Scenery and Science in a Physics Wonderland
Keep an eye out for the bison herd on the left, and feel free to pull into a viewing location and pause the tour if you’d like to hang out with them.
A bit more about the Industrial Building Complex we passed. That’s where we built magnets for what is now the most powerful collider in the world, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Europe. International partnership is crucial for today’s large physics experiments. Such cooperation led to the 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson, the last fundamental particle we expected to find.
The technology behind the Fermilab magnets is also used in magnets for MRIs in medical centers. They are superconductive, meaning they conduct currents without any electrical resistance. Our magnets are operated at around -450 degrees Fahrenheit and weigh about 11,000 pounds.