The Super Collider Affair, 1982–1989

in Fermilab

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780226346236
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226346250 | DOI:
The Super Collider Affair, 1982–1989

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This chapter discusses Fermilab's Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) project. It suggests that the idea for the SSC started during the Cold War period from 1955 to 1975. When relations between Western and Communist powers began to thaw, several efforts kindled an internationalist spirit among physicists. In this context Robert R. Wilson, Leon M. Lederman, and other internationalist physicists conceived an optimistic vision of a worldwide particle accelerator. This chapter describes the birth of the Very Big Accelerator (VBA) from 1975 to 1980 and the completion of the Snowmass Desertron in 1982.

Keywords: Fermilab; SSC; physicists; Robert R. Wilson; Leon M. Lederman; particle accelerator; Very Big Accelerator; Snowmass Desertron

Chapter.  8160 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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