Current Projects

MINOS is the Main Injector Neutrino Oscillation Search, the initial experiment for which the NuMI Facility was designed. Data-taking began in 2005 and is expected to continue through 2010 and perhaps beyond. Starting in the fall 2009 the NuMI beam will be set up to produce an anti-neutrino beam, allowing MINOS to investigate anti-neutrino long-baseline oscillations.

MINERvA, Main Injector Neutrino ExpeRiment ν-A will measure low energy neutrino interactions in support of current and future neutrino experiments, located in the MINOS Hall and using the NuMI beam. A 24-plane prototype detector was installed in the spring of 2009; the full detector will be installed starting summer 2009.

COUPP is the Chicagoland Observatory for Undergroud Particle Physics, a dark matter detector experiment located in the MINOS Tunnel just upstream of the MINOS Hall. A test detector was operating in that space since 2005, and was be upgraded from a 1-liter to a 2-liter vessel in 2008. In 2010 the 30-liter vessel was moved underground, and will begin taking data shortly.

DAMIC stands for DArk Matter In CCDs, and is another dark matter detector experiment located in the MINOS Tunnel. It is a test-of-concept in using liquid-nitrogen-cooled CCDs as a detector for low mass WIMPs.

Comming Soon...

The NOvA experiment will search for νμ→ νe oscillations using a liquid scintillator detector. It is a long-baseline experiment and like MINOS, has a Near detector at Fermilab and a Far detector in northern Minnesota. The NOvA Near detector will be located in a new underground Hall adjacent to the MINOS Tunnel. Excavation is not expected to begin before 2012.

Presentation on NOvA Near Detector Cavern Construction Impacts on MINOS Hall Experiments/Users:PDF

Past Projects

ArgoNeuT, liquid Argon Neutrino Test, is a joint NSF/DOE R&D project at Fermilab to expose a small scale liquid Argon TPC (time projection chamber) detector to the NuMi beam. It was installed in the MINOS Hall in February 2009, filled in May 2009, and operated between the MINOS and MINERvA detectors until it was removed in February of 2010. ArgoNeuT is currently looking for a new location at the lab to continue their study.

PEANUT was a test detector for emulsion bricks used in the CERN OPERA experiment; it was located just in front of the MINOS Near detector from 2005 through early 2008 and has been decommissioned.


In addition there are small test detector experiments located in the Muon Alcoves. While these are Accelerator Division areas, apparatus setups go through the same ORC safety procedure as in the PPD areas; these experiments also use computing network support supplied from the MINOS Hall. Access to the Alcoves requires additional training to what is required for MINOS Areas access.