The End of an Era -- Lights Out for the Tevatron

01/22/2011 02:19AM

The End of an Era -- Lights Out for the Tevatron
Fermilab Director Pier Oddone announced that the Tevatron will shut down in the end of September 2011. The present budgetary climate did not permit the Department of Energy (DOE) to secure the additional funds needed to run the Tevatron for three more years as recommended by the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel.

"We plan to extract every bit of physics we can from this final Tevatron running period. The Tevatron has already exceeded all expectations, and given the large datasets we will continue to find new results and discoveries in the Tevatron data for years to come. The life of this legendary machine has been marked by historic discoveries made possible by its innovative accelerator and detector technologies. The experience gained during its operation has also immensely helped the development of the LHC accelerator and detectors." stated Pier Oddone.

"Fermilab is and will remain a very strong part of the LHC program and will continue to pursue physics at the high-energy frontier together with our collaborators at CERN. There are lots of mysteries that we are after, and we want to use all of the tools at our disposal to try to understand them" Oddone said.

"The Tevatron has performed outstanding, and we expect to collect a significant sample of data. There is such a rich probe of data that we will be analyzing it for years to come and many important physics results are also yet to come from the data" he said.

Rocky Kolb of the University of Chicago stated "All great accelerators have an end. Any disappointment at the closing of the Tevatron is tempered by my wonderful memories of my time at Fermilab, when the Tevatron was cranking out discoveries and it was the center of the high-energy physics world."

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