Funding Cuts Shutting Down Fermilab Accelerator

BATAVIA, Ill. (WBBM/CBS) — Federal funding cuts are turning off power to a landmark particle accelerator at Fermilab in the western suburbs.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s John Cody reports, Fermilab director Pierre Oddone says the U.S. Department of Energy vetoed spending $100 million for three more years of research on the Tevatron.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s John Cody reports

Thus, the accelerator will be shut down this September.

Dr. Oddone terms the Tevatron a historic machine.

“All the different regions of the world – Asia, Europe, us – were hunting for the top quark, and it was surprisingly happy, and the Tevatron was finally the place where it was discovered,” Oddone said.

Quarks are elementary particles which compose hadrons, such as the protons and neutrons in the nucleus of an atom. They exhibit electrical charge, color charge, mass and spin.

Quarks are subdivided into six categories – up, down, charm, strange, top and bottom. The Tevatron uncovered evidence of “single” top quarks that were not joined with their antiparticles, bottom quarks.

Dr. Oddone says work has already started on background studies which will give Fermilab a chance at competing for the next generation particle accelerator to replace the Large Hadron Collider, which currently the focus of global high energy research in Geneva, Switzerland.

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  • FR

    The state could fund it AND decrease its debt if Illinois would sue and fine companies that cheat Illinois consumers. KFC had the false advertising coupon for a free meal that almost no one could actually get. Honda according to an Aug-17-2010 Chicago Tribune article, is reducing the hybrid function when customers complain that their battery is weak under warranty. People bought the car based on gas mileage and battery guaranty. KFC’s parent, Yum, made 1 billion/yr profit, Honda made 3 billion/yr profit. Illinois could solve our budget NOT by increasing taxes on companies that provide jobs, but by suing companies that cheat Illinois consumers. This would be like a red light camera aimed at out of state companies that cheat Illinois consumers.

  • Nighthawk

    @ FR – I agree 100%. These are the kind of things the state should be doing rather than taking the easy and cowardly route of raising income taxes.

    The President and Congress just gave us a 2% reduction in payroll tax, and now these state reps want to increase our taxes by that same 2%.

    The government giveth with one hand and taketh with the other. Sad.

  • BongoBern

    It’s always so sad to see a short-sighted government, at the local or federal level, shut down important research. Tevatron has had a wonderful run. I hope all the people associated with it have jobs somewhere else.

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