Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

What Does Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Mean?

The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab for short) is a national laboratory for the United States Department of Energy. Located in Batavia, Illinois, it is part of the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor. Most of the activity at the lab focuses on particle physics, with highly innovative research in subatomic activity and the nature of dark matter.

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Techopedia Explains Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory is located in Batavia, Illinois, where it replaced a small community in order to be built in 1966. The lab was founded in 1967 as the National Accelerator Laboratory, then in 1974 was renamed after Italian physicist and Nobel Laureate, Enrico Fermi, who achieved pioneering accomplishments in quantum theory and statistical mechanics. The facility spans about 6,800 acres and has contributed to the discovery of several major subatomic particles.

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