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Tevatron to cease collider operations by the end of fiscal year 2011

from Nature News

Fermilab's Tevatron particle accelerator will cease collider operations at the end of September as originally planned, despite calls to extend operations for a further three years. The decision – made by the Department of Energy (DOE) – means that the search for the elusive Higgs boson is now likely to become a one-horse race involving the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. More

Despite this announcement, NSBP member and long-time Fermilab employee, Herman White remains optimistic about the future of the lab. "Tevatron has been running extremely well. Every week they are announcing new milestones in luminosity and other parameters. It had exceeded all original expectations and had been involved in a number of historic discoveries. This is a testament to the accelerator scientists here, he says. "But there is much more physics going on than the search for Higgs. There are important analysis in jet physics, single top production and heavy quark physics within the CDF and D0, collaborations and several others." White also points out that there is much Tevatron data analysis work that will occupy physicists for many years after operations cease.

Lab director, Pier Oddone, also points out that despite the ending of Tevatron collider operations, the Office of Science and Fermilab are committed to maintaining the laboratory as a world leader for particle physics. More more


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