What are we made of? How did the universe begin? What secrets do the smallest, most elemental particles of matter hold, and how can they help us understand the intricacies of space and time?
Since 1967, Fermilab has worked to answer these and other fundamental questions and enhance our understanding of everything we see around us. As the United States’ premier particle physics laboratory, we do science that matters. We work on the world’s most advanced particle accelerators and dig down to the smallest building blocks of matter. We also probe the farthest reaches of the universe, seeking out the nature of dark matter and dark energy.
Fermilab’s 1,750 employees include scientists and engineers from all around the world. Fermilab collaborates with more than 20 countries on physics experiments based in the United States and elsewhere.
Fermilab’s 6,800-acre site is located in Batavia, Illinois, and is managed by the Fermi Research Alliance LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science. FRA is a partnership of the University of Chicago and Universities Research Association Inc., a consortium of 89 research universities.
Fermilab’s vision and mission
Fermilab is America’s particle physics and accelerator laboratory.
Our vision is to solve the mysteries of matter, energy, space and time for the benefit of all. We strive to:
◾lead the world in neutrino science with particle accelerators
◾lead the nation in the development of particle colliders and their use for scientific discovery
◾advance particle physics through measurements of the cosmos
Our mission is to drive discovery by:
◾building and operating world-leading accelerator and detector facilities
◾performing pioneering research with national and global partners
◾developing new technologies for science that support U.S. industrial competitiveness