The Tevatron experience

Valeri Lebedev
Vladimir Shiltsev

Valeri Lebedev, assistant head of the Accelerator Division, and Vladimir Shiltsev, director of the Accelerator Physics Center, wrote this column.

In about a month we will pass the third anniversary since the shutdown of the Tevatron collider. For many of us, the Tevatron era will always be remembered for the enthusiasm of the troops, the importance of the collider program and the many ups and downs on the way to its ultimate success — and also because we were much younger then.

As for the scientific outcome of the Tevatron, it is well reflected in less emotional papers, books and reviews. A new book, titled “Accelerator Physics at the Tevatron Collider,” features articles written by a team of 20 accelerator physicists.

The book presents major advances in accelerator physics and technology implemented at the Tevatron proton-antiproton collider during its decades-long quest for better and better performance. The collider was arguably one of the most complex research instruments ever to reach the operation stage and is widely recognized for many technological breakthroughs and numerous physics discoveries. The articles in the book describe the contributions to the physics of colliding beams made to maximize the Tevatron luminosity, including novel beam optics methods, accelerator magnets and magnetic field effects on beam dynamics, advanced longitudinal beam manipulation methods widely used in the Main Injector and Recycler, high-intensity beam issues and instabilities, beam emittance growth and halo collimation, production and cooling of antiprotons, the beam-beam effects, and beam diagnostics.

We dedicated this book to Fermilab staff, who made possible the Tevatron — the particle accelerator that shaped the world’s high-energy physics landscape for more than quarter of century.

Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer, center, holds up the newly published “Accelerator Physics at the Tevatron Collider,” edited by Valeri Lebedev, left, and Vladimir Shiltsev, right.