A great day at Fermilab

Fermilab Director
Pier Oddone

Yesterday’s Tevatron Impact symposium was a very special event. It was extraordinary to hear in one afternoon reviews of the impact of the Tevatron on our understanding of fundamental physics; on the development of accelerator technology that has influenced every subsequent major hadron accelerator; on the detector technologies and trigger systems that are essential today for high-luminosity machines like the LHC; on the multivariate analysis techniques that now allow us to squeeze the maximum information from complex data sets; on societal and economic impact through the roughly 1,500 Ph.Ds who trained at the Tevatron; on the superconducting-wire industry that made MRI magnets ubiquitous; and on the major computational systems using large farms of Linux-based commodity processors.

A day like yesterday does not happen without the hard work of many people and the participation of many more. Kudos and thanks are due to the symposium chairs Jaco Konigsberg and Stefan Soldner-Rembold, to the organizing committee, to the many employees at Fermilab who helped with all the arrangements, to the lecturers with their meticulously researched and inspiring talks, to NPR reporter and Tevatron alumnus David Kestenbaum, who served as the master of ceremonies, and to the many friends and colleagues from around the world who filled the auditorium. Special thanks also go to the many national and international funding agencies, whose representatives were present and have supported the Tevatron throughout its extraordinary trajectory.

Editor’s note: Video of the symposium presentations will be available next week and linked from the symposium webpage.