Laboratory celebrates startup of NOvA experiment

Fermilab staff tour the new ROC West, which scientists now use to monitor three neutrino experiments: NOvA, MINERvA and MINOS. Photo: Reidar Hahn
People enjoy a celebratory dinner for all lab employees and users. Photo: Reidar Hahn
Lab staff and users make use of the new high tables in the cafeteria. Photo: Reidar Hahn
Chanson du Chat, featuring Fermilab’s Steve Gaugel on saxophone, performed in the Fermilab Art Gallery. Photo: Reidar Hahn

On Wednesday, the laboratory celebrated the startup of Fermilab’s 500-mile-long neutrino experiment NOvA with food and music.

NOvA is the most powerful accelerator-based neutrino experiment ever built in the United States and the longest-distance one in the world. After nearly five years, NOvA construction is officially complete. Now scientists will use NOvA’s two massive detectors, placed 500 miles apart, to study neutrinos, among nature’s most elusive particles.