Twenty years ago, the top quark was first observed in experiments at the Tevatron proton-antiproton collider at Fermilab. Even with the energies available in the Tevatron and with the most sophisticated detectors, the top was hard to find. After a top is made from a proton-antiproton collision, a rare event itself, it exists for such a short time that it cannot be directly observed. Rather, the products of top decay are identified and traced back to the top after extensive computer analysis.
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Welcome to the Department of Energy (DOE) Research and Development (R&D) Accomplishments, a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE R&D that

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Remarkable advances in science are widely recognized when they lead to the Nobel Prize or the Enrico Fermi Award. Research and development accomplishments are exemplified by over one hundred ten (110) Nobel Laureates associated with the Department of Energy and/or predecessor agencies and by sixty (60) Enrico Fermi Award winners. DOE R&D Accomplishments provides information about these Nobel Laureates, the Enrico Fermi Laureates, and their outstanding achievements.

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