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Fermilab has developed a twenty-year plan that keeps the laboratory, and the
United States, at the forefront of the global quest to discover the fundamental nature
of the physical universe. This Plan for Discovery builds on the record of excellence
in scientific research and technological innovation that Fermilab and its community of users
have established over the course of four decades. It makes the best possible use of the
laboratory's existing world-class accelerators, experiments and technical infrastructure and
systematically builds new capabilities that support groundbreaking particle physics and
accelerator science research. Over the next twenty years, in partnership with the particle
physics and accelerator science communities, Fermilab will:
- Use the world's most intense beams of neutrinos, muons, kaons and nuclei to explore
new physics in unprecedented breadth and detail.
- Build Project X, the world's most powerful proton accelerator, to propel these experiments
to even greater sensitivity and to establish a versatile technical foundation for
- Construct the Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment, a leap forward in the quest to
understand the properties of neutrinos and the origins of a matter-dominated universe.
- Study new physics at the highest energies with experiments at the Large Hadron Collider
and contribute to major accelerator, detector and computing upgrades.
- Build and operate world-leading experiments to explore the nature of dark matter, dark
energy, cosmic rays and quantum spacetime.
- Build the technological base for future accelerators and particle physics detectors.
The study of the mysterious properties of neutrinos is one of the highest priorities in
particle physics. Fermilab today produces the world's most intense high-energy beam of
neutrinos. Upgrades to the accelerator complex over the next few years will double the proton
beam intensity and support a new suite of experiments with muons and neutrinos.
The keys to Fermilab's long-term future are two facilities that could be operating in the
2020s: the Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment and Project X. LBNE will take the next
major step in the quest to measure and understand the properties of neutrinos and determine
their connection to the observed excess of matter over antimatter in the universe. The
Project X accelerator complex will be unique in the world in its ability to simultaneously
deliver high-intensity proton beams in different formats to multiple experimental areas.
Project X experiments using neutrinos, muons, kaons and nuclei will provide new windows
on phenomena not accessible at particle colliders, and will be essential to break through
to a deeper understanding of nature and the origins of matter.
Fermilab's Plan for Discovery is strategically aligned with the national particle physics
program and takes into account existing and planned facilities around the world. It is
pragmatic and flexible enough to meet the challenges posed by new discoveries and changing
worldwide economic realities. The plan builds on the laboratory's ongoing experimental
and theoretical physics efforts, accelerator and detector R&D programs and computing
capabilities. It relies on the creativity and expertise of Fermilab's staV and users from
universities and research institutes across the country and around the world. It keeps the
laboratory and the U.S. particle physics community on the path to discoveries wherever
they may be found, whether in experiments at Fermilab using the highest-intensity beams
of particles, at the highest-energy particle colliders around the world, or from measurements
of matter and radiation in the cosmos.