Dan Bollinger

The accelerating column from the Cockcroft-Walton generator was removed several years ago to make way for the RFQ system, now used as one of the first stages of acceleration. The column has been sitting in the Linac Gallery since. It finally became time to move the column out of the way. Unfortunately we were not able to find a new home for it on site. accelerator Photo: Dan Bollinger

he accelerating column from the Cockcroft-Walton generator was removed several years ago to make way for the RFQ system, now used as one of the first stages of acceleration. The column has been sitting in the Linac Gallery since. It finally became time to move the column out of the way, which we did on Feb. 14. Unfortunately we were not able to find a new home for it on site.

It’s rare to get a view of Wilson Hall from the vantage of the pond in front of it. The pond was frozen over on a recent morning, so Dan Bollinger was able to ride his bike on it and snap this photo.

The ornaments represent the majority of the constituents of the plasma in the ion source, which sits at the beginning of Fermilab’s chain of accelerators.