Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Feelin' Like a Proton......or Anti-Proton

Last night we ran at Fermi Lab again since the getting up at 5am has not been happening (big surprise) but we don't want to try driving home at 5:30 because of rush hour traffic. We wanted to get 6 miles in and although we really like running around the main ring, it's only 3.8 (or so) miles around. So we decided to run more of the rings here at the lab. The picture on the Right hand side is a cartoon image of what happens at Fermilab. Since it's hard to make Anti-Protons you have to build them up....you make some (in the anti-proton sourse rin...looks kind of triangular) and then they are sent into the Recycler and go around and around and then more Anti-Protons are sent in and so on. When you have enough we can send them into the Tevatron. Protons are also stacked up in the Recycler before heading into the main ring. However these don't take nearly as much time to make as the anti-protons. The point is you end up with Protons going one way in the Tevatron and Anti-Protons going the other way and then people here can aim them so that they hit each other at the two detectors.

Alright then where am I going with this? Oh Right.....running. To get in the additional 2.2ish miles that we needed we ran around both the anti-proton making ring and the recylcer ring. It was really fun but so so dark outside. While we were running the Recycler ring we decided that was actually where the mafia must drop their bodies since it was so barren and quiet and dark. We then retracted that and said it actually must be where the bad grad students go if they don't get their work done (oh shit....maybe I should get back to work). I love that you can see that we ran the other two loops so clearly in the above image.

The run itself was great. 6 miles averaging a 9:09 pace which is fine by me. Both of us had really really sore legs after the run though....not from running but from the volleyball that we played on Monday night. Sore calves and whatnot. Not a big deal, but starting a sport that takes other muscles than "keep moving forward" is always fun during the first couple weeks.

9 comments:

Joe said...

Ummn, did Jordi LaForge write that post? Sheesh! We're venting plasma off the port nacelle!

Firefly's Running said...

Oh my...you had my TOTALLY lost after you started talking about protons. I thought I was back in H.S. class....help!

Nice run!

Dave said...

Nice run and way cool Physics lesson - it brings me back to my college Physics classes (I am a closet Math and Physics junkie, but as an architect I am shunned from participating in them anymore)

Full Metal Lunchbox said...

Very educational post, thank you!  Useful for those of us who goofed off during high school physics and ended up being humanities majors in college.

I noticed from the first diagram that Fermi has a Cockcroft-Walton.  I'm pretty sure I have one of those in my kitchen.  I used it the other day to make meatballs.  They were yummy.  (I'm sure it was the anti-protons in the sauce.)

Thomas said...

Who's the proton and who's the anti-proton, Leah or Jason? And now I know where the energy for your 3:45 marathon came from.

Bridgette said...

OK, maybe I'm the only dork that noticed this, but in volleyball, you're supposed to have sore thighs, not calves. The reason is that you're CONSTANTLY squatting to bump the ball...right?

(This is my hs volleyball coach Major Payne talking)

LeahC said...

i think the sore calves comes from the jumping to hit the ball......because i jump oh so high :-)

Josh said...

You lost me in the first paragraph, but found me again when you started to use words like 'running' again. And even though I was lost, that's pretty funny the parallel in images. I love finding random things like that!

Arcaner said...

Where do you put the dilithium crystals? :)