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  • Main Injector Neutrino Oscillation Search - MINOS - is an experiment at Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois, designed to study the phenomena known as neutrino oscillations.

    James Rollins came with me to the Department of Energy owned government facility to experience an astounding tour. MINOS lives 300 feet below the surface in a special tunnel where very few people are allowed to visit. We were invited and the photo above is my friend and best-selling scientific thriller author, James Rollins, standing deep underground in the tunnel.

    The experiment uses a beam of neutrino particles produced by the NuMI beamline facility. Each beam of neutrinos is sent through the two MINOS detectors, one at Fermilab and one in the Soudan Mine in northern Minnesota. The two detectors are about 735-km apart, making what is called a "long-baseline" neutrino experiment. There are about 110 scientists, post doctorates, and students at 30 separate facilities performing data analysis for the MINOS collaboration.

    I am excited to see how James Rollins might use this material we learned about in the future. He and I were both awed by the privilege of being able to visit the facility and learn so much from the physicists at Fermilab.
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