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The world’s next big physics machine, the International Linear Collider, which would be the successor to CERN’s giant collider. Read more:

Yesterday there was 2012 Jun 03 – CERN director says LHC will find God Particle by end of the year and today I read an article that mentions something about this machine and similar machines.

Here some excerpts from the article I read today:

 

The World Wide Web, for example, was invented at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (home to the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider), to help particle physicists communicate.
By contrast, the United States’ flagship lab for high-energy physics, the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, known as Fermilab, had to close down its accelerator, the Tevatron, last fall, and learned from the Energy Department in March that the agency could not afford to follow through for now on a $1.3 billion underground experiment to study the spooky shape-shifting properties of particles known as neutrinos in an effort to investigate why the universe is made of matter and not antimatter.
At the same time, the department also canceled money for studies for the world’s next big physics machine, the International Linear Collider, which would be the successor to CERN’s giant collider. American scientists are resigned to the likelihood that it will not be built in the United States.
American physicists are now rethinking how to carry out the neutrino experiment, which was to have been the centerpiece of a plan to convert the old 8,000-foot-deep Homestake gold mine in Lead, S.D., into a national laboratory for underground science.
Similar facilities in Italy, Canada and Japan have become centers in the search for dark matter, neutrino experiments and other delicate work that requires shelter from cosmic rays.

Only last month, Congress added money to the neutrino experiment, although not enough to get the whole project back on track.

The United States gave up its leadership in high-energy particle physics 20 years ago, when Congress canceled the Superconducting Super Collider, a particle accelerator that was under construction in Texas. That move cleared the way for CERN’s eventual supremacy.

 

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