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Italian PM Visits Fermi Lab Tunnel

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi pauses for photos at the Fermi Lab in Batavia, Illinois.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi pauses for photos at the Fermi Lab in Batavia, Illinois.

The particle accelerator of the Fermi Lab near Chicago, Illinois, the most important Physics research center in the United States, was visited by Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi on March 30. The project was built by Italy-based contractor Salini Impregilo.

This project was built in 2000 on behalf of the Universities Research Association (URA) and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The 1,200-m long tunnel, worth $40 million, was created as part of the “Neutrino at Main Injector” program, allowing the acceleration of neutrinos at the main injector for physics experiments.

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The lab is located in Batavia, Illinois, about at an hour’s drive from Chicago. The lab was named after Physics Nobel Prize winner Enrico Fermi who, after running away from Italy, established himself at the University of Chicago. The Fermi Lab has for 40 years now been the leading lab in the United States as far as research on the physics of particles is concerned.

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