The development and construction of particle accelerators has led to many benefits to society. Beyond increasing scientists’ knowledge and understanding of physics and the cosmos, the new technologies developed through this work have applications beyond the world of physics. PIP-II superconducting accelerator technology developments do not only propel fundamental science forward. They also have applications in medicine, industry, national security, computing and the environment.
Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is not merely an initiative for Fermilab, but rather is a driving principle for the lab and the people who work there. Every day Fermilab recruits, trains and develops some of the world’s top scientists and engineers. Some stay at Fermilab, and many go to other institutions and companies, where they drive innovation and mentor other researchers. PIP-II collaborators are proud to play a key role in developing and inspiring tomorrow’s scientific and engineering leaders — both in the U.S. and internationally — through the project’s collaboration with international partners.
PIP-II construction is a tangible example of the commitment of the United States, Illinois and the Chicagoland area to remain at the forefront of scientific discovery. The development of PIP-II, LBNF and DUNE will have a multimillion-dollar economic impact in Illinois and South Dakota, according to a 2018 study by Anderson Economic Group.
In addition, institutions from across the United States and around the globe contribute to these projects. The opportunity to build and test components for PIP-II also has multiplying effects for international collaborators, who will gain expertise and develop capabilities in accelerator technology that can be applied in their home countries.