Kurt Riesselmann

Fermilab’s beginnings can be traced to a 1963 report by a panel of U.S. scientists led by Norman Ramsey. In the 50 years since, Fermilab has grown to a laboratory of 1,800 employees, and scientists from 44 countries come to Fermilab to participate in its forefront particle physics programs.

The recent Washington, D.C., event was an opportunity to explain to Congress and their staff the cutting-edge research that takes place in the national lab system and highlight DOE’s role as a powerhouse of science, technology and engineering.

This rendering shows the location of the proposed Muon Campus at Fermilab. The arrow points to the proposed site of the planned Muon g-2 experiment. Click to enlarge. Image: Muon Department/FESS Fermilab’s plans for creating a Muon Campus with top-notch Intensity Frontier experiments have received a big boost. The Department of Energy has granted Mission Need approval to the Muon g-2 project, one of two experiments proposed for the new Muon Campus. The other proposed experiment, Mu2e, is a step… More »

Brendan Casey was awarded a DOE Early Career Research Award to support his work developing detector technology for the Muon g-2 experiment. Photo: Reidar Hahn Four years ago, Fermilab physicist Brendan Casey began looking for a new research project. Should he join the thousands of physicists working on particle collider experiments at the Large Hadron Collider in Europe? Or should he collaborate with a relatively small group of scientists who wanted to build a new physics experiment at Fermilab to… More »

This time-lapse video shows custom-made gluing and lifting machines to assemble prototype detector blocks for the NOvA experiment. In March, the NOvA collaboration will start the assembly of its 15,000-ton neutrino detector in Ash River, Minnesota. When complete, the NOvA detector will be one of the largest plastic structures ever to be built. It will comprise 368,640 tubes of white PVC that will support the entire weight of the detector. This time-lapse video shows the assembly of prototype detector blocks… More »

The clearing out of the main floor of the 36,000-square-foot CDF assembly building is in progress. The building will become part of the Illinois Accelerator Research Center. Photo: Kurt Rieselmann On Sept. 30, the CDF and DZero experiments at Fermilab recorded their final particle collisions. Now technicians and engineers are busy preparing the two buildings that supported the collider detectors to accommodate future uses, while preserving the two particle detectors and their control rooms for educational tours that will be… More »

The MicroBooNE experiment will feature a 33-foot-long neutrino detector, the largest of its kind in America. Fermilab plans to break ground in November for this liquid-argon R&D building, future home of the MicroBooNE experiment. The building will be located across the road from the MiniBooNE experiment. The MicroBooNE neutrino experiment at Fermilab has received Critical Decision 2-3a approval from the Department of Energy, the third stage of the four-stage DOE approval process prior to construction. CD 2-3a authorizes the MicroBooNE… More »

The combined Tevatron results exclude the existence of a Higgs particle with a mass between 100-108 and 156-177 GeV/c2. For the range 110-155 GeV/c2, the experiments are now extremely close to the sensitivity needed (dotted line below 1) either to see a substantial excess of Higgs-like events or to rule out the existence of the particle. The small excess of Higgs-like events observed by the Tevatron experiments in the range from 120 to 155 (see solid curve) is not yet… More »