MINOS

Physicists often find thrifty, ingenious ways to reuse equipment and resources. What do you do about an 800-ton magnet originally used to discover new particles? Send it off on a months-long journey via truck, train and ship halfway across the world to detect oscillating particles called neutrinos, of course. It’s all part of the vast recycling network of the physics community.

Scientists on two neutrino experiments—the MINOS experiment at Fermilab and the Daya Bay experiment in China—have presented results that limit the places where sterile neutrinos might be hiding.

From Physics, July 26, 2016: A team at MIT analyzes data from Fermilab’s MINOS neutrino experiment. The results rule out a class of realist models in which the evolving system does not depend on any “memory” of its initial state.

The 27th International Conference on Neutrino Physics and Astrophysics, commonly called Neutrino 2016, will bring together scientists from experiments around the world. Scientists working with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory will give numerous presentations at Neutrino 2016 and unveil some significant results.

Nobel Prize-winning Italian physicist and former CERN Director General Carlo Rubbia visited Fermilab on Tuesday, Sept. 17, to discuss future collaborations related to Fermilab’s neutrino program. While on site, Rubbia met with Director Nigel Lockyer and toured the lab’s Liquid-Argon Test Facility, the MicroBooNE detector assembly hall and the Minos cavern, where this photo was taken. Pictured, from left: Alberto Scaramelli, ICARUS collaboration; Carlo Rubbia; Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer; Antonio Masiero, vice president of Italy’s INFN; Jim Strait, project manager for LBNE; and Regina Rameika, project manager for MicroBooNE.