Particle Post   February 2013

"We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another." Lucretius



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Note from the Chair Thomas Roser

Thomas Roser

As you heard from a lab e-mail and an e-mail I sent to C-AD staff last week a NSAC sub-panel ("Tribble panel") reaffirmed the vitality and importance of nuclear physics, very much including the RHIC physics program, for at least the next five years, but ranked RHIC last in case federal budgets are too small to support all three NP facilities. The report states that this ranking is not based on science and strongly recommends that all three facilities should and could move forward with a modest increase in funding.


I hope you could attend the all-hands meeting last Friday with Doon Gibbs, Berndt Mueller (NPP ALD) and Tim Hallman, Assoc. Director of the DOE Office for Nuclear Physics. During the meeting Tim Hallman expressed the strong support and commitment by DOE for continuing funding for RHIC. Federal budgets are still quite uncertain but there are signs that things are improving, that the president's budget request for 2014 is quite positive for Nuclear Physics and, as you might have read in Newsday, there is strong congressional support to increase federal support for Nuclear Physics. In the meantime preparations for Run-13 are progressing very well. Especially in these times of increased stress I would like to urge everybody to continue to focus on safe work practices.


I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Pam Manning for her excellent work editing the Particle Post for the last 9 years. Due to her efforts the Particle Post has become central to the C-AD family. Caitlin Scholl will be the new editor and I thank her for taking on this important task.




Administration Stephanie LaMontagne-McKeon

Stephanie LaMontage

“Watch the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves” (Benjamin Franklin)



In FY 2012, monthly cost for RHIC Operations varied from a low of ~$7M in October 2011 to a high of nearly $13M in September 2012.  Of the $125M expensed in FY 2012, the infrastructure cost including space, waste management, building power, Health Physics support, instrument calibration, vehicles and communications is more than $20M. 


As we await news on the FY 2013 DOE budget and struggle to operate with flat budgets, it is well worth our effort to review our infrastructure cost and make cuts where possible. C-AD’s communications cost is nearly $1,000,000 annually and I believe that it is possible to reduce that amount with minimal effort and no impact on operations.


Our December bill included monthly fees and usage charges for 1,051 land lines and 107 cell phones. A fixed monthly fee of $65 is charged for each physical phone. With BNL overhead that reflects a cost of $93 per month or $1.1K per year. Usage charges may increase that cost. 


Please take note of the telephones in your work area.  More than 400 of the $1,051 land lines are located in unoccupied areas throughout the complex.   While many are necessary for the safety of our workforce, I believe the number can be reduced.  A reduction of only 10% of the physical units located in open areas would generate a savings of nearly $50K annually.


Please contact Paul Sparrow with the location and extension of any telephone you believe can be removed without compromising the efficiency or safety of operations.





Accelerator Division Wolfram Fischer

Wolfram Fischer

We are ready to start the 4K cool-down in RHIC on 11 February 2013. The run starts with 255 GeV polarized protons, and budgets permitting may include a low-energy Au-Au portion at the end. Polarized proton beam has already been accelerated in the AGS with the Westinghouse Motor-Generator. Meanwhile the Siemens motor rotor was repaired and is back. We plan to switch to the Siemens Motor-Generator on 6 February 2013. Anatoli Zelenski is commissioning the new polarized source, and we will use it for the upcoming run. Vahid Ranjbar, the RHIC Run Coordinator, found a lattice that which could lead to better polarization transmission during acceleration. This lattice is based on modifications that were needed for the RHIC electron lenses. These are still under installation, and we are now closing up the vacuum system. With all preparations we have a good chance to exceed last year’s performance in both polarization and luminosity.

Meanwhile BLIP operation is proceeding, and the NSRL run for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) started on 28 January. The run will continue until 9 February 2013.





Experimental Support & Facilities Division Phil Pile

Phil Pile

We began Run 13 with the start of RHIC cool down to 4K on 11 Feb, on schedule even though the weather was terrible!  As of this morning the Blue and Yellow Rings are at liquid helium temperature and almost ready for power supply work. We expect to be able to inject into the Blue Ring by this weekend.  The budget for this year is still not settled but we are forging ahead with a plan to run at least 15 weeks. The run plan has changed a bit with the elimination of the special pp2pp run for STAR – “to save resources in preparation for the run”,  to quote our new Associate Director for Nuclear and Particle Physics, Berndt Mueller. Our primary focus this year is 255 x 255 GeV polarized protons. If the budget allows and we reach our goals for the pp run we intend to end the run with a low energy gold-gold run.


Both the STAR and PHENIX experiments are ready to go with PHENIX presently making use of nature’s particle beams (cosmic rays) to shake down their detector systems. STAR should be ready to turn on their systems for cosmic ray tests later today. Installation of new shielding for STAR and PHENIX went down to the last minute as expected but we made it. We are still finishing up with support for the eLens project with close up of the IR shielding set for tomorrow.


NSRL experiments sponsored by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) aimed at studying ways to improve electronics survival in space began on 28 January and finished (with a flurry!) the day before the big snow storm.  NSRL Run13A for NASA is scheduled to start on 18 March and continue through 10 May. Run 13A will be followed after a short break by Run 13B.


BLIP has been running since 17 December and will continue through June and possible into July.




Accelerator R&D Division Ilan Ben-Zvi

Ilan Ben-Zvi

CeC POP experiment: The laser for the photocathode arrived in January and is being prepared to be ship to Niowave for use on the Cathode experiments using the 112MHz superconducting cavity.

The first assembly of the Stalk injection system tool place at the Transfer Engineering Co. in Palo Alto California.


Gatling Gun:

There is evidence that the Gatling Gun XHV cathode preparation chamber has reached a vacuum scale of less than 1 x 10^-12 Torr. Experiments are being planned to confirm this reading.


ERL: Commissioning of the ERL SRF gun without a cathode continues. Up to date we have conditioned the gun to 2 MV in CW mode, which is the original gun specification and a big milestone for the ERL team. Congratulations to everybody, who made this success possible! The gun voltage limit is due to field emission, which we are able to gradually reduce using high RF power pulse processing. The fundamental power couplers can deliver 220 kW in stable CW operation and 400 kW in a pulse mode with 7 ms long RF pulses. Several critical measurements were performed to determine the cavity RF losses, its frequency detuning due to the Lorentz force, sensitivity to helium pressure, and microphonic noise. A new digital LLRF system, similar to those deployed at AGS and RHIC, is performing well, providing very good field amplitude and phase stability. The plan is to install a copper cathode in March to study/condition potential multipacting barriers in the cathode choke region.


VTF: The large Vertical Test Facility (VTF) was successfully cooled down to 4 K for the first time. After debugging few minor issues, the facility will be ready for the first SRF cavity test, which will be an acceptance test of the 56 MHz cavity. Future plans include testing two 500-MHz SRF cavities for NSLS-II, and two 704-MHz 5-cell SRF cavities for CeC PoP.


eRHIC design: PRST-AB journal has announced the eRHIC Special Collection issue, which will contain several papers devoted to the various accelerator physics and technology topics of the eRHIC design. The work on the papers is underway.


LARP: The fabrication of 400 MHz Double Quarter Wave crab cavity prototype with stiffening frame is complete, and the cavity has entered into its chemistry treatment procedure. Before the RF test, the cavity will go through chemical cleaning, high temperature baking, and high pressure rinse, which will be done between BNL and Niowave. Now we are focusing on the first cold test preparation for the cavity. With the SVTF being fully functional, slight modifications are needed for the support of the cavity inside the dewar. At the meantime, CERN is ready for generating the final 3D drawings for the fundamental power coupler for the cavity operation in LHC. The BNL cavity was mentioned, along with two other competing designs, in the recent issue of CERN Courier.






Operations Paul Sampson

Paul Sampson

As the cool down for RHIC Run 13 rapidly approaches, the last work scheduled for Shutdown 12 is wrapping up. Major work in the tunnel is completed in all areas except 10 o’clock, where e-lens work continues and at 2 o’clock, where the installation of the bunch-by-bunch dampers continues.

Recertification of the Access Controls system for RHIC and other RSC check-off items are being addressed and will be ready for sign off next week, before the first beam is scheduled. Cool down in the RHIC is progressing well and start of the “4K wave” is on schedule for on February 11th.

Set up with beam in the pre-injectors continues to make strides. The LINAC continues to run high intensity protons for BLIP as well as polarize protons for AGS setup. The Atomic Beam Source continues to provide polarized beam for LINAC. The EBIS source continues to run well, providing various species for the NRO users who are using the NRSL experimental area. NRO will complete their running period Feb 8th and the NSRL will begin run 13A in March. For initial setup, the AGS main magnet Power Supply has been using the Westinghouse Motor Generator and Operations has been making steady progress with polarization and beam intensity. The Siemens MG set has been repaired and will serve as the primary, with Westinghouse available for a backup. Nominal beam parameters are anticipated for the first days of RHIC setup.

To view a list of the approved work for maintenance days or the shutdown, go the Job Request System and select the appropriate date. This link is behind the firewall and requires privileges to view.  

For schedule updates see: This Week, which can be viewed by all.






Safety Stats


REMINDER:  TLD exchange is done the FIRST FRIDAY of the Month.


EXCHANGE DATE:   FRIDAY, March 2, 2013


Pete Cirniglario



Marion Heimerle, Department Office returned on January 22.



Gladys Blas, Department Office retired on January 31.

Miguel Lopez, Controls Group left the lab on February 1.

Henry Schnakenberg, BLIP Group will be retiring effective March 1

Jordan Ziegler, Machine Operations will be leaving the lab on February 15.


Matthew Vescovi, Vacuum Systems transferred to Photon Sciences effective February 11.





RHIC Newsletter.  Please click on link to the left to view the latest web publication of RHIC News.


We wish all of you born in February
a happy and healthy year ahead. 
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Starting with the next edition of the newsletter Caitlin Scholl will become the new editor of the Particle Post.  It has been a pleasure creating this monthly newsletter, but as my projects expand I don't have the time to spend on the newsletter as I would like.  I am sure everyone will be pleased with the  new format that the newsletter will be in starting with the March issue.  I am also sure everyone is with me wishing Caite 'Good Luck' with her new additional new responsibility.  Stay tuned...


Good Luck Caite!!







Robert (Bobby) Baker,  a Senior Technical Specialist-Electro-Mechanical of Booster/AGS Power Group passed away on January 31, after an illness complication.   Bob joined BNL in 1998.    The wake was held at Robertacchio funeral home in Patchogue on February 3 and the funeral was the next day, February 4.  Anh Pham sent flowers on behalf of the group with a message that stated "Good Bye Bobby, your friends at BNL".  He will be missed.









On the Mark and Set for RHIC Run 13

Cool-down begins at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider

RHIC magnet tunnel

The refrigeration system at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) is humming to life today, beginning cool-down of the magnets in the 2.4-mile-circumference accelerator ring at Brookhaven Lab. Temperatures inside the magnets will ultimately reach a frigid four degrees Kelvin (-452 degrees Fahrenheit) as Run 13 at RHIC gets underway. When collisions begin next week, scientists from Brookhaven and around the world will collect data from particles emerging from the particle smashups to try to solve one of the biggest mysteries of the basic building blocks of matter—the puzzle of the proton’s “missing” spin.

“Recent data from RHIC show for the first time that gluons carry some of the proton’s spin; we now want to find out whether the same is true for antiquarks. RHIC has the unique capability for doing this,” said Berndt Mueller, who was recently named the Associate Laboratory Director for Nuclear and Particle Physics.

Asked about the impact of the recent Nuclear Science Advisory Committee report on the upcoming RHIC run, Mueller said, “We are not letting ourselves get distracted from focusing on Run 13. We have important scientific objectives to reach in this run, and we intend to achieve them safely and as planned.” 

Run 13 is scheduled to continue for 15 weeks, with funding provided by a continuing resolution set to expire in March. More time may be added, depending on how the next federal budget is resolved.

RHIC is the only particle collider operating in the United States, and the only collider in the world where scientists can collide polarized protons—bunches of 100 billion protons all spinning like gyroscopes with their axes aligned in a particular direction. Collisions between two beams of these polarized protons are key to the quest to understand the subatomic components that make up the proton—quarks and gluons—and how those pieces contribute to the proton’s overall spin. RHIC operators will spend most of Run 13 colliding these polarized protons at 255 billion electron volts (GeV) for proton spin research.

Budgets permitting, the operators will also spend a few weeks at the end of the run colliding gold ions at energies of about 15 GeV. These relatively low-energy heavy ion collisions will provide a set of data that should be useful in learning more about how ordinary matter changes to quark-gluon plasma—a phase change that may be similar to how water changes from a liquid to ice or steam under certain conditions.

Protons, Quarks and Gluons Spin—But the Numbers Don’t Add Up

STAR detector

New detector components recently inserted into the heart of STAR will track "heavy flavor" quarks and W bosons to reveal subtle details of conditions created in particle collisions.

The early thought that protons get their spin from their three constituent quarks was proved to be over simplistic many years ago when fixed target experiments revealed that these building blocks account for only about 30 percent of total spin. Scientists have been looking for the missing source of proton spin ever since.

“Protons’ quarks, antiquarks, gluons and other pieces all contribute fractions of the proton’s spin,” explained Jamie Dunlop, a deputy spokesperson for the STAR collaboration, one of the two experiments at RHIC. “If you add everything up, including the motion of the quarks, antiquarks, and gluons, they have to add up to the whole of the proton’s spin. But we don’t know what fraction is in the spin of the antiquarks and gluons, and in the internal motion of all these particles inside the proton.”  

RHIC’s polarized proton collisions were the first to probe the gluons’ role. From these experiments it appears that gluons make a significant contribution, but still not enough to account for all the missing spin. So the search goes on.

“New detectors at both STAR and PHENIX give us the ability to track particles called W bosons that emerge from collisions,” Dunlop said. “These W bosons can be used as probes to quantify spin contributions from a proton’s antiquarks and from different ‘flavors’ of quarks.”

Teasing apart these subtle contributions is essential to help reveal the complexity that resides within one of the most seemingly simple objects on Earth, explained Dave Morrison, a co-spokesperson for the PHENIX collaboration at RHIC.

“Protons are the most simple of all stable states of QCD matter,” he said, referring to matter made of quarks and gluons whose interactions are described by a theory called quantum chromodynamics (QCD). “The equation for QCD can be written in one line, but it’s taken us 40 years of theory and experimentation to get to the point we’re at today,” he said.

“You, I, and the coffee we drink are all made of protons and the quarks and gluons inside them. QCD is not some distant thing that only happens far off in the cosmos. It just takes an amazingly complex machine like RHIC to enable us to see how these components work together.”

Tracking Particles at STAR and PHENIX

PHENIX detector

Using muon detectors contained inside the funnel-shaped sides of the PHENIX experiment, collaborators will study the production of W bosons and learn about how up and down quarks contribute to the spin of the proton.

During Run 13, the STAR collaboration will track W bosons with a forward GEM tracker that was tested during Run 12 and is now ready for serious use. GEM stands for gaseous electron multiplier. The state-of-the-art detector relies not on wires, but sheets of plastic film coated with copper with holes punched in it (like Gore-Tex) to amplify the path and charge of collision debris with accuracy of 100-150 microns—about the width of a hair.

Additionally, muon telescope detector trays at STAR will look for lower-momentum muons produced from decays of other subatomic debris—upsilon and J/psi particles, which offer clues about collision conditions in the heart of STAR. And collaborators will also begin commissioning the Heavy Flavor Tracker, a $15 million major upgrade designed to track heavy quarks.

Photo of forward silicon vertex tracker

Mike Lenz adjusts part of the forward silicon vertex tracker in the PHENIX detector.

Meanwhile, the PHENIX collaboration will use silicon-based forward vertex detectors, tested during Run 12, to identify short-lived particles that are produced and decay within microns of the primary collision.  New electronics were recently installed along with these new detectors to help PHENIX rapidly select those rare collisions that contain muons. Some of these muons come from the decay of W bosons. Using the PHENIX muon detectors, contained inside the funnel-shaped sides of the experiment, collaborators will study the production of W bosons and learn about how up and down quarks contribute to the spin of the proton.

“The new detectors and electronics we tested last year should work extremely well in Run 13,” said Morrison. “The particle signatures we’re looking for are fairly rare, so we have to accumulate a lot of data to do the physics we want to do. With the improvements the Collider-Accelerator Department [C-AD] made last year, we have what we need to take data like crazy from every bit of beam sent our way.”

Collisions, Intensity and Polarization, Courtesy of C-AD

C-AD made a number of improvements to the RHIC accelerator complex during Run 12, some that led to a new world record and three world firsts. For Run 13, C-AD is again working toward superlative performance: high beam intensity with the most polarized protons crammed into the smallest area possible; high luminosity with the highest rate of particles colliding; and the highest degree of polarization as protons race around the RHIC ring.

“We have only about 12 weeks for collisions, so we must attain high luminosity as quickly as possible,” said C-AD Chair Thomas Roser. “We are always working at the edge of what’s really possible. If we’re not, we didn’t explore enough and need to push harder.”

Anatoli Zelenski

Anatoli Zelenski of Brookhaven's Collider-Accelerator Department and the new Optically Pumped Polarized Ion Source (OPPIS), which will pump up the production of polarized protons at RHIC for Run 13.

A new Optically Pumped Polarized Ion Source (OPPIS) will make its debut for Run 13. The OPPIS system uses a laser to polarize negatively charged electrons, which are then attached to protons to which their spin is transferred. The new OPPIS source will produce many more polarized protons than the old one. The new system—designed by Anatoli Zelenski and his team from C-AD and the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics in Russia—took three years to develop and was only commissioned successfully in the weeks leading up to Run 13.

With uncertain federal budgets in the coming years, the future for research at RHIC is unclear. Run 13 is scheduled to begin this Monday, but people who operate RHIC and rely on the data it provides are already thinking about Run 14 and beyond.

Collisions will be put on hold every other Wednesday during the run for accelerator research and development, including testing new technologies such as electron lenses that mitigate the detrimental effects of beam-beam interactions.

“We work constantly to increase luminosity and polarization, so research and development will even continue during the run,” explained C-AD Accelerator Division Head Wolfram Fischer. “There are new, important questions to answer, not to mention records to set and break.” 




Contacts: Peter Genzer, (631) 344-3174

The following is a news release from Brookhaven Science Associates, the company that manages and operates Brookhaven Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.

Brookhaven Science Associates Donates $50,000+ for Superstorm Sandy Relief

Funds will be used to support local disaster relief efforts

UPTON, NY — Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA), the company that manages and operates Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) for the U.S. Department of Energy, will donate $50,000 to support ongoing local disaster relief efforts following Superstorm Sandy. The donation comes from BSA’s two partners — Battelle and Stony Brook University — which will each donate $25,000 on behalf of BSA. In addition to the $50,000 donation, BSA will match dollar-for-dollar all BSA/BNL employee donations up to another $25,000. Donated funds will help support three local organizations:

  • Island Harvest
  • Tri-Hamlet Disaster Relief Organization (supporting the Lab’s neighbors in Mastic, Mastic Beach, and Shirley)
  • Rebuilding Together Long Island

BSA selected these organizations because they are on the front lines of the disaster — working closely with Long Islanders to help with immediate relief needs as well as long-term recovery.

“We’re eager to do what we can to help the Long Island community recover from the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy,” said Ron Townsend, BSA Board Chair and Executive Vice President, Global Laboratory Operations, for Battelle.

“Superstorm Sandy directly affected thousands of Stony Brook University students, faculty and staff and countless others in our community,” said Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., BSA Board Vice-Chair and President of Stony Brook University. “We are deeply committed to helping the recovery effort and applaud those who are inspired to give as a result of this challenge.”

BSA and its employees have already participated in several relief efforts since the storm, helping affected Long Islanders and relief workers during the long recovery process. Immediately following the storm, BSA/BNL housed several dozen out-of-state Federal Emergency Management Agency and National Park Service workers in a Lab dormitory. BSA employees also donated and delivered holiday gifts to displaced families and donated and assembled buckets of cleaning supplies to help residents clean flooded homes. Most recently, BSA employees joined with local community organizations and elected officials for a special waterfront cleanup in Mastic Beach on January 12.

“Our employees have a long history of helping Long Islanders in need, and this donation from the BSA partners will give a real boost to our efforts to help our neighbors recover from this devastating storm, in addition to directly supporting the relief organizations working in these communities,” said Doon Gibbs, Interim Director of Brookhaven Lab.

The BSA donation is being put to immediate use. On January 26, BSA sponsored an emergency hurricane relief food drop in Mastic Beach coordinated by Island Harvest. BSA employees distributed canned and packaged goods and other household essentials to impacted residents.

“We’re very pleased to have the support of Brookhaven Science Associates in our ongoing work to assist Long Islanders in need,” said Nicole Kowaleski, Vice President of Development at Island Harvest. “This partnership will truly help us expand our reach and our ability to make an impact in these hard-hit communities.”

BSA has held the management and operation contract for BNL since 1998. Over the past 14 years it has donated substantial funding to support relief efforts around the globe following disasters that include 9/11, the 2005 southeast Asia tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, the 2008 China earthquake and cyclone in Myanmar, and the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami. 




NOTE: The following message is being sent to the Laboratory community on behalf of Interim Laboratory Director Doon Gibbs. Note to supervisors: Please print or post a copy of this message for any employees who do not have access to email.




Tribble Panel Recommendations on Nuclear Physics Funding


Today, the Department of Energy/National Science Foundation (DOE/NSF) Office of Science Nuclear Science Advisory Committee's (NSAC) Tribble panel presented its recommendations for the future of U.S. nuclear physics research in a constrained budget environment. The panel's report was written in response to a specific charge from the DOE/NSF and is designed to inform tough decisions that those agencies may need to make over the next several years, depending on Congressional budgets. DOE/NSF requested the report since it is not clear that all three of the large nuclear science facilities either operating (RHIC at BNL), undergoing an upgrade (CEBAF 12 GeV at Jefferson Lab), or planned (FRIB at Michigan State University) can continue under two scenarios, the first involving flat-flat budgets for the next five years and the second involving increases for inflation over the same timeframe.


The panel found that neither budget scenario is sufficient to permit all three facilities to continue, and describes the devastating impacts to science and the resulting loss of U.S. leadership in nuclear science if any of the projects is stopped. Assuming that no other alternatives are possible, the report then identifies early termination of RHIC operations as its recommendation.


Considering the devastating impact of these two scenarios on U.S. nuclear science, the Tribble panel also discussed a third scenario, involving "modest budget increases." Under this scenario, work at all three facilities continues, although with reduced running at RHIC and CEBAF. The panel unanimously agreed this is the preferable scenario for U.S. nuclear science, as it would allow the nation to maintain its world leadership in the three largest subfields of nuclear physics.


It is important to note that the recommendations of the Tribble panel, even when adopted by NSAC, are strictly advisory and do not compel DOE/NSF to follow a specific course of action. Neither the FY13 nor the FY14 budgets has yet been approved, nor has the DOE made its final decisions concerning its long-term priorities in nuclear science. RHIC's long-term prospects will most likely be decided in a process that will play out over the next few budget cycles (one to two years).


The Laboratory will continue to work closely with the DOE to advocate for continued RHIC operations, followed by a transition to an electron-ion collider sited at Brookhaven (eRHIC) in the next decade. An important step here is the DOE Office of Science's Lehman review of RHIC operations costs planned for next summer.


We can expect the strong support of our elected officials in Washington, D.C., and will be working with them to maintain scientific productivity and avoid hundreds of job losses.


I have also been in touch with the directors at Jefferson Lab and FRIB and we have agreed to work together for the modest increases described unanimously as the preferable scenario in the report.


Although the Tribble report paints a sobering perspective for nuclear physics, it is important to keep in mind that the final decisions have not been made nor are the outcomes prescribed. It does mean that we will have to continue to live with uncertainty about a significant portion of the Laboratory's science program in the near term. I recognize and regret the anxiety this causes. It is a part of the constrained budget world we live in today, and reflects the larger challenges science faces across the board in our country.


All of this said, we believe that RHIC science, past and future, is compelling and essential both for the DOE mission as well as for U.S. leadership in nuclear physics - and the Tribble report strongly reflects that view.  We will continue to advocate for science, for RHIC and for BNL in all that we do.


I will arrange for an open meeting to discuss the situation in more detail very soon. We will stay in close touch with all of you as we learn more about this evolving situation.


- Doon Gibbs

Interim Laboratory Director





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Once again, I'd like to thank everyone at C-AD for your continued support, donations and contributions that you so freely give to the Food Drive throughout the year.  It means a lot to so many families.

If everyone can bring in at least one non-perishable food item, this would help the local food pantries in our area.  There are so many families who are in need of food and depend on their local food pantry to have at least one meal a day.  With the food supply so low, the volunteer’s who help out at our local food pantries can’t help those in need.  So please…………………bring whatever you can to replenish the food supply for those in need.

Your donation of any non-perishable food item can be left in the box marked “Food Drive” located in the 911A Lobby.  

Your continued support is appreciated.

Thank you.

Anne Marie Luhrs


Welcome to BERA

Brookhaven Employees' Recreation Association

BERA Homepage

BERA Events

Reservations, Cancellations & Rules for Participation
• Paid reservations are required for all trips listed below. They can be made at the BERA Store located in Berkner (Bldg 488), Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm.
• All tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE and are for those 21 years and older unless accompanied by BNL employee/parent.
• BERA may limit the number of tickets per person during the first week of sales.
• BERA trips are a BNL benefit and tickets are for BNL employees, those with guest appointments, and their families only.
Rules for Participation on BERA Trips  ~  Questions, please call ext 2873.

Saturday, Feb 23, 2013

Watson Adventure ~ The Murder in Grand Central Scavenger hunt! 
Can you deduce WHO DUNIT?! This very popular hunt will take place inside Grand Central Terminal on Park Avenue! Teams search for answers to tricky questions and solve clues (as opposed to collecting objects). Max 50 people, $50 per person includes tips, luxury bus, and professional Scavenger Hunt. Coach bus leaves Brookhaven Center at 9am, with free time, and leave NY at 4pm.  NOT suitable for children under 12.  More details.
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  Friday, March 1, 2013

  Names still being accepted for waiting list.

NY NETS @ Brooklyn (NEW Barclays Center facility) vs. Dallas. Tickets are $75 per person for Section 212 and an 8pm game. The coach bus will leave Brookhaven Center at 5pm and leave after the game at about 10pm.

To make your reservations with payment, please go to the BERA Store (M-F, 9a-3p). All tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE and are for those 21 years and older unless accompanied by BNL employee/parent. Tickets and arrangements are for the benefit of BNL/BSA employees, users, guests and their families.
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  Saturday, March 2, 2013

Philadelphia Flower Show - The coach bus will depart from Brookhaven Center at 8am (the show opens at 11am), leave the show at 6pm.  Tickets are $48 per person. Due to the length of the day, this trip is NOT suitable for young children.  More details.

To make your reservations with payment, please go to the BERA Store (M-F, 9a-3p). All tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE and are for those 21 years and older unless accompanied by BNL employee/parent. Tickets and arrangements are for the benefit of BNL/BSA employees, users, guests and their families.
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  Monday, March 18, 2013

BERA will have one game going to see the Rangers vs. the Carolina Hurricanes at 7pm on March 18th. Cost for this trip to Madison Square Garden is $90 per person for West Balcony seats, Section 320, includes bus and driver tip.  The coach bus will leave Brookhaven Center at 4pm and leave right after the game.

To make your reservations with payment, please go to the BERA Store (M-F, 9a-3p). All tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE and are for those 21 years and older unless accompanied by BNL employee/parent. Tickets and arrangements are for the benefit of BNL/BSA employees, users, guests and their families.
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March 9-10, 2013

Join BERA for this overnight trip to Mohegan Sun. The coach bus will leave Brookhaven Center at 8am, and stay at the Holiday Inn in Norwich, CT. A minimum of 40 persons with paid reservations are needed for this trip to take place. Tickets are on sale now at the BERA Store.  Must have photo ID and be at least 21 years of age to attend. Pricing & details here...

To make your reservations with payment, please go to the BERA Store (M-F, 9a-3p). All tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE and are for those 21 years and older unless accompanied by BNL employee/parent. Tickets and arrangements are for the benefit of BNL/BSA employees, users, guests and their families.
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  Saturday, March 23, 2013

Do-As-You-Please bus trip to the Bryant Park area. The coach bus will leave Brookhaven Center at 10am and leave NYC at 7pm. Cost is $15 per person (free if 2 yrs old or under and sits on your lap).

To make your reservations with payment, please go to the BERA Store (M-F, 9a-3p). All tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE and are for those 21 years and older unless accompanied by BNL employee/parent. Tickets and arrangements are for the benefit of BNL/BSA employees, users, guests and their families.
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  Saturday, April 6, 2013

Auto Show at Javits Center - Cost is $24 per person which covers entry into the show, transportation and driver tip. The bus will leave Brookhaven Center at 8:30am and leave Javits Center at 4pm.

To make your reservations with payment, please go to the BERA Store (M-F, 9a-3p). All tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE and are for those 21 years and older unless accompanied by BNL employee/parent. Tickets and arrangements are for the benefit of BNL/BSA employees, users, guests and their families.
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You can catch up on all of Eric Forsyth's travels by clicking on his sailing yacht below.


February 2013        
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Groundhog Day
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BWIS Event "Biomineralization an Biological Sensors", Prof. Abel Moreno, U. of Mexico, 4pm, Berkner


Chinese New Year
Lincoln's Birthday

Physics Colloquium "Fluctuating glue and flow in heavy-ion collisions", Bjorn Schenke, BNL, 3:30pm, Bldg. 510 Large Seminar
Blood Drive 9am-3pm, Center

BSA Noon Recital,  Gabriela Martinez to perform, 12pm, Berkner
C-AD AP Seminar "Simulation of Radiation Damping in a  Chassman-Green Lattice-Benchmarking the Ray-Tracking Zgoubi", Dr. Francois Meot, BNL, 4pm, Bldg. 911B LCR



Lab Holiday

484th Brookhaven Lecture "Nuclear Weapons Stability or Anarchy in the 21st Century: China-India-Pakistan", Tom Graham, BNL, 4pm, Berkner
Washington's Birthday


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Univted Way GEM car raffle drawing, 3pm, Berkner Lobby

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BWIS Event "Update for APS Site Visit", Shirley Kendall, Diversity Office, 12:15pm, Bldg. 400 RSB 1&2


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Daylight Saving Time Begins



Physics Colloquium "Dark Matter in Galazies and Supermassive Black Holes", Hector De Vega, LPTHE/CNRS-Univ P&M Curie, BNL, 3:30pm, Bldg. 510 Large Seminar
BWIS Event "BWIS Colloquia", Dr. Reshmi Mukherjee, Barnard College Columbia U., 4pm, Berkner


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Spring Begins

BWIS Event "Celebration of Women", 12pm, Berkner, Room B

485th Brookhaven Lecture "The Plasma Window", Ady Hershcovitch, C-AD, 4pm, Berkner




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BWIS Event "Developing Women Leaders", Anna Marie Valerio, 4pm, Berkner
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Sept. 11, 2001

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