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What is Fermilab?

The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), is an American particle physics and accelerator laboratory. Is located in Illinois, just 40 miles from Chicago. Many physics experiments are currently running at Fermilab and many others are planned to start soon.

Thousands of scientists from universities and laboratories around the world collaborate at Fermilab on experiments at the frontiers of discovery.

Fermilab produces the world’s most intense beam of high-energy neutrinos, particles that may hold the key to understanding why the universe is made of matter.

MicroBooNE is the first experiment of Fermilab’s short-baseline neutrino program, which will search for sterile neutrinos and advance the liquid-argon detector technology.

Symbol of Fermilab is the American Bison. In 1967, five American Bison were brought to the site, a bull and four cows, and an additional 21 were provided by the Illinois Department of Conservation. Some fearful locals believed at first that the bison were introduced in order to serve as an alarm if and when radiation at the laboratory reached dangerous levels, but they were assured by Fermilab that this claim had no merit. Today, the herd is a popular attraction that draws many visitors and the grounds are also a sanctuary for other local wildlife populations.

Would like to visit? The site is open from dawn to dusk to visitors who present valid photo identification.

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