Fermilab offers behind-the-scenes tour on Sunday, October 5

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  • Kurt Riesselmann, Fermilab Office of Communication, media@fnal.gov, 630-840-3351

Registration required by Friday, October 3

BATAVIA, Ill.–The Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory offers visitors a special program on Sunday, October 5, at 1 p.m. The two-hour program includes a 30-minute presentation by Fermilab physicist Erik Ramberg, a tour of an experimental assembly area, and a visit to the popular viewing area on the 15th floor of Fermilab’s Wilson Hall. Advance registration for the program, which is free of charge, is required by Friday, October 3, at noon.

Visitors will learn about the building blocks of matter and how Fermilab’s accelerators provide clues on the evolution of the early universe. A behind-the-scene tour takes all visitors to the New Muon Laboratory, where scientists and technicians assemble particle detection systems. The tour ends on the 15th floor of Wilson Hall, from where visitors will have a beautiful view of the lab, including more than one thousand acres of blooming prairie. Throughout the program several scientists will be on hand to answer questions ranging from “Where does antimatter come from?” to “How can neutrinos travel through thousands of miles of rock?”

Participation in the program is limited. Visitors need to call 630-840-5588 or 630-840-3351 during business hours to register. The minimum age for participation is 10 years.

Fermilab is a national laboratory funded by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy, operated by Universities Research Association, Inc.