New Fermilab accelerator to further efforts to understand the universe

  • This architectural rendering shows the buildings that will house the new PIP-II accelerator at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia.

    This architectural rendering shows the buildings that will house the new PIP-II accelerator at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia. Courtesy of Fermilab

  • Gov. J.B. Pritzker, center, has his picture taken from a lift with many other attendees after a groundbreaking ceremony Friday for a new accelerator at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia.

      Gov. J.B. Pritzker, center, has his picture taken from a lift with many other attendees after a groundbreaking ceremony Friday for a new accelerator at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Gov. J.B. Pritzker, center, talks to Lia Merminga, PIP-II project director, and Consul General of India in Chicago Neeta Bhushan on Friday during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new particle accelerator at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia.

      Gov. J.B. Pritzker, center, talks to Lia Merminga, PIP-II project director, and Consul General of India in Chicago Neeta Bhushan on Friday during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new particle accelerator at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Lia Merminga, PIP-II project director, speaks Friday during a groundbreaking ceremony at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia for a new linear proton accelerator, called PIP-II.

      Lia Merminga, PIP-II project director, speaks Friday during a groundbreaking ceremony at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia for a new linear proton accelerator, called PIP-II. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Director Nigel Lockyer speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new linear proton accelerator, called PIP-II.

      Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Director Nigel Lockyer speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new linear proton accelerator, called PIP-II. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 3/15/2019 6:04 PM

Dignitaries, scientists and others were excited Friday to break ground for a new accelerator that will, with other nations' help, keep Fermilab at the forefront of research in to high-energy particle physics.

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