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Fermilab's legendary atom-smasher is shut down

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  • The beam and ramp controls are shut down in the Main Control Room as the Tevatron accelerator is shut down for good Friday at Fermilab. The image was taken from a video feed.

      The beam and ramp controls are shut down in the Main Control Room as the Tevatron accelerator is shut down for good Friday at Fermilab. The image was taken from a video feed.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

  • Associate staff scientist Ben Kilminster signs off from the video feed in the Collider Detector experiment control room as staff members applaud the final run of the Tevatron accelerator Friday at Fermilab in Batavia.

      Associate staff scientist Ben Kilminster signs off from the video feed in the Collider Detector experiment control room as staff members applaud the final run of the Tevatron accelerator Friday at Fermilab in Batavia.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

  • A computer monitor in the Main Control Room shows the particle beam, left, and energy levels dropping off as the Tevatron is shut down for good at Fermilab in Batavia.

      A computer monitor in the Main Control Room shows the particle beam, left, and energy levels dropping off as the Tevatron is shut down for good at Fermilab in Batavia.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

  • For the Tevatron accelerator at Fermilab, the main ring is on the right, and the main injector accelerator on the left. The accelerators are 25 feet below grade.

    For the Tevatron accelerator at Fermilab, the main ring is on the right, and the main injector accelerator on the left. The accelerators are 25 feet below grade.
    Associated Press

  • T-shirts celebrating the Tevatron's last run were plentiful during the celebration Friday at Fermilab in Batavia.

      T-shirts celebrating the Tevatron's last run were plentiful during the celebration Friday at Fermilab in Batavia.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

  • Fermilab employee J.J. Schmidt of St. Charles takes pictures of the festivities as the Tevatron is shut down Friday afternoon.

      Fermilab employee J.J. Schmidt of St. Charles takes pictures of the festivities as the Tevatron is shut down Friday afternoon.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

 
 

It was the end of an era as the Tevatron accelerator was shut down Friday afternoon at Fermilab in Batavia. The once most powerful accelerator in the world had its title usurped by the Large Hadron Collider in Europe in 2009. And when the laboratory couldn't get enough U.S. money to keep running the Tevatron a few more years as well as build new experiments, lab officials decided to focus on the future.

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