Fermilab MicroBooNE Detector

A big move at Fermilab means big advancements in the field of physics.

The MicroBooNE detector traveled three miles across the Fermilab site to its permanent home. The 30-ton vessel is designed to study neutrinos: tiny chargeless particles that travel near light speeds.

After nearly two years of being under construction, the MicroBooNE detector has been equipped with a 32-foot long time projection chamber, the largest ever in the United States.

This chamber will help further study the properties of neutrinos, which could unveil many unexplained mysteries of the universe.

The vessel was hoisted up by a crane and lowered through the open roof of the laboratory’s test facility where it will be placed in the path of the lab’s neutrino beam.

It will be filled with 170 tons of heavy liquid that will release charged particles once it interacts with neutrinos.

Scientists hope this new device will help them find a fourth type of neutrino.

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