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Peter Limon, Fermilab

I received my undergraduate degree from Tufts University (1963) and my PhD in high-
energy experiments from the University of Wisconsin (1968). Subsequently, I was an
assistant professor at Columbia, coming to Fermilab, where I have been ever since, in

I worked on a number of laboratory tasks and experiments at Fermilab before becoming
interested in superconducting magnet systems and accelerators in 1976. I was involved in
Tevatron design while continuing to be involved in experiments. I was a charter member
of what eventually became CDF. I spent 1979 at the University of Paris working on
CELLO at DESY, and upon my return was in charge of the Accelerator Systems group
and magnet installation for the Tevatron. Subsequently, I spent five years at Berkeley Lab
in the Central Design Group of the SSC.

After the demise of the SSC, I returned to CDF and managed the R&D and construction
of the end-plug upgrade. I was the head of the Fermilab Technical Division from 1994-
2001, where I oversaw the rebirth of superconducting magnet R&D at Fermilab, the
beginnings of US involvement in the LHC accelerator, and the VLHC Design Report.
After leaving leadership of the Technical Division, I started a SNAP group at Fermilab. I
am now a mostly inactive a member of that group and of the Dark Energy Survey

In the fall of 2005, I came to CERN to help with the installation and commissioning of
the US-supplied LHC components. After almost two years, I am about to return to
Fermilab from that assignment. I am an active member of LARP, being involved in its
birth, and serving on their executive committee. I am particularly interested in continued
involvement of US HEP in the LHC operation, improvement and upgrade. The LHC will
be the major HEP instrument for many years, and US particle physicists and accelerator
scientists must take advantage of the opportunities to do their research there. In addition
to the physics opportunities, if the US has any hope of eventually building a domestic
frontier machine, we have to stay sharp in the latest technology and develop the next
generation of accelerator builders. To do this, we must be involved in the present frontier
machine – the LHC.

There are a number of specific issues imbedded in the general activity of LHC
involvement. These include attempts to influence government and laboratory attitudes
and funding, practical issues of working off-shore, quality-of-life while away from home,
and, most important, encouraging the best and brightest of US scientists to become
involved in LHC activities, whether they be experiments or accelerators. Examples might
be relief from restrictive foreign travel regulations that make it difficult to travel without
notice far in advance; important involvement in LHC upgrades of luminosity, both for the
detectors and the collider; and the formation of real collaborations among US institutions
and CERN in the accelerator upgrades. I believe that the USLUO can play an important
role in the success of all of these activities.

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