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Politics Meets Technology in Next Collider

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Science  27 Sep 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5283, pp. 1802-1803
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5283.1802


While the morale of high-energy physicists, particularly in the United States, was severely dented by the cancellation of the U.S. Superconducting Super Collider project in 1993, they did not dwell on that setback for long. Soon researchers were cooking up plans for an entirely new and truly international venture: the world's longest linear accelerator, or linac, which could stretch as far as 30 kilometers. And late last month, at the 18th International Linac Conference in Geneva, the Next Linear Collider took another step from pipe dream to reality, as five different physics groups unfurled blueprints for the machine.