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Interactions NewsWire #16-16
3 October 2016 http://www.interactions.org
Source: CoEPP
Content: Press Release
Date Issued: 3 October 2016

America and Australia forge a new partnership in physics research

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale (CoEPP) take steps in international scientific cooperation with the signing of an international Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA).

The agreement between Fermilab, the USA’s major high energy physics laboratory, and CoEPP, Australia’s primary centre for particle physics research, will encourage a rich and diverse collaboration between the institutions. The aim is to establish visits in both directions of researchers, technical staff and students to collaborate on shared challenges. Potential shared activities include advanced theoretical physics, precision measurement techniques, advanced research computation methods, underground experimentation and accelerator R&D.

"This is a welcome alliance between our two organisations,” says Professor Geoffrey Taylor, Director of CoEPP. “Whilst CoEPP is part of the ATLAS experiment at the LHC and Fermilab is the lead CMS laboratory in the US, there is a great deal that can be done on developing techniques, tools and detector technology beyond the confines of these experiments. Also, the underground laboratory experience of Fermilab with the DUNE* project finds synergy with CoEPP developments at the new Stawell underground facility.”

This alliance will initially see exchange from the Monash and Melbourne nodes of CoEPP, with Adelaide and Sydney universities to join in the foreseeable future. CoEPP has a vigorous research program that aligns well with that of the US laboratory.

“This agreement widens the collaboration opportunities of CoEPP by linking it to this most prestigious High Energy National Lab in the US,” says A/Prof Csaba Balazs, CoEPP Monash Node Director. “Since particle physics is a highly collaborative, international science, this agreement is a vital anchoring the CoEPP to the US, complementing our already strong connections to CERN in Europe.”

Since 1967, Fermilab has been working to answer fundamental questions about the universe and its origins. Scientists working at Fermilab discovered three fundamental particles – the top quark, the bottom quark and the tau neutrino – and the laboratory is gearing up to host the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, the largest long-distance neutrino experiment in the world.

“We’re glad to deepen our relationship with CoEPP as we move forward into a new era of physics research,” said Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer.

*Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment


Fermilab is America’s premier national laboratory for particle physics research. A U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science laboratory, Fermilab is located near Chicago, Illinois, and operated under contract by the Fermi Research Alliance LLC. Visit Fermilab’s website at http://www.fnal.gov and follow us on Twitter @Fermilab.

The DOE Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit http://science.energy.gov.

CoEPP is the ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale (CoEPP) is a collaborative research venture between the Universities of Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Monash. Our research looks at some of the fundamental questions in science and our scientists are foundation members of the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Please visit http://www.coepp.org.au and follow us on Twitter @CoEPP

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