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Nobel-winning experiment enables Fermilab-led quantum network

Anton Zeilinger, who received the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics, pioneered research on quantum teleportation and entanglement swapping. These technologies are instrumental in the success of the Illinois-Express Quantum Network, which recently published a paper outlining its design concepts and implementation. The technologies are also the basis for the quantum devices that generate the network.

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Proposed experiment seeks origin of cosmic neutrinos

Most astronomers trek to the mountaintops to study the stars, but a group of physicists are seeking the secrets of the cosmos with a detector at the bottom of the ocean.

One of two magnetic focusing horns used in the beamline at Fermilab that produces intense neutrino beams for MINERvA and other neutrino experiments.NEW
A new way to explore proton’s structure with neutrinos yields first results

For the first time, particle physicists have been able to precisely measure the proton’s size and structure using neutrinos with data gathered from thousands of neutrino-hydrogen scattering events collected by MINERvA, a particle physics experiment at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

Scientists release newly accurate map of all the matter in the universe

Their analysis combines Dark Energy Survey, South Pole Telescope data to better understand the evolution of universe.

Scientists from the SQMS Center, Jefferson Lab and University of Waterloo receive Quantum Horizon funding award

The Quantum Horizons award from the DOE Office of Nuclear Physics enables a new collaboration between the Fermilab-hosted SQMS Center, Jefferson Lab and the University of Waterloo to create beyond the state-of-the-art quantum devices.

Two Fermilab scientists elected to the APS Division of Particles and Fields executive committee

Vaia Papadimitriou and Kelly Stifter started their terms on Jan. 1.

Ways to weigh a neutrino

For decades, scientists have tried to find a way to measure the mass of the lightest matter particle known to exist. Three new approaches now have a chance to succeed.

Quantum researchers strike the right chord with silicides

SQMS Center researchers have identified a new contribution to a qubit’s performance by probing and simulating several-atom-thick layers called silicides.

Sculpting physics into a visual masterpiece: Ricardo Mondragon named Fermilab 2023 artist-in-residence

Fermilab selects its 2023 artist for its year-long artist-in-residence program.

Neutrinos from the Big Bang | Even Bananas

Scientists are pretty sure the universe started with the Big Bang. But the furthest back in time we can explore is 370,000 years after spacetime began. So, how do we measure the Big Bang, and how could our favorite friends — neutrinos — revolutionize our understanding of the early universe? In this video, physicist Kirsty Duffy explores these concepts and discusses the cosmic neutrino background.

Energy consumption, cost considerations could shape future of accelerator R&D

A recent report underscores the importance of energy consumption and cost to decisions about future large-scale particle accelerator projects.

Excavation of massive underground caverns for DUNE halfway complete

A mile underground in South Dakota, construction crews have worked diligently to carve out an extensive network of caverns and tunnels that one day will house a huge neutrino experiment. Their efforts have paid off: With almost 400,000 tons of rock extracted from the earth, the excavation has reached the halfway point.

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A map was created showing the distribution of matter in the Universe. It shows that the theories of physicists need to be changedNEW

From National Geographic (Poland), Feb. 2, 2023: A group of 150 scientists, including researchers from Fermilab and the University of Chicago, has published one of the most precise measurements of the distribution of matter in the Universe. The analysis is groundbreaking because it used data from two very different telescope surveys and it indicated that something is missing in the current standard model of the universe.

‘Ghostly’ neutrinos provide new path to study protonsNEW

From Science Daily, Feb. 1, 2023: Yesterday, Nature posted new research which used a beam of neutrinos for the first time to investigate the structure of protons. With Fermilab’s MINERvA detector, scientists were able to precisely measure the proton’s size and structure using neutrinos with data gathered from thousands of neutrino-hydrogen scattering events.

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