Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Saturday October 01, 2011

Shutdown Looms at Pioneering American Atom Smasher

For the past 25 years, the particle accelerator at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory has been operating as the most powerful ‘atom smasher’ in the world. The crown has now passed to the scientists at Cern and the Large Hadron Collider and operating funding has dried up.

On Friday, physicists will shut down the facility's accelerator called the Tevatron, a once-unrivaled atom smasher that has been eclipsed by the Large Hadron Collider, buried beneath the border of France and Switzerland.