Colloquium on the history of the Tevatron – March 8

John Peoples

On March 8, former Fermilab Director John Peoples will offer a sweeping retrospective on the pioneering machine that for decades was a symbol of Fermilab’s groundbreaking research.

The Tevatron was much more than a symbol, of course. In his talk, titled “The Tevatron Collider: A 30-Year Campaign at the Forefront of Particle Physics,” Peoples will describe the evolution of the Tevatron from a 1-TeV fixed-target proton accelerator to a high-luminosity 2-TeV proton-antiproton collider, as well as the state of particle physics in the United States that made the case for the Tevatron Collider so compelling.

The colloquium takes place Wednesday, March 8, at 4 p.m. in One West.

The first proposal to use the Tevatron as a proton-antiproton collider was formulated in 1977, well before the Tevatron was finished. The first Tevatron collider run with a completed CDF detector occurred in 1987, and a second collider detector, the DZero detector, joined the Tevatron program a few years later. The experimental results vaulted the Tevatron program to the forefront of particle physics.

Peoples will describe the campaign of major changes to the Tevatron and the supporting accelerators at Fermilab that enabled the discovery of the top quark and kept the Tevatron at the forefront until 2011, when the LHC surpassed its performance and discovered the Higgs boson.

Pushpa Bhat is the chair of the Fermilab Colloquium Committee, which organizes the colloquium series.