The Tevatron

The awesomely named particle accelerator at Fermilab, the Batavia, Ill.-based physics research facility, sent its last subatomic particle crashing around its underground racetrack on Sept. 30, after 28 years of faithful service. The Tevatron was eclipsed in recent years by the Large Hadron Collider, a bigger, faster, accelerator near Geneva, Switzerland -- a facility so cool that it was featured in Dan Brown's novel ¿Angels & Demons¿ (2000), the prequel to "The Da Vinci Code" (2003). The Tevatron, a workhorse of the physics world that produced significant discoveries such as the top quark in 1995, may be repurposed, but for now, it's lights out for this local hero.<br>-- Julia Keller

The awesomely named particle accelerator at Fermilab, the Batavia, Ill.-based physics research facility, sent its last subatomic particle crashing around its underground racetrack on Sept. 30, after 28 years of faithful service. The Tevatron was eclipsed in recent years by the Large Hadron Collider, a bigger, faster, accelerator near Geneva, Switzerland -- a facility so cool that it was featured in Dan Brown's novel ¿Angels & Demons¿ (2000), the prequel to "The Da Vinci Code" (2003). The Tevatron, a workhorse of the physics world that produced significant discoveries such as the top quark in 1995, may be repurposed, but for now, it's lights out for this local hero.
-- Julia Keller

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