The Department of Energy's Jefferson Lab, located in Newport News, Va., will hold an Open House on Saturday, April 16, 2005, celebrating 2005: The World Year of Physics.
"The Lab's last Open House was about two years ago," says Linda Ware, Jefferson Lab Public Affairs manager. "We look forward to this event because it gives everyone here the opportunity to share their work and the Lab's accomplishments with the public." The event will be free of charge, open to the public and be held rain or shine. Visitors will be able to arrive between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Parts of every major area of the facility will be open. In addition to a section of the electron beam accelerator, visitors will also be able to enter two of the Lab's experimental halls, the accelerator control center, Free-Electron Laser Facility and Computer Center. A variety of displays will be set up in the accelerator assembly area where R&D and assembly of components for Jefferson Lab's accelerator and its proposed energy upgrade to 12 Billion Electron Volts (GeV) takes place, and work on the superconducting components for the Department of Energy's newest research facility, the Spallation Neutron Source are assembled and tested. The Lab's data acquisition activities, and tech transfer endeavors into medical imaging will also be on display. This year, Jefferson Lab and participating universities will have laboratories in the City of Newport News Applied Research Center open for viewing.
In addition to highlighting the latest physics research and technology developments underway at Jefferson Lab, the event will include a variety of hands-on, science-education oriented activities for the young and young-at-heart, provided by Jefferson Lab, local universities that conduct research at Jefferson Lab, regional museums and government agencies. Lab staff will be on hand to answer questions and give the ever-popular Liquid Nitrogen Demonstration throughout the day.
Free, public parking for the Open House will be at the Canon Virginia parking lot located at 12000 Canon Boulevard, in the Oyster Point area of Newport News, Va. Free special-event buses will shuttle visitors from the Canon parking lot to Jefferson Lab (about a 3-minute bus ride) on a regular schedule from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The last bus bringing guests to Jefferson Lab will depart the Canon parking lot promptly at 2 p.m. The last bus returning visitors to the Canon parking lot will leave Jefferson Lab at 4 p.m. Handicap and group parking will be available at Jefferson Lab. Handicap visitors and bus groups should contact Sarah Ingels, 269-7444, or Linda Ware, 269-7698, to make arrangements for parking.
Photos by Greg Adams, Jefferson Lab
Submitted: Wednesday, March 16, 2005 - 2:00pm