April 16, 2010
Audit of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory's NOvA Project
The NuMI Off-Axis electron neutrino (ve) Appearance (NOvA) experiment is a neutrino physics research project conducted by the Office of Science's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab). The goal of the NOvA experiment is to advance the understanding of neutrino particles. Fermilab, in coordination with the University of Minnesota (University), must complete an accelerator and detector system needed for the experiment. Fermilab is upgrading its accelerator complex to increase beam power and constructing a 220 ton "Near Detector" that will monitor the neutrino beam as it leaves Fermilab. The University is responsible for constructing a detector hall and fabricating components for the 14,000 ton "Far Detector," near Ash River, Minnesota, 503 miles away.