Fermilab Receives Approval To Upgrade Particle Accelerator

Jim Gudas
August 06, 2018 - 11:28 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A federal lab near Batavia is one step closer to a major upgrade, which could help unlock secrets to how the universe works. 

Fermilab has announced it's received preliminary approval for its $750-million plan to upgrade its particle accelerator, which uses streams of neutrinos for a wide variety of physics research, by the middle of the next decade.

Project Director Lia Merminga said the plan also includes beaming neutrinos through the Earth's crust to a giant receptor about 800 miles away in South Dakota.

She said the goal is to unlock many secrets of the universe, including one familiar to many science fiction fans.

"This could help explain why the universe is made up of predominantly matter..." she said.

Merminga said the Energy Department will pay much of the bill for the accelerator, but international partners are also covering some of the costs.