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Themistoklis Mastoridis Named Toohig Fellow
LARP Collaboration Meeting Begins Today
Colloquium Today: The Dawn of Neutrino Geophysics

SLAC Today

Monday - November 1, 2010

Themistoklis Mastoridis Named Toohig Fellow

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Toohig Fellow Themistoklis Mastoridis in the LHC control room. (Image courtesy Themistoklis Mastoridis.)

Congratulations to SLAC researcher Themistoklis Mastoridis, who has been named a Toohig Fellow by the LHC Accelerator Research Program. Along with this year's other Toohig Fellow, Simon White, who recently earned his doctorate from the University of Paris at Orsay, Mastoridis will receive funding to conduct postdoctoral research in accelerator science related to CERN's Large Hadron Collider for the next two to three years.

"This fellowship is very exciting," said Mastoridis, who completed his doctorate at SLAC last August. "It gives me a lot of freedom as to what I want to work on and who I get to work with. I look forward to working with the very bright people at SLAC, LBL [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory] and CERN in the coming years."  Read more...

LARP Collaboration Meeting Begins Today

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Nan Phinney (far left) and Tom Markiewicz (third from left) stand with CERN colleagues next to a dipole magnet at the LHC. (Photo courtesy Tom Markiewicz.)

Today, SLAC welcomes onsite members of the U.S. LHC Accelerator Research Program, or LARP, to the 15th LARP Collaboration Meeting, CM15. With the Large Hadron Collider now successfully gathering data, efforts to improve its function are entering a new phase. During CM15, nearly 50 representatives from LARP member laboratories Brookhaven National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and SLAC will meet with representatives from CERN and the Department of Energy to determine how the U.S. collaboration can best aid in improving the performance of the LHC.

SLAC has already made significant contributions to the LHC. SLAC projects include the development of a rotating collimator to remove "halo" particles from the proton beam, as well as providing assistance with LHC beam diagnostics and the LHC Low-Level RF system, which monitors the radio waves responsible for speeding up particles in the giant particle collider's beam. Read more...

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Colloquium Today: The Dawn of Neutrino Geophysics

Today at 4:15 p.m. in Panofsky Auditorium, Stanford University Physics Professor Giorgio Gratta will present a colloquium, "Neutrinos from Hell: the Dawn of Neutrino Geophysics." The colloquium is free and open to all.

Seismic waves have been for a long time the only messenger reporting on the conditions deep inside the earth. While global seismology provides amazing details about the structure of our planet, it is sensitive only to the mechanical properties of rocks and not to their chemical composition. In the last five years, the experiments KamLAND and Borexino have started measuring anti-neutrinos produced by uranium and thorium inside the earth. Such "geoneutrinos" double the number of tools available to study the earth's interior, enabling a sort of global chemical analysis of the planet, albeit for two elements only. Gratta will discuss the results of these new measurements and put them in the context of the earth sciences.

Gratta's research interests focus on neutrino particle–astrophysics, and include experimental particle and nuclear physics. He joined the Stanford faculty in 1995, and was previously a research fellow at the California Institute for Technology and the Italian Institute for Nuclear Research.

Next Monday, November 8, Jens Nørskov, director of the new Center for Sustainable Energy through Catalysis at SLAC, will present "Catalyst for Sustainable Energy."

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