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Fermilab's luminosity celebration

Upgrades – we often think about them in the everyday stuff of the world. You can upgrade your car, your computer, your software, even the windows in your home.

What if you designed (or bought) an item and you were told, “We can upgrade that so it delivers 300 times its performance!” That would be like upgrading a Scion to a Lamborghini! Would you believe it?

After many years, many brilliant breakthroughs, and a lot of plain old hard work, the Fermilab Tevatron is in such a position, where it is now delivering as many collisions to the experimenters in a record-breaking week’s time as it did during its first experimental run, which lasted for years.

Expectations were high for the data delivery during Run II; with 100 times the data expected. The Fermilab Accelerator Division has delivered.

With the Tevatron running so well, the experimenters at CDF and DZero wanted to celebrate the successes with the Accelerator Division. A simple celebration of pizza, drinks, and fellowship was held at Kuhn Barn in early April, 2008.

The Tevatron’s performance has helped keep the collaborations intact, with great potential for discovery in the tremendous amount of data. There has been a groundswell of support for extending Run II to capitalize on the remarkable luminosity.

This video offers a brief look inside the luminosity celebration.

By Jim Shultz, Fermilab