Catching neutrinos with Fermilab’s massive next-generation detector

Neutrinos are subatomic, electrically neutral particles that many scientists believe can help us better understand what our universe is made of. To study the behavior and travel of neutrinos, which are capable of passing right through the earth, the Department of Energy’s Fermilab is building a two piece neutrino cannon and detector under its NOvA experiment. The cannon, located in Batavia, Illinois, will shoot particles six miles below the earth’s surface to a new detector in Ash River, Minnesota, over 500 miles away. The whole trip takes about three milliseconds.

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