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Federal Labs Launch Pilot Program for Accelerator Research Stewardship

April 22, 2015

The Illinois Accelerator Research Center (IARC) is a new research facility for scientists and engineers from Fermilab, Argonne, and Illinois universities to work alongside industrial partners to develop breakthroughs in accelerator science and apply them to areas such as computing, health, industry, and homeland security. Using electromagnetic fields to propel charged particles at high speeds and to contain them in well-defined beams, accelerator technology allows for the investigation of many aspects of particle physics and application in a variety of industries. As an economic development tool, the IARC intends to attract private industry partners to create new high-tech jobs, while simultaneously providing state-of-the-art training and education to researchers and practitioners. The facility also provides Fermilab with an increased opportunity to pursue future proposed particle accelerators, placing Illinois in a position to become a world leader in accelerator research, development, and industrialization, according to the IARC website.

On Tuesday, April 28, 2015, the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory will present the Midwest Launch of the Accelerator Stewardship Test Facility Pilot Program. Held at Fermilab, in Batavia, IL, the free to attend event will offer tours of the testing facility and presentations by subject-matter experts. More details on the event and how to register can be found here.

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