Description of the Tours

Tours are given after each lecture starting at 11 AM and last for about 40 minutes. Scientific and technical staff of Fermilab will be the tour-guides. After the lecture, the SMP coordinator will introduce the tour-guides to the students.

Fermilab has a large variety of interesting sites, many of them 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 had one of the most energetic chain of accelerators in the world. Historically, it accelerated protons and their anti-matter counterpart antiprotons to 1 Trillion Volt energies. The tour will show the 1st stage accelerator chain from which everything start (picture). The location of our cancer therapy facility will be shown, as well as the Main Control Room, from which we control all the particle beams on site.  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.


(Pronounced “gee minus two”) The muon is the “big brother” particle to the familiar electron. It was discovered in cosmic rays many decades ago. Measurements of the fundamental characteristics of the muon, such as its spin, can be compared to the Standard Model of particles. Scientists hope to find discrepancies with this model, which will point the way to even more basic understanding of the makeup of the Universe.

g-2 begins beam operation in May of 2017, so future tours will not be as cool as this year’s tour.


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 (pictured here).

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 and SRF Facilities

The Magnet facility is part of a complex of buildings where designing, building and testing of high field magnets takes place. This facility built the superconducting quadrupole magnets that focus the beam in the LHC collider at Switzerland. Studies of new superconducting technology, in particular, Superconduting Radio Frequency (SRF) cavities, take place at this facility.


The Fermilab Accelerator Science and Technology (FAST) currently under construction at Fermilab will soon enable a broad range of beam-based experiments to study fundamental limitations to beam intensity and to develop transformative approaches to particle-beam generation, acceleration and manipulation. FAST incorporates a superconducting radiofrequency (SRF) linac coupled to a photoinjector and small-circumference storage ring capable of storing electrons or protons. FAST will establish a unique resource for R&D towards Energy Frontier facilities and a test-bed for SRF accelerators and high-brightness beam applications quark.