BaBar drawing to a close January 14, 2008Posted by gordonwatts in physics life, politics.
The director of particle physics, Steve Kahn, at SLAC commenting on the budget cuts and the BaBar program:
As you all know, one of the consequences of the budget cut we face here at SLAC is the early conclusion of the B-factory run. Persis mentioned in her all-hands meeting that BaBar started operating in a different mode just before Christmas to make the most of the shortened run. The PEP-II accelerator team and BaBar physicists have put in a huge effort to adjust their program so rapidly to the changes imposed on us and it is testimony to their resourcefulness that this plan could be implemented so quickly.
Because they are turning off early a number of other science programs will go forward (the Tevatron, for example). What a pity!