Fermilab’s Alex Romanenko unlocks hidden secrets for improving SRF cavities

Fermilab’s Alex Romanenko recently unlocked secrets hidden beneath the mirror-smooth surface of niobium superconducting radiofrequency (SRF) cavities that may hold the key to the success of future linear colliders. Romanenko’s discovery, which was carried out as part of his doctoral thesis at Cornell University, has earned him “The Particle Accelerator Science and Technology Award” from the Nuclear Plasma and Science Society, part of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

Fire breaks out in Soudan mine

Fermilab Today reported on March 21 that a mine shaft fire that began in the Soudan Underground Mine last Thursday now appears to be out, though officials are unsure whether detectors for the MINOS experiment and the Cryogenic Dark Matter Experiment were damaged.