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Volume 27  |  June 2004  |  Number 6
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A Hit and Miss
A hit and a miss: in 1987, FERMINEWS reported support in Washington for the SSC; in 1993, the news was John Peoples' appointment to terminate the SSC.

Fermilab's Greatest Hits (1978-2004)

by Mike Perricone

Fermilab has a history of making history, and FERMINEWS has been there to tell the story since 1978. Whether in discovery—the top quark announcement in 1995—or disappointment—losing out on the Superconducting Super Collider in 1988—FERMINEWS has brought its readers a record of events with steadily growing renown for its standards of writing and reporting.

But there would be no news without the science, and no history without the work of the thousands of researchers who have made the lab the world's focus in particle physics for the 26 years of FERMINEWS's run. Here are many of the lab's greatest hits chronicled in these pages since 1978:

  • Leon Lederman appointed director—October 19, 1978
  • Commissioning of Doubler (Tevatron)—July 5, 1983
  • Groundbreaking for Antiproton Source—August 16, 1983
  • Doubler (Tevatron) hits 800 GeV—February 16, 1984
  • First 1.6 TeV Proton-Antiproton Collisions at CDF—October 13, 1985
  • Leon Lederman wins Nobel Prize—October 19, 1988
  • John Peoples appointed director—April 19, 1989
  • Norman F. Ramsey wins Nobel Prize—October 12, 1989
  • First website established—June, 1992 (ties for 2nd in U.S. with MIT, behind No. 1 SLAC)
  • John Peoples named to direct SSC shutdown—November 12, 1993
  • Discovery of Top Quark announced—March 2, 1995
  • Signing of $531 million LHC agreement—December 8, 1997
  • First light of SDSS—May 9, 1998
  • Michael Witherell appointed director—March 5, 1999
  • KTeV announces new result for E'/E—March 19, 1999
  • Commissioning of Main Injector—April 28, 1999
  • Discovery of tau neutrino—July 20, 2000
  • Death of Robert Rathbun Wilson—January 16, 2001
  • Collider Run II begins—March 1, 2001
  • First cosmic ray events at Pierre Auger Observatory—June 8, 2001
  • KTeV announces new result for sin2Øw—October 26, 2001
  • First MiniBooNE events—September 12, 2002
  • First MINOS data—August 14, 2003
  • CDMS sets most sensitive dark matter limits—May 3, 2004
  • First Fermilab magnet shipped to LHC—May 11, 2004

What's next? The stories of the next few years:

Neutrinos

  • MiniBooNE: fourth neutrino, yes or no
  • MINOS: precision neutrino mass measurements
  • First evidence of CP violation in neutrino sector

    B physics

  • First observation of Bs mixing at Tevatron
  • BTeV measurement of

    Top

  • Precision measurements at Tevatron
  • Single top production at Tevatron

    Dark matter

  • CDMS discovery or further best limits on WIMPS

    Higgs search

  • New Tevatron limits, both from direct searches and indirect (precision top and MW measurements)

    SUSY

  • Extending the search reach for supersymmetry particles

    LHC

  • First LHC data analyzed at Fermilab

    Linear Collider

  • LC technology selection
  • Decision on building

    Astrophysics

  • Pierre Auger: decision on excess of ultra high energy cosmic rays
  • Completion of Sloan Digital Sky Survey


    Discovery of the Top Quark: The Building of the Dream

    Tevatron construction, 1982

    Aerial of the site, 1978

    Antiproton Source construction, 1983


    Delivering the CDF endcap, 1984

    Dedication of the Tevatron, 1985

    First P-Pbar event at CDF, 1985


    DZero construction work, 1987

    Top Quark event, 1994

      ...made headlines around the world, 1995

    Official announcement of the discovery...


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