Groundbreaking: Friday, May 1, 2009, at 2:30 p.m.

The NOvA experiment, a collaboration of more than 180 scientists from 28 institutions, will be the world’s most advanced neutrino experiment. NOvA physicists will address the question: "What happened to the antimatter in the universe?" The Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory will send an intense neutrino beam from Fermilab in Illinois to the NOvA Detector Facility, a new international laboratory of the University of Minnesota School of Physics and Astronomy in Ash River, Minnesota. Construction of the detector facility, supported under a $45 million cooperative agreement for research between DOE and the University of Minnesota, is expected to generate 60 to 80 jobs, plus purchases of materials and services from US companies.