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Tunnel VisionsThe Rise and Fall of the Superconducting Super Collider$
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Michael Riordan, Lillian Hoddeson, and Adrienne W. Kolb

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226294797

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226305837.001.0001

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The Higgs Boson Discovery

The Higgs Boson Discovery

Chapter:
(p.275) Epilogue The Higgs Boson Discovery
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Tunnel Visions
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Michael Riordan

Lillian Hoddeson

Adrienne W. Kolb

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226305837.003.0008

After the United States and other nations joined the LHC project during the mid-1990s, CERN proceeded with construction of this multi-TeV proton-collider. Although a September 2008 disaster delayed commissioning for over a year, experiments began in early 2010 at low energy and collision rates. As these increased in late 2011 and early 2012, the ATLAS and CMS experiments began to find evidence for a new particle at a mass-energy of about 125 GeV. Experiments on the Fermilab Tevatron also began to reveal evidence for a similar particle. On July 4, 2012, the two CERN experiments jointly announced discovery of a Higgs-like particle with this mass. Subsequent measurements showed that it behaved as expected for a spin-0 boson. Reasons are presented for the CERN success on the LHC and compared with the fatal US difficulties in building the SSC Laboratory.

Keywords:   Large Hadron Collider, international collaboration, CERN, project management, Lyndon Evans, ATLAS experiment, CMS experiment, Tevatron, Higgs boson discovery, spin-0 particle

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