Geneva Troop 5

Fermilab Tour
July 21, 2004


Our good friend Sasha Rakitin, a scientist at Fermilab, is leaving the ward to take a post-doc position in England. Congratulations Sasha! Before he gets away though, he was kind enough to give our troop a custom tour of the some of facilities.
Wilson Hall, the main building at Fermilab. It's split down the middle (like splitting atoms--get it?) and hollow in the middle. There's a big Foucault pendulum inside.
Heading in.
Nice summer evening. Fermilab's buffalo roam in a field beyond the lab with the orange roof.
The Collider Detector Facility (CDF) covers a lot of ground.
Justin Sanchez looks toward the "Neutrino Area."
Sasha explains how the universe works at the sub-atomic level. Chris Reynolds wants to know what happens if put a part of your body in the path of the accelerator.
Stay out of the inside of this ring! The water, used for cooling, could contain residual radiation. You need special clearance and training to get inside there.
This is what a nuclear accelerator looks like. Troop 5 is thinking of building one with poles and lashings at the next camporee.
Sasha answers Scoutmaster Dale Blotter's question about how he, as a scientist, reconciles God and theories of the universe. Good question and good answer.
One of the first stages of the CDF, where electrons are stripped off of Hydrogen atoms. Unfortunately, we ran out of time to go into some of the other buildings. Thanks, Sasha for the tour, and "do svidaniya!"
Text and photos by Rob Stevens.
Last updated July 25, 2004.
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