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Fermilab: High Energy Physics on the Prairie [Slide Show]

The Tevatron shut in 2011, but particles still fly for science outside Chicago

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SCIENCE SURPRISE:

Lest you think the physicists have all the fun in Illinois, this tall fellow from the Field Museum loomed over the United terminal at O'Hare airport.....[ More ]

CHILL OUT:

Cryomodules such as this one in the converted New Muon Lab will help in R&D testing for the International Linear Collider . Cavities in each 12-meter-long cryomodule will be cooled to 1.8 kelvins.....[ More ]

READY TO ROLL:

Model of the 50-foot-wide particle-storage ring for the Muon g-2 Experiment that is making a 3,500-mile journey from Brookhaven National Lab in New York to Fermilab: down the Atlantic coast, around Florida, up the Mississippi and finally over closed highways to arrive July 26.....[ More ]

PROTON RUN:

Kids who visit the Lederman Science Education Center can try accelerating like a proton on the grounds using foot power; I hope they don’t collide too often.....[ More ]

HOME OF THE TOP QUARK:

Behold the opened-up innards of Tevatron. One physicist intoned to me: "You have stood on the hallowed ground where half of the top quark was discovered." With Tevatron’s work now ended, parts of the great experiment are being shipped to other scientists for use elsewhere.....[ More ]

CIRCLE MARKS THE SPOT:

Neutrinos exit the shotcrete-coated 500-million-year-old rock at this hand-painted center point. MINOS uses two detectors; one is at Fermilab and the second is at the Soudan Underground Mine State Park in Minnesota, 450 miles away.....[ More ]

DELVING INTO PHYSICS:

The rattling elevator’s slow descent, the pre-visit escape briefing and the oxygen-equipment training I received might have been unnerving if I hadn’t been so excited to see the MINOS and MINERvA neutrino experiments located 100 meters below ground.....[ More ]

WINDOW TO EUROPE:

The station for monitoring activity at the CMS instrument at the Large Hadron Collider in Europe.....[ More ]

PARTICLE PATHWAYS:

The view from 15 stories high in Wilson Hall shows the footprint of accelerator rings below.....[ More ]

SCIENCE CATHEDRAL:

The graceful shape of the 16-story Robert Rathburn Wilson Hall, the headquarters for the lab’s administrators, reminded me of an Erlenmeyer flask, although the design was actually inspired by a Gothic cathedral in France.....[ More ]

PHYSICS FRONTIERS:

A herd of 20 to 25 bison live in 80-acre penned area on restored prairie, part of 6,800-acre Fermilab site. They are said to symbolize the lab’s presence on the frontiers of high-energy physics.....[ More ]

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