Fermilab A Plan for Discovery

About the
The Plan for Discovery

About Fermilab

Fermilab is America's only national laboratory fully dedicated to particle physics research. By building some of the most complex and powerful particle accelerators and detectors in the world, scientists at Fermilab expand humankind's understanding of matter, energy, space and time.

Fermilab's 1,900 employees and 2,300 scientific users from universities and laboratories across the country and around the globe carry out a world-leading program of discovery at the three interrelated frontiers of particle physics. At the Intensity Frontier, intense beams from Fermilab's particle accelerators are used to explore neutrino interactions and ultra-rare processes in nature. At the Energy Frontier, Fermilab scientists and users search for signals of new physics phenomena in the data from high-energy particle collisions. At the Cosmic Frontier, scientists use the cosmos as a laboratory to investigate the fundamental laws of physics.

Technologies developed at Fermilab sustain advanced scientific research and spur innovation to meet the challenges of America's future. Fermilab is an R&D center for superconducting radio-frequency cavities, the technology of choice for the next generation of accelerators that also has potential applications in medicine, nuclear energy and materials science. Fermilab scientists develop next-generation particle detectors and computing capabilities that enable future discoveries.

Fermilab inspires and trains the next generation of scientists and engineers. In 2010, students earned more than 100 Ph.D. degrees based on work they did at Fermilab, and about 38,000 K-12 students either participated in activities at Fermilab or received visits in their classrooms by Fermilab staff.

Fermi Research Alliance manages Fermilab for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. FRA is an alliance of the University of Chicago and the Universities Research Association, a consortium of 86 universities. FRA combines the depth and commitment of the University of Chicago with the broad involvement of URA universities for the benefit of Fermilab, the particle physics community and the nation.

The unique partnership between FRA and the Department of Energy is defined in the contractual relationship between the parties. The Fermi Site Office is the DOE Office of Science program representative located at Fermilab. FSO is responsible for evaluating contract deliverables and providing government approvals on or ahead of schedule to ensure continued progress toward the scientific mission. FSO's fewer than 20 federal employees, as the landlord and stewards of the mission, partner with FRA to ensure that land, facilities, equipment and scientific capabilities are all aligned to deliver particle physics research well into the future.