Thirteen-week accelerator shutdown for upgrades and maintenance begins July 4

Fermilab’s accelerator complex will enter a 13-week shutdown on Saturday, July 4.

During the shutdown, employees from across the lab will help install a new beamline, which will allow them to send 8-GeV protons from the Recycler to the Muon Campus; remove old Main Ring components to allow more efficient beam delivery to the Muon Campus; add radio-frequency accelerating cavities to the Booster; upgrade the Recycler vacuum for future high-intensity running; replace NuMI Horn 1; and install a laser notching system in the Linac.

The accelerator complex is planned to come back online by Oct. 5.