Atom Smasher Loses Funding

One of the largest research tools (that you have probably never heard of) will be shutdown today due to a lack of federal funding. The Tevatron is one of the highest energy particle accelerators in the world. Only the Large Hadron Collider surpasses it. The Tevatron is responsible for many discoveries in the field of quantum physics, but most notable the discovery of the top quark. The loss of funding stems from budget cuts, which has affected many organizations in science and technology. Fermilab, the company that operates it, plans to continue it’s use on high intensity particles, just not high energy particles. 100 jobs are expected to be cut during these maneuvers.