Fermilab’s cutting-edge accelerator R&D area renamed FAST Facility

The former New Muon Lab is now incorporated as part of the Fermilab Accelerator Science and Technology (FAST) Facility. The Cryomodule Test Facility is visible to the left. Photo: Jerry Leibfritz, AD

As America’s premier particle accelerator laboratory, Fermilab has been making strides in its accelerator R&D program, including the construction of a cutting-edge accelerator research test bed.

This accelerator R&D lab, Fermilab’s most advanced and modern, has just gotten a new and fitting name: the FAST Facility.

The Fermilab Accelerator Science and Technology Facility provides beams and test infrastructure critical to the research and development of future accelerators for the U.S. high-energy physics community, as well as for Fermilab’s university and commercial partners.

FAST consists of an electron injector, a proton injector, and an electron and proton storage ring, called IOTA (Integrable Optics Test Accelerator). FAST also includes all the associated infrastructure currently housed at the New Muon Lab, which is located near the north side of the Fermilab site.

Scientists, engineers and technicians will use the renamed FAST Facility to explore options for the Fermilab accelerator complex upgrade beyond currently pursued PIP-II linac. This includes novel synchrotron concepts for delivering record-intensity particle beams with a high degree of control and the advancement of superconducting radio-frequency accelerator technology.

Stay tuned for milestones from FAST.