CERN Link Breathes Life Into Russian Physics

Science  13 Oct 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5490, pp. 250-252
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5490.250

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GENEVA-- Without fanfare, 600 Russian scientists here at CERN, the European particle physics laboratory, are playing key roles in building the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a machine that will explore fundamental questions such as why particles have mass, as well as search for exotic new particles whose existence would confirm supersymmetry, a popular theory that aims to unify the four forces of nature. In fact, even though Russia is not one of CERN's 20 member states, most top high-energy physicists in Russia are working on the LHC. Some say their work could prove the salvation of high-energy physics back home.