Particle hunt off, collider comes down.
Although LEP was slated for dismantling to make way for a more powerful collider, CERN had extended its life in September after scientists caught what appeared to be glimpses of the long-sought Higgs (SN: 9/23/00, p. 196). Because it presumably bestows mass on other particles, the Higgs is central to physics theory.
Even with more evidence for the particle (SN: 11/4/00, p. 294), proponents of keeping LEP alive couldn't win over CERN Director General Luciano Maiani. He found the new data insufficient to justify construction delays for the Large Hadron Collider, LEP's successor at CERN, and $65 million in extra costs to keep LEP going, says Calder.
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|Title Annotation:||Large Electron Positron dismatled, despite a possible glimpse of th Higgs|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Dec 9, 2000|
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