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     Young Chemists organizing visit to Fermilab July 1 - EVERYONE welcome - Sign Up Now!

    The Chicago ACS' Young Chemists Committee is organizing a group tour of Fermilab on July 1, starting at noon. They have graciously invited our Senior Chemists to join them!

    Tour and registration are free, but lunch is paid on site. Sign up on Eventbrite here:

    Travel to Batavia for a free private guided tour of Fermilab known as America's National Laboratory and employing 1,750 employees including scientists and engineers from around the world. Following the tour, the group will dine at the Country House in Geneva (2095 S Kirk Rd, Geneva, IL 60134) for a self pay lunch.

    The tour is between 1.5 - 2 hrs long. It includes a description on the experiments and history of the facility from the 15th floor, where you should be able to see the mounds of dirt which are directly above the accelerator. The tour then continues to the Portwest Remote Operations Center(ROC-W).

    Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) is a United States Department of Energy national laboratory specializing in high-energy particle physics. 

    Fermilab's Tevatron was a landmark particle accelerator; at 3.9 miles (6.3 km) in circumference, it was the world's fourth-largest particle accelerator (after CERN's Large Hadron Collider, which is 27 km in circumference, the Large Electron-Positron Collider, which was also 27 km in circumference and the Super Proton Synchrotron, which is 6.9 km in circumference), until it was shut down in 2011. In 1995, the discovery of the top quark was announced by researchers who used the Tevatron's CDF and DØ detectors.

    The Tevatron ceased operations on 30 September 2011. By the end of 2011, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN had achieved a luminosity almost ten times higher than Tevatron's (at 3.65×1033 cm−2 s−1) and a beam energy of 3.5 TeV each (doing so since March 18, 2010), already ~3.6 times the capabilities of the Tevatron (at 0.98 TeV).

    The Fermilab Accelerator Complex is composed of four accelerators that work in tandem: the linear accelerator (linac), booster, recycler, and main injector. These accelerators produce two primary proton beams, a low energy (8 GeV) proton beam from the Booster and a high energy (120 GeV) beam from the Main Injector. These proton beams produce secondary beams of pion, kaons, muons and neutrinos that serve a variety of experiments.