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The Several Hundred GeV Accelerator, 1959–1963

in Fermilab

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780226346236
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226346250 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226346250.003.0003
The Several Hundred GeV Accelerator, 1959–1963

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This chapter discusses the history of Fermilab from 1959 to 1963. It suggests that Fermilab was inspired by the development of the alternating-gradient principle and by the fact discussions about building larger particle accelerators were also taking place in international meetings during this period. Robert R. Wilson of Cornell University took the initiative to organize an informal meeting at the 1960 Rochester Conference to discuss the new “ultra-high-energy” accelerators. This chapter discusses the proposals from the Midwestern Universities Research Association (MURA), the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Brookhaven National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley.

Keywords: Fermilab; alternating-gradient principle; particle accelerators; Robert R. Wilson; MURA; Caltech; Brookhaven National Laboratory; University of California; Berkeley

Chapter.  7622 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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