Today, the Tevatron accelerator at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory just outside Chicago has closed, ending its 28 years of smashing protons into antiprotons. The reasons for closing the 3.9 mile particle accelerator ring in Batavia, Illinois include budgetary constraints and its unfortunately obsolete status after the completion of CERN's Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland.
The accelerator's closing was celebrated by a live webcast of the shutdown and a lab-wide party. Lizzie Wade was there live to see the closing, and mourn the loss of America's greatest particle smasher along with the scientists.
Click to check out her photos and impressions from the event.
The Tevatron was the highest energy particle collider in the world until 2009, when the LHC became operational and broke the Tevatron's 0.98 teravolt beam record with a new record of 1.18 TeV per beam. The LHC has since achieved a 3.5 TeV beam, creating a 7 TeV collision. But the Tevatron is credited with discovering the top quark, two types of sigma baryon, the "Cascade B" Xi Baryon, and the "doubly strange" Omega-sub-b particle, as well as embarking on the hunt for the elusive "God particle", throughout its storied history. Join us in saying goodbye to this noble, incredibly powerful piece of machinery.
I just finish re-reading the previous POPSCI article and came across this splendid poem. I do not know the writer.
I do like it when POPSCI post old moth eat'n stories.
Oh what moth to a flame our Fermilab's Tevatron Collider particle breaks? Oh particle! Oh particle! Where art thou?
Higgs window is narrowing, what light attracts a moth like the! Please my heart pleads; I speak and deliver my God Particle to me!
So what happens with this enormous, leftover physics facility? And collider ring?
mourn the loss of America's greatest particle smasher along with the scientists. So does this mean we lost the scientists too?
Sad - not even 30 years and already closed for business.
@RisingPhoenix - great question. Would love to know. There must be some materials in there that can be salvaged?
I suspect from past POPSCI articles, they will reuse all the copper from this facility to make flexible memory fabric made of woven copper and copper-oxide wires that form a memory circuit or make lots of Scrunchable Antenna Sewn into Life Vests or both. ;)
No no no! All the scientist were tag, quantified, organized, specialized, characterized, identified down to the absolute smallest of particles and put in very good safe place for later use!
Or you can purchase your very own scientist in the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Lobby Gift store. They have little 3cm replica of the entire scientist on sale now. Hurry, while supplies last! ;)
@beyond9 well i dont know if you are getting mixed up with Halo the VIDEO GAME but we do not have the materials strong enough to hold it upright with gravity and earth rotation but even if we did have the material, we dont have it in proper quanities but ofcourse your being sarcastic anyway.
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