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It was a three-hour nighttime road trip that capped off a journey begun seven years ago.
From about 12:30-3 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 16, the first major superconducting section of a particle accelerator that will power the biggest neutrino experiment in the world made its way along a series of Chicagoland roadways at a deliberate 10 miles per hour.
Carrier - Journey - Structure - Home - Department
Hauled on a special carrier created just for its 25-mile journey, at 3:07 a.m. the nine-ton structure pulled into its permanent home at the Department of Energy's Fermilab. It arrived from nearby Argonne National Laboratory, also a DOE national laboratory.
The high-tech component is the first completed cryomodule for the PIP-II particle accelerator, a powerful machine that will become the heart of Fermilab's accelerator complex. The accelerator will generate high-power beams of protons, which will in turn produce the world's most powerful neutrino beam, for the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, hosted by Fermilab and provides for the long-term future of the Fermilab research program.
PIP-II - Particle - Accelerator - Project - United
PIP-II is the first particle accelerator project in the United States with significant international contribution, with cavities and cryomodules built in France, India, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The cryomodule effort at Argonne began in 2012. Scientists and engineers at Argonne led its design, working with a Fermilab team. The Argonne group also built the cryomodule, tested its subcomponents and assembled it, evolving a design used in one of Argonne's particle accelerators.
And now it's arrived.
"There is a profound significance in the arrival of the first PIP-II cryomodule: it ushers in a new era for the Fermilab accelerator complex, the era of superconducting radio-frequency acceleration," said Fermilab PIP-II Project Director Lia Merminga.
Cryomodule - Unit - Particle - Accelerator - Cars
A cryomodule is the major unit of a particle accelerator. Like the cars of a train, cryomodules are hitched together end-to-end. The PIP-II linear accelerator will comprise 23...
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