Fermilab National Laboratory may have shut down their particle accelerator, the Tevatron, earlier this year, but their researching days are far from over.
State, federal and local officials recently gathered at the national lab in Batavia to break ground on Fermilab’s Illinois Accelerator Research Center (IARC).
Scientists and engineers at Fermilab, Argonne and Illinois universities will work together researching and developing breakthroughs in accelerator science, using them to create the newest particle accelerator technologies.
“Our field, the field of particle physics, or high energy physics, has been the fountain of innovation of accelerators,” said Pier Oddone, Director of Fermilab. “These are now used worldwide. More than 30,000 accelerators are in operation, from discovery science, to exploration in medicine, to national security.”
The 42,000 square foot state of the art facility will be paid for with $20 million worth of state capitol funds through the Illinois Jobs Now plan and $13 million from the U.S. Department of Energy.
It will also create 80 construction jobs and nearly 200 high-tech jobs for Illinois.
The IARC is expected to open in 2013.
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