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Yesterday we sent off the first of many cryomodules to @slac_lab. There, it will be incorporated (along with its siblings) into LCLS-II, a revolutionary X-ray laser.
Fermilab scientist Alex Romanenko took us behind the scenes at the new quantum lab at the Industrial Center Building to show us superconducting cavities and a dilution refrigerator.

#science #physics #particles #quantum #lablife
Today Fermilab welcomed @energy's @secretaryperry and @repbillfoster. They couldn't resist the pull of the Muon g-2 magnet. They also saw neutrino experiments, accelerator technology, quantum computing technology, bison, and much more.

#science #physics
Find some inspiration for science cookies this holiday season - like these festive penguin diagram treats!

Did you know that Fermilab has an Electrical Engineering Department? The department works on detector front-end electronics for experiments such as MINERvA, DUNE, and Mu2e at Fermilab, and CMS at CERN. 
#science #physics #engineering #STEM
Deck the halls with Nobel physicists!

If you're feeling crafty, head to Symmetry Magazine to find templates for paper snowflakes featuring Curie, Einstein, and Schrテカdinger.


#science #STEM #STEAM #winter #crafts #snowflakes #physics
Showing off the future home of the ICARUS detectors! The two cryostats (currently outside the building) will go side by side into what is essentially a giant insulated cooler. This experiment will help us better understand strange particles called neutrinos.

#science #STEM #physics #neutrinos #particles #detectors #bigscience
We've had an American bald eagle visiting us this month.

#nature #fermilab #bird #birding
Sometimes we celebrate superconducting magnet technology milestones with cookies!

These were spotted in Wilson Hall on Monday afternoon, when Fermilab received an award from IEEE for developments made for the Tevatron.

#magnets #physics #particles #science #engineering #technology #niobium #titanium #accelerators
#sugar #cookies
#ThrowbackThursday to #Fermilabs50th anniversary open house in September and some of the many wonderful people who helped run tours at the neutrino campus.

We're already looking forward to our smaller Family Open House on February 11! 
#science #physics #particles #STEM #tours #neutrinos
A team of scientists using the Dark Energy Camera (DECam), the primary observing tool of the Dark Energy Survey, was among the first to observe the fiery aftermath of a recently detected burst of gravitational waves, recording images of the first confirmed explosion from two colliding neutron stars ever seen by astronomers.

Images taken with DECam captured the flaring-up and fading over time of a kilonova 窶 an explosion similar to a supernova, but on a smaller scale 窶 that occurs when collapsed stars (called neutron stars) crash into each other, creating heavy radioactive elements.

This particular violent merger, which occurred 130 million years ago in a galaxy near our own (NGC 4993), is the source of the gravitational waves detected by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the Virgo collaborations on Aug. 17. This is the fifth source of gravitational waves to be detected.

This latest event is the first detection of gravitational waves caused by two neutron stars colliding and thus the first one to have a visible source. The previous gravitational wave detections were traced to binary black holes, which cannot be seen through telescopes. This neutron star collision occurred relatively close to home, so within a few hours of receiving the notice from LIGO/Virgo, scientists were able to point telescopes in the direction of the event and get a clear picture of the light.

#gravitationalwaves #science #physics #space #LIGO #DECam #DarkEnergySurvey #astrophysics #kilonova
Researchers set up a sample beneath the A2D2 accelerator to test the electron beam.

A2D2, the Accelerator Applicaton Development and Demonstration project, helps Fermilab and partners explore new applications for compact linear accelerators that are only a few feet long (instead of a few hundred feet long). #science #physics #particles #STEM #fermilab #accelerators