Fermilab's Technology Strengths
Fermilab is the U.S. accelerator laboratory, dedicated to developing particle accelerators for physics research. This technology also has many applications outside of physics, including medical applications like PET scans and commercial applications like curing rubber tires or shrinkwrapping products. Through the Illinois Accelerator Research Center (IARC), Fermilab partners with industry and universities to help create accelerator-based products, applications, companies and jobs.
Accelerators can collide particles together, but scientists need detectors to reveal what happens when they do. Fermilab has been at the forefront of detector technology for decades, working most recently on the massive CMS detector at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland and the next generation of neutrino detectors for experiments in the U.S. The technologies developed for these physics experiments can be applied to fields as diverse as the financial industry and medical diagnostics.
Particle physics experiments produce an enormous amount of data. It takes an extraordinary amount of computing power to sift through that data and find the one signal in a billion that could tell us more about our universe. Fermilabís computing innovations have led to multiple applications, driven by our need to process massive amounts of information, store it and transmit it effectively.
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