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Saturday, October 01, 2011

The Last, Great American Accelerator

Yesterday the Tevatron, once the pride of the physics community, was turned off for the last time, after 28 years of service. Now, for the first time since accelerators were invented in this country in the 1930s, the United States no longer supports a single high-energy accelerator facility. Instead, the remnants of the experimental high-energy physics community in this country are forced to travel overseas for their experiments.