The PIP-II plan is pushing the boundaries of research and development in particle accelerator technology. Browse our PIP-II image gallery to see the PIP-II accelerator scheme and components, as well as a rendering of the future site of the heart of PIP-II, the Superconducting Linac.
This new complex of buildings, located near Fermilab’s Wilson Hall, will host the 215-meter-long (700-foot-long) PIP-II particle accelerator, the new heart of the Fermilab accelerator complex. Download high-res image
This architectural rendering shows the buildings that will house the new PIP-II accelerators. Download high-res image
The new PIP-II superconducting linear accelerator will provide a powerful proton beam for the Fermilab accelerator complex, which will create the world’s most intense high-energy neutrino beam for the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, hosted by Fermilab. Download high-res image
With help from its partner institutions, Fermilab has built the PIP-II Injector Test Facility or PIP2IT, a test facility, with the low-energy (non-superconducting) section of the PIP-II accelerator. Scientists use it to test and optimize the production and delivery of particle beams for the new accelerator. PIP2IT is being expanded to house the first two PIP-II cryomodules in 2019. Download high-res image
Cooled with liquid helium to below minus 270 degrees Celsius (minus 454 degrees Fahrenheit), this five-cell, 650-MHz superconducting radio-frequency cavity is one of the central features of the PIP-II particle accelerator project at Fermilab. PIP-II will use strings of these cavities to propel particles to about 800 million electronvolts, or 84 percent of the speed of light. Download high-res image
A Fermilab scientist tunes one of the 650-MHz cavities that PIP-II will use for the acceleration of particles. Download high-res image
In a cleanroom at Fermilab, a technician works on a string of superconducting 325-MHz spoke resonator cavities for the PIP-II particle accelerator. Download high-res image
A technician works on a 325-MHz spoke resonator cavity for the PIP-II particle accelerator at Fermilab. Download high-res image
Rendering of the SSR1 cryomodule, one of the superconducting cryomodules needed for the PIP-II particle accelerator. Download high-res image
On Friday, March 15, Fermilab broke ground on the PIP-II accelerator project, joined by dignitaries from the United States and international partners on the project. From left: Senator Tammy Duckworth (IL), Senator Dick Durbin (IL), Rep. Sean Casten (IL-6), Rep. Robin Kelly (IL-2), Rep. Bill Foster (IL-11), Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer, Rep. Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar, PIP-II Project Director Lia Merminga, DOE Associate Director for High Energy Physics Jim Siegrist, University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer, Consul General of India Neeta Bhushan, British Consul General John Saville, Consul General of Italy Giuseppe Finocchiaro, Consul General of France Guillaume Lacroix, DOE Fermi Site Office Manager Mike Weis, DOE PIP-II Federal Project Director Adam Bihary and Consul General of Poland Piotr Janicki. Credit: Fermilab
Shortly after breaking ground on the PIP-II accelerator project on Friday, March 15, Fermilab employees were joined by the governor of Illinois, six members of Congress and partners from around the world in this group photo. Credit: Fermilab
On Thursday, July 22, Fermilab and partners broke ground on the new PIP-II cryoplant building. From left: DOE Fermi Site Office Manager Roger Snyder, Fermilab PIP-II Project Manager Marc Kaducak, Fermilab PIP-II Project Technical Director Arkadiy Klebaner, Fermilab PIP-II Project Director Lia Merminga, DOE Fermi Site Office Federal Project Director Steve Neus, DOE Under Secretary of Science Paul Dabbar, Fermilab PIP-II Conventional Facilities Manager Steve Dixon, Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer, Fermilab PIP-II In-kind Contribution Technical Integration Manager Allan Rowe, DOE PIP-II Federal Project Director Adam Bihary. Credit: Fermilab
The PIP-II project is an essential upgrade of Fermilab’s particle accelerator complex. It is the first U.S. particle accelerator project with significant contributions from international partners. Research institutions in France, India, Italy and the UK will build major components of the new particle accelerator. PIP-II’s high-intensity proton beams will provide a flexible platform for the long-term future of the Fermilab accelerator complex and the U.S. accelerator-based particle physics program. It positions Fermilab to be the world leader in accelerator-based neutrino research. It enables the scientific program for the international, Fermilab-hosted Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment and Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility.
In this 12-minute video, Fermilab scientist Don Lincoln discusses the PIP-II project, a significant upgrade to Fermilab’s accelerator complex.
The PIP-II project at Fermilab includes the construction of a 215-meter-long particle accelerator that will accelerate particles to 84% of the speed of light. It is the first U.S. particle accelerator project with significant contributions from international partners. Research institutions in France, India, Italy, Poland, the UK and the United States are building major components of the new machine. Superconducting radio-frequency cavities will provide the electromagnetic waves that propel particles to 800 million electronvolts. The new particle accelerator will enable Fermilab to generate an unprecedented stream of neutrinos—subtle, subatomic particles that could hold the key to understanding the universe’s evolution. It will power the scientific program for the international, Fermilab-hosted Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) and Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF).
Watch the construction of PIP-II in real time. This camera, located on the 16th floor of Wilson Hall looking east, will document the construction of the conventional facilities to house the PIP-II accelerator and related work.
Watch the construction of PIP-II in real time. This camera, located on the Fermilab Main Ring infield looking west-northwest, will document the construction of the conventional facilities to house the PIP-II accelerator and related work.