This week, I participated in a roundtable discussion about the future of American particle physics at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Joined by my colleague on the Space, Science & Technology Committee, Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL-14th), we discussed recent reports from Switzerland of a faster-than-light particle, and potential future projects for scientists at Fermi and other labs supported by the Department of Energy.
Fermi will shut down the Tevatron (previously the largest particle accelerator in the world) today, but scientists are hard at work on plans for the future. At the roundtable, Fermi Director Pier Oddone proposed a new experiment to study neutrinos by sending a beam of particles from Fermi to an underground lab in Colorado's Homestake gold mine. This type of research can have a dramatic impact on the world, alter our understanding of the universe and pave the way for breakthroughs in medicine, energy, security, and more.
I've long believed that maintaining U.S. leadership in the sciences is critical to our global competitiveness in the 21st century. That's why I was thrilled to be part of this event, and I look forward to sharing Fermi's priorities with my colleagues in Washington.