SLUO meeting with SLAC Management - April 10, 2009



SLAC : Steve Kahn, Harvey Lynch, Persis Drell (2nd half of meeting)


SLUO EXEC & DC trip group: Steve Sekula, Lisa Kaufman, Tom Glanzman, Tim Barklow, Norman Graf, Gerard Bonneaud, Fabrizio Bianchi, Bryan Gerke, Bill Lockman, Micheal Busha, Greg Madejski, Henry Band, Seth Digel.


Agenda items


1. SLUO Workshop - "SLAC in the LHC Era" had just been announced to the community


Kahn : A DOE review of its proton based physics program will be held in Washington DC on June 8-12.  SLAC's presentation of its ATLAS activities is on the 11th. Under discussion is SLAC's future ATLAS program, both technical details but also the overall philosophy. SLAC is an ATLAS Tier II, and may propose becoming an ATLAS Tier III Physics Analysis Center. The lab is still developing it plans. 


SLUO could play a useful role in collecting University user opinions and suggestions on how SLAC could support ATLAS analysis activities. A SLAC written proposal is due May 15.


The outcome of the DOE review will affect SLAC plans.


 It is unfortunate that the LHC workshop is after this meeting, but it has been impossible to find an earlier date convenient for a majority of relevant people.


Steve Sekula suggested that some leading ATLAS collaborators be invited to next EXEC meeting (May 13) to give input about what SLAC proposes.


If SLAC has significant LHC hardware upgrade responsibilities, then it may be possible for university grad. students to get hardware experience while also doing analysis at a SLAC physics center.


Persis Drell: DESY may be a useful example since it is doing similar things to support German groups in the LHC.


Steven Kahn: Due to economy Stanford funds have been cut 30%, limiting the amount of support that SLAC can offer for the SLUO LHC Day.


2. DC trip April 29-May 1


Steve Sekula asked for SLAC suggested responses to 4 possible questions :


* How is SLAC spending the "stimulus" funds?

Restricted to "shovel ready projects”. Major speed-up of LuSi experimental equipment acquisition (LCLS). Approval of the FACET plasma wakefield accelerator experiment. General infrastructure improvements (seismic/offices). Hiring across the board (engineering, HR, technicians, electricians) not just physicists(few). Limited to short term contracts, not making long term commitments for "base" funding.


* View of FY10 budget resolutions.

Positive to date, no details available. FY09 was very positive +19% overall for science. Budget scenario B in P5 plan started(NOVA + other FNAL projects), but need good FY10 to continue. Expect DOE HEP FY10 to be ~FY09 + inflation.


* What is SLAC's view of the Obama budget team?

Expect that that FY11 emphasis will be on energy research. However, Chu has indicated support for a broad research portfolio including basic sciences. However, discovery oriented science is unlikely to grow as fast as mission oriented R&D.


* What is SLAC doing to increase education/outreach as called for in the "Gathering Storm" report?

SLAC efforts were particularly hurt by the budget cuts in previous years. Hope to restore the tours program which had been cut. SLAC has found widespread interest in the public lecture series. The summer intern program was remodeled to provide more opportunities for under represented minority groups(now 75% of program)


3. First discussion on the 2009 SLUO Annual Meeting


~Sep. 09. Persis and Steve found last year's meeting the most successful in recent years.  

Kahn suggested a thematic focus for this year's meeting organized around SLAC plans.

* Non-accelerator - Dark matter, double-beta decay, etc.

* Expansion of LHC activities,

* Accelerator physics - FACET ...


How does SLAC/SLUO define a user?  On photon side of SLAC, a user has "beam time".

What is a good definition when there is no accelerator present?


- End of the meeting -