Description of the 2017-18 tours

Tours are given after each lecture starting at 11am and last for about 40 minutes. Scientific and technical staff of Fermilab will be the tour-guides. After the lecture the SMP coordinator will show maps indicating how to go to the different sites, and will introduce the tour-guides to the students. The coordinator will make sure that students that do not have a car will be given a ride by the tour-guides or by other students.

Fermilab has a large variety of interesting sites in which important scientific discoveries has been made. The following is a list of sites and a brief description of them:

Wilson Hall Building

This is the building in which the lectures are given. It was named in honor of the first director of Fermilab, Robert Wilson. Wilson was an artist and created several sculptures that are now part of the Fermilab landscape. The tour of Wilson Hall focus mostly on the 15th floor, from which the view is great and where different small-scale models of the site and the accelerator are located.


Fermilab has one of the most energetic chain of accelerators in the world. It create, accelerates and distributes protons to experiments studying the basic properties of matter, especially neutrinos. The tour will walk through the equipment level of the the first two stages of the accelerator chain, from which everything start. The Main Control Room, from which we control all the particle beams on site, will be featured.  For other interesting pictures of the accelerators at Fermilab click here.

(Pronounced dee-ZERO) is one of the two large collider particle detectors (or “cameras”) at the Tevatron. The discovery of the fundamental particle, the “top quark”, was achieved at this site and at its counterpart detector CDF.  CDF also surrounded one of the points in the Tevatron ring where protons and antiprotons collided. Having two detectors allowed scientists to check their results against each other. To see more diagrams of DØ click here.  DØ exhibit web-site.


Neutrinos are the subject of most of the particle physics that is happening at Fermilab.  This tour takes you to a couple of the facilities on site where scientists and engineers study these elusive particles, starting with the Remote Operations Center.

GCC: Grid Computing Center

The Grid Computing Center holds more than 10,000 top of the line computers. These computers are used to solve complicated scientific problems. Having a large number of computers allows for faster computation using the technique of parallel processing. Scientists from all over the world use this so-called computer “farm”. You can see more pictures here.

Technical Division:  Magnet Facilities

In the magnet fabrication facility, Technical Division builds small and large magnets for accelerators at Fermilab and elsewhere, including superconducting quadrupole magnets for the LHC at CERN.  In the magnet test facility, the magnets are measured.

Technical Division:  Superconducting RF Facilities

In the SRF (Superconducting Radio Frequency) cavity test facility, Technical Division conducts research to develop better accelerating cavities for future accelerators.  In the Cryomodule Assembly Facility, we assemble multiple cavities into large structures for new accelerators at Fermilab and elsewhere

SiDet: Silicon Detector Facility

The Fermilab SiDet facility is at the heart of R&D and production of a variety of detectors that are being, or will be used, by Fermilab scientists.  For example, the Dark Energy Camera (left), a 500-megapixel, wide-field imager using charge-coupled devices, was built at SiDet.