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Physicists Dream of a Muon Shot

Science  09 Jan 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5348, pp. 169-170
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5348.169

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A group of physicists considering designs for future particle accelerators has embraced the muon, a pointlike, negatively charged particle 207 times more massive than the electron. Muons have never before been used as accelerator projectiles. But they and their positively charged antiparticles promise the clean collisions of electrons without their wasteful synchrotron radiation. As a result, they may lead to a cheaper successor to the Large Hadron Collider, a massive accelerator now being built at CERN.