Thank you, Fermilab

Fermilab director Pier Oddone applauds as the Tevatron slows to zero. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Friday was a bittersweet day. We said farewell to the machine that was the lifeblood of our laboratory for decades, celebrated its remarkable achievements and continued looking ahead to the coming results from the final data analysis. We saw how far the Tevatron’s legacy has reached, evidenced by the hundreds of articles noting its final shutdown published in news outlets around the world. Seeing former colleagues and reading comments left on our guestbook reminded us of what may be the Tevatron’s greatest legacy – the thousands of people who were trained on or simply inspired by the Tevatron and its experiments who have gone on to do great things.

Many thanks to all of the current and former Fermilab staff members, users, DOE program managers and members of the extended Fermilab family who traveled to the laboratory on Friday to celebrate the last beams in the Tevatron and the last collisions in CDF and DZero. Thanks to the more than 3,500 scientists, former staff members and science aficionados who joined the celebration remotely. You came together to give a remarkable set of machines a fitting send-off.

And thanks to every current and former member of the Fermilab staff, and every scientist who spent time on the Tevatron or one of its experiments, for making the historic Tevatron era possible.