Beyond the Horizon: The Energy Doubler, 1967–1978

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Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780226346236
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226346250 | DOI:
Beyond the Horizon: The Energy Doubler, 1967–1978

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This chapter discusses the history of the conceptualization and construction of the Energy Doubler at the National Accelerator Laboratory. Robert R. Wilson conceived a plan using the phenomenon of superconductivity to double the particle accelerator's energy to a trillion electron volts while at the same time saving power. The plan involved adding a second ring to the existing machine with roughly a thousand superconducting magnets. This chapter discusses the funding crisis of the Energy Doubler and Wilson's continuous involvement in the project after his retirement in 1978.

Keywords: Energy Doubler; National Accelerator Laboratory; Robert R. Wilson; superconductivity; particle accelerator; superconducting magnets

Chapter.  10778 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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