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The simple fact is, that we won't really know which collider would be best for finding the Higgs until AFTER we've already found it. Each has different strengths and weaknesses.
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2011 on paywalls are stupid, part infinity at WWdN: In Exile
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Most Universities and Libraries have subscriptions to Science, but individual subscriptions are prohibitively expensive for most people. It's unfortunate, "we scientists" wish and wish that the public could become more science literate, but most people can't access original research, and don't get me started on science reporting... More excerpt: (the article isn't very long) High-Energy Physics 1. Adrian Cho "In August, Fermilab's scientific advisory panel recommended that lab officials keep running the Tevatron through 2014 even if they didn't get another dime to do so. That advice didn't sit so well with Oddone, who announced a month later that he could squeeze $15 million from the lab's $410 million annual budget but needed DOE to provide $35 million more. In October, a HEPAP subpanel approved Oddone's plan but said the Tevatron should be shuttered if DOE came up empty-handed. Many physicists believe that the hunt for the Higgs, the theoretical key to explaining how all particles obtain mass, is the most important challenge in the field. They argue that the Tevatron's lower-energy and cleaner collisions could help Fermilab beat CERN in the race to uncover the Higgs if its mass falls in the range indicated indirectly by measurements on other particles—between 121 and 144 times the mass of a proton. Because the Tevatron collides protons into antiprotons, it could also probe how a new particle interacts with, or “couples” to, certain other particles in order to prove whether it's really the Higgs. The LHC cannot probe those connections as easily because it collides protons with protons. “I think we presented a very good science case for continuing to run, but the fiscal realities just don't allow us to go forward,” says Rob Roser, a physicist at Fermilab and co-spokesperson for the 600 researchers working with the CDF particle detector, one of two fed by the Tevatron. But DOE gave scientists a fair hearing, he adds: “They have to make very difficult decisions based on the realities. I can't fault them for that.”"
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2011 on paywalls are stupid, part infinity at WWdN: In Exile
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