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The Tevatron Hirise as you have never seen it before August 23, 2007

Posted by dorigo in Art, physics.

In a talk recently given by prof. Robin Erbacher at Lepton-Photon 2007 I found today a picture which I am glad to steal. It shows the Tevatron Hirise (also known as “Wilson Hall” to commemorate Robert Rathbun Wilson), the building symbolizing the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, in a way I had never seen it before, which summarizes the monumental achievements in top quark physics produced by the lab:

My compliments to Robin (or whoever did this), I really appreciated the composition.



1. Tony Smith - August 23, 2007

Tommaso, maybe you should have titled this post
“The Tevatron Hirise as it never was”.

It is sort of clever to eliminate the left half of the building,
and to add 3 non-existent upper-story levels,
to make it look like a ” t ” for the Tquark,
the photoshopper should have also taken out the left half
of the reflection of the building,
the point is that the left half of the building lives only in an Alice-In-Wonderland world Through the Looking Glass
maybe the omission of the left half symbolizes the omission of 130-150 GEV Tquark event phenomena by Fermilab analysts
the addition of the upper stories symbolizes a cover-up of their failure to consider more subtle interpretations of Tquark data than a simple single Tquark state.

Tony Smith

PS – This post is intended half-joke and half-serious, and the half-serious part does not say anything that I have not already been saying publicly for a long time, so I hope that no readers take offense.

2. Anonymous - August 24, 2007

FNAL is sending v’s to Minnesota — looks like Minnesota is sending back construction techniques. 😉

3. dorigo - August 24, 2007

Hi Tony,

I do like the wrong reflection, I think it is an artistic touch.
As for the symbolism, I think works of art leave the freedom of being interpreted to those who appreciate them.

And as always, it is people who take offense that have to apologize here.


4. dorigo - August 24, 2007


good point 🙂 ! I’ll take the neutrinos if I have to choose.


5. Peter Dong - February 22, 2008

This graphic is by Jan Leuck, graduate student at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. He studies electroweak single top production, which is why the “t” is not reflected in the pool.

L. - October 5, 2009

Hi Peter,
Were you from Schurr High Speech and Debate?

6. dorigo - February 22, 2008

Hi Peter, thank you for the information.

7. symmetry breaking » Blog Archive » A monument befitting a particle - June 17, 2008

[…] photo of Wilson Hall appeared in various physics presentations and referenced in the blog “A Quantum Diaries Survivor“. At that time, Wilson Hall resembled a lower case […]

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