It’s Particle Accelerator Day
In recognition of the labs’ role as world leaders in accelerator technology, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich issued a proclamation declaring the day as “Particle Accelerator Day” in Illinois, which was read by IDCEO Director Lavin during the signing ceremony at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago.
Argonne National Lab and Fermi National Accelerator Lab are both in the western suburbs of Chicago. They are taming up to work on accelerator technology, since each is hoping to get a large new accelerator. Argonne would like to build the Rare Isotope Accelerator. Fermilab would like to host the International Linear Collider. Both would rely on superconducting radiofrequency cavities to accelerate the beam, so they are hoping to do joint research that will benefit both.