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Buidling the future of physics

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  • derhexer@aol.com
    URL to an article from CosmicLog via MSNBC _http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2007/09/26/380932.aspx_
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 27, 2007
      URL to an article from CosmicLog via MSNBC

      Talks about the next generation of particle accelerators and what physicists
      are hoping to find.

      First few paragraphs
      "Particle physicists can't afford to get too sentimental about where they
      work. They need bigger and bigger machines to focus on smaller and smaller
      frontiers - and when they just can't make the machines bigger, they have to blaze
      a completely new trail to those frontiers.
      That's the situation facing researchers at the _Fermi National Accelerator
      Laboratory_ (http://www.fnal.gov/) , near Chicago: Some researchers are
      squeezing the last ounce of performance out of the _24-year-old_
      (http://www.fnal.gov/pub/ferminews/ferminews03-11-01/p4.html) Tevatron accelerator, _looking for
      a mysterious particle_
      (http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2007/09/24/375789.aspx) called the Higgs boson. Others are working on the next big
      machine, Europe's _Large Hadron Collider_
      (http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2007/06/21/232604.aspx) . And still others have begun building something called
      _"Project X,"_ (http://www.linearcollider.org/cms/?pid=1000442) the prototype
      for a radically different kind of _multibillion-dollar physics machine_
      (http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2007/01/16/32736.aspx) .
      That mega-machine, known as the _International Linear Collider_
      (http://www.linearcollider.org/cms/) , won't become a reality until well after 2012. But
      lots of experts are already working on the ILC's design - and how to pay for
      it - because it takes years to go from one generation of supercollider to the
      "You're completing your experiment, but you're also always looking to the
      future," said the University of Florida's Jacobo Konigsberg, co-spokesman for
      the CDF experiment at the aging Tevatron.
      The current plan _(PDF file)_
      (http://www.science.doe.gov/hep/P5TevatronFY09July18,2007.pdf) calls for the Tevatron to keep going until at least 2009,
      and Fermilab's managers have recommended extending its life even further, into
      the federal government's 2010 fiscal year. "To me, it looks like a pretty
      straightforward decision," the lab's director, Pier Oddone, told me last week
      after I toured the site.
      Oddone's rationale was that the teams using the Tevatron were "very close to
      making an important measurement" in the quest for the _Higgs boson_
      (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Higgs_boson) , the only particle predicted by the
      Standard Model that has not yet been detected. The Higgs boson has been called the
      _"God particle,"_ (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/07/science/07essa.html)
      because it is thought to be responsible for the masses of other particles. But
      a better nickname might be the "goad particle," since the quest itself has
      become a goad for increasingly complex experiments in particle physics."


      (entropy always wins)

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