

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The BaBar collaboration is looking ahead to the years after the data taking phase of the experiment ends, developing a plan for analyzing the treasure trove of physics gathered in nearly 10 years of running.

"On September 30, 2008 when we turn off, we'll have nearly a billion B pairs, a billion tau pairs and a billion charm pair events," said BaBar Spokesman Hassan Jawahery. "We are looking beyond 2008, designing a model of how to get the physics out of this enormous data set."

The collaboration is looking at the list of the top 50 or so core physics topics that must be analyzed and published within 2 to 3 years after data taking ends, because of the role that they play in providing a precise understanding of the Standard Model and their potential impact on the search for new physics. They are also looking into the broader physics program of BaBar, what resources will be needed and how long it will take to extract this physics. A key element of the emerging plan is a vibrant data analysis center at SLAC.

An internal task force chaired by Chris Hearty of University of British Columbia, recently evaluated a model plan and gave their advice to the BaBar management. When the plan is ready, it will be presented to the SLAC management and the BaBar International Finance Committee, a group that considers the financial needs of the collaboration.

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Construction Safety

LCLS construction continues

Welcome back to SLAC! As everyone slowly filters back into work, we find a lab under construction. Significant work for LCLS is well underway near the Collider Hall and in the Research Yard. In addition, Building 40 is being remodeled to accommodate more offices. Additional projects are still to come.

During this time of change, please be aware of your surroundings. Follow posted instructions and only enter construction areas if you have specific authorization. Proper protective gear may also be required, including a hard hat, long pants, and steel-toed boots. But no matter what protective clothing you wear, please remember to stay out of construction areas unless authorized to enter and, for LCLS construction areas, escorted by a member of the Turner Construction Company.

HEPAP Subpanel
Town Hall Meeting

On January 8 and 9, the University Grants Program High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (HEPAP) Subpanel will meet at SLAC. An important part of two-day agenda will be a Town Hall Meeting on Monday, January 8 from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. in the Research Office Building's Redwood Room.

During this public session, the subpanel would like to encourage input from the university community on all issues related to Department of Energy (DOE) and National Science Foundation (NSF) university programs for support of particle physics and particle astrophysics. This will be followed by an informal reception from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m., where interactions with committee members can continue.

The subpanel is charged with a broad review of the NSF and DOE University Grants Programs, including the overall goal, scope and quality of the university program, and the relevance to the national and international effort in high energy physics. They are assessing the appropriateness of the distribution of university researchers, as well as financial and technical resources. In addition, the committee is looking at the present structure for university funding and the management of the program, including its impact on the broader community. Further information can be found here.

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