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A delegation from IN2P3 visits Fermilab

A delegation of five members from the CNRS National Institute of Nuclear Physics and Particle Physics, led by Reynald Pain, director of IN2P3, visited the US Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory on 2 September. Fermilab Director Lia Merminga and Whitney Begner, Deputy Director of the DOE’s Fermi Site Office, welcomed visitors.

A delegation from the National Institute of Nuclear Physics and Particle Physics in France visited Fermilab on September 2. From left to right: Berrie Giebels, deputy director of IN2P3; Hema Ramamoorthi, director of international engagements at Fermilab; Arnaud Lucotte, scientific director IN2P3 for accelerators; Reynald Pain, director of IN2P3; Lia Merminga, director of Fermilab; Whitney Begner, Deputy Chief of the DOE Fermi Site Office; Marcella Grasso, IN2P3 scientific director for nuclear physics and its applications; and Laurent Vacavant, scientific director of IN2P3 for particle and hadron physics. Photo: Tom Nicol, Fermilab

The delegation met with Fermilab management and scientists to discuss the IN2P3-Fermilab collaboration in the accelerator and neutrino programs. Visitors also got an insight into the lab’s quantum research, scientific computing efforts, and theoretical programs. IN2P3 is a major partner in the PIP-II particle accelerator project and the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, hosted by Fermilab.

Donato Passarelli (from right), Michael Geelhoed and Rich Stanek give the IN2P3 delegation an overview of the PIP-II particle accelerator project at Fermilab. French institutions have made valuable contributions to the development and testing of SSR2 superconducting cavities for PIP-II. Photo: Tom Nicol, Fermilab

The IN2P3 delegation also met virtually with Harriet Kung, Deputy Director of Science Programs in the DOE’s Office of Science and Acting Associate Director of the DOE’s Office of High Energy Physics. She thanked the delegation for its continued support and the substantial contribution of key technologies in the neutrino and accelerator programs.

French visitors listen to Thomas Strauss (right), who highlights Fermilab’s contributions to upgrading the Large High-Luminosity Hadron Collider. Photo: Tom Nicol, Fermilab

“IN2P3’s collaboration with Fermilab and their contributions to PIP-II and DUNE are examples of the importance of international partnerships in advancing accelerator technologies and global neutrino research,” said Merminga.

The delegation spent the day at Fermilab talking with scientists and visiting various research facilities. The visit allowed the delegation to see the progress of the LBNF/DUNE neutrino project and the PIP-II particle accelerator project. The tour included Fermilab’s work on superconducting cavities for PIP-II as well as superconducting magnets for the Large High-Luminosity Hadron Collider upgrade; assembly of the short-baseline neutrino detector and work on the upgrade of the CMS detector at the LHC. Visitors also toured the Center for Superconducting Quantum Materials and Systems.

Frank Chlebana (right), Deputy Head of the Particle Physics Division at Fermilab, briefs French visitors on Fermilab’s work on the CMS experiment at CERN and highlights opportunities for joint research and development efforts to the design of future high-energy particle colliders. Photo: Tom Nicol, Fermilab

In addition to Director Pain, IN2P3 delegates present at the visit included Deputy Director Berrie Giebels; Laurent Vacavant, Scientific Director for Particle and Hadron Physics; Arnaud Lucotte, scientific director accelerators, detectors and technology; and Marcella Grasso, scientific director of nuclear physics and applications.

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