Test beams generally sit to the side of full-on accelerators, sipping beam and passing it to the reconfigurable spaces housing temporary experiments. Scientists bring pieces of their detectors — sensors, chips, electronics or other material — and blast them with the well-understood beam to see if things work how they expect, and if their software performs as expected. Before a detector component can head to its forever home, it has to pass the test.
The new Fermilab Test Beam Facility website has recently been released. Check out the updated site. The website offers an improved interface for users, hosting detailed information about using the test beams. Visit the site to learn all about Fermilab’s world-class detector test facility.