Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Fermilab Getting Additional $60 Million

When it rains, it pours.

Just last year, Fermilab was laying off people, and others were forced to go on furloughs for a few days. How things have turned around dramatically.

As a part of the stimulus bill, Fermilab will be getting an additional $60 million, in addition to what it has received earlier.

More than $57 million will be used on developing new technology for a particle collider to replace Fermi's Tevatron. The new collider will use superconducting radio frequency technology to send particles hurtling at each other in experiments. Another $8 million will be spent designing an experiment involving high-intensity beams of neutrino particles.

I can't remember the last time we have this much available funds for high energy physics. It probably won't last, but at the very least, the expensive construction projects and needed infrastructure upgrade will be done, so then when the money start to diminish, the limited funds won't be channeled into these auxiliary expenses.


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