From Forbes, Jan. 24, 2018: Fermilab will provide half of SLAC’s LCLS-II cryomodules, and Jefferson Lab in Newport News, Virginia, will provide the other half. Fermilab is located in Illinois, so the very first cryomodule that arrived at SLAC by truck last week made a hefty trip from Illinois to California – essentially making a trip across the whole of the U.S.

LCLS-II at SLAC is an X-ray laser that allows scientists to take snapshots of atoms and molecules in motion. Fermilab is providing SLAC with 22 cryomodules for the LCLS-II upgrade, which will take X-ray science to the next level.

Planning the next big science machine requires consideration of both the current landscape and the distant future.

From SLAC, Jan. 31, 2017: A full kilometer of SLAC’s historic linac has been stripped of all its equipment. Over the next two years it will be re-equipped with new technology to power an X-ray laser, LCLS-II. Fermilab and Jefferson Lab are building the cryomodules for its superconducting portion.