August 11 - 22, 2014

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Tours of Fermilab


About Tours

Tours of 6 areas on site will be available to the students Saturday afternoon, August 16, 2014, from 15:30 to 18:00. Students may pick one of four tour packages to visit.

  • Package 1 will tour (1) the Test Beam Facility, followed by (2) SiDet, and end with (3) D0.
  • Package 2 will tour (1) the Accelerator Source and Main Control Room, followed by (2) G-2, and end with (3) the NuMI underground area.
  • Package 3 will tour (1) D0, followed by (2) the Accelerator Source and Main Control Room, and end with (3) G-2.
  • Package 4 will tour (1) the NuMI underground area, followed by (2) the Test Beam Facility, and end with (3) SiDet.
Spots are limited to 20 students per tour package and sign up will be on a first-come-first-serve basis. Closed-toed shoes must be worn in all Facilities.


DZero is one of two detectors at Fermilab where the proton/anti-proton collisions took place in the Tevatron. The Tevatron was the world's largest accelerator until the startup of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. NOTE: Closed-toe shoes are required; no sandals are allowed!

Coordinated by Stefan Gruenendahl.

NuMI Underground (MINOS)

Travel 300 feet underground into the NuMI tunnel and check out the MINERvA and MINOS near detectors. Learn about neutrino beams and long-baseline experiments. NOTE: Closed-toe shoes are required; no sandals are allowed!

Coordinated by Bill Lee.


Using a 50-foot-diameter superconducting muon storage ring, scientists will accelerate an intense beam of muons to determine the value of a property known as the g-2 of the muon.

Coordinated by Aria Soha and Jerry Annala.

Test Beam Facility

The Fermilab Test Beam Program provides flexible, equal, and open access to test beams for research and development of detector technologies. The facility uses two versatile beamlines to provide beam in a multitude of particle types and a range of energies, with which users can test equipment or detectors.

Coordinated by Aria Soha.

Silicon Detector (SiDet) Facility

The 500-megapixel Dark Energy Camera that is now mounted on a telescope in Chile was built in the Silicon Detector Facility. Today the SiDet facility contains cleanrooms and laboratories for assembly and testing of detectors for both high energy physics and astrophysics experiments.

Coordinated by Gino Bolla.

Accelerator Source and Main Control Room

This tour describes how hydrogen atoms from a tank are eventually accelerated to 99.999% of the speed of light, and eventually sent to the experiments for use. Highlights the Linac and Cockroft-Walton accelerators, and the operators who control the beam.

CMS Remote Operations Center

The CMS detector is monitored from over four thousand miles away, right here at Fermilab. Learn what it takes to monitor things remotely, and about the LHC and CMS.

Event News

  • School Dates are August 11 - 22, 2014
  • Confirm Participation by May 9, 2014.
  • Application deadline is April 6, 2014


  • Hadron Collider Physics Summer School
  • August 11 - 22, 2014
  • The 2014 HCPSS, hosted by Fermilab in Batavia, IL, USA, is the ninth in a series of schools hosted jointly by CERN and Fermilab to prepare young researchers for the current exciting era of exploration of the smallest scales using Hadron Colliders.

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