Number 16 (Story #4), January 10, 1991 by Phillip F. Schewe and Ben Stein|
THE LARGE HADRON COLLIDER (LHC) has received the endorsement of the European Committee for Future Accelerators as the best next step in particle physics for Europe. LHC, which would be built in the tunnel of the existing LEP electron-positron collider at CERN, is designed to provide proton-proton collisions at 8 TeV per beam. (Cern Courier, December 1990.) The CERN Council, which governs CERN's activities, will study the LHC proposal further. CERN Director General Carlo Rubbia has said that the LHC can be built sooner (by as early as 1998) and for far less money than the SSC and that its more intense beam will make up for the fact that its maximum energy is lower than SSC's 20 TeV per beam.