|Extending from the Main
Ring lay the beam lines of the Experimental Areas for the fixed target
experiments. Through the power poles designed personally by Wilson,
he intended "the power to come in" and, from the switchyard, "the protons
to go out." Wilson proposed interesting architecture, including his
own ideas, to enhance the open landscape covering what he thought would
be temporary laboratories. The curved and colorful roof of inverted
culvert marks the Meson Lab. The Neutrino Lab, home of the 15-foot bubble
chamber, is capped by its bright geodesic dome. A pagoda sits atop the
Proton Lab Area with a tower of distinctive geometric design enclosing
a double helix stairway. Physicists from all over the world submitted
proposals in 1970 for the first experiments using the frontier accelerator.
The beam lines were ready in 1972.