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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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Origins of the Super Collider

Origins of the Super Collider

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(p.1) Chapter One Origins of the Super Collider
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Tunnel Visions
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Michael Riordan

Lillian Hoddeson

Adrienne W. Kolb

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226305837.003.0001

The idea for the Superconducting Super Collider emerged from high-energy physicists’ ambitions to build a next-generation particle accelerator to enable research on elementary particles at the trillion-electron-volt energy scale. After years of discussions about building such a machine internationally, with participating countries sharing the costs, US physicists put forth a new initiative based on advances in superconducting magnet technology achieved in building the Fermilab Tevatron. Responding to encouragement from Reagan science advisor George Keyworth and eager to regain US leadership in their field, they proposed building an enormous proton collider as a national project, open to participation by foreign scientists. In July 1983 a panel of high-energy physicists recommended that the Department of Energy cancel Brookhaven’s faltering Isabelle/CBA project and instead construct the SSC. Foreign reactions to this decision were largely negative; European physicists opted instead to continue pursuing their own multi-TeV collider, the Large Hadron Collider.

Keywords:   superconducting super collider, high-energy physics, Higgs boson, very big accelerator, Leon Lederman, HEPAP, superconducting magnet, Isabelle, Tevatron, Snowmass, Reagan Administration

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