It’s Out! April 26, 2006Posted by gordonwatts in physics, politics.
The National Academy of the Sciences released their EPP 2010 report this morning. The even had a webcast (which should be archived soon as a podcast) and also a almost 200 page report. In summary: full stream ahead on the LHC and the International Linear Collider (ILC).
The panel that put this report together was non-standard for this field because it included physicists from other sub-fields besides particle physics. Condensed matter, physics, for example. Traditionally there has been little overlap between these two in particular; some of the most vocal critics of the ill-fated Super Conducting Super Collider (SSC) were condensed matter physicists for example. I've read only the findings at the end of the report so far, but I hope that their influence makes for a much more interesting report than it might otherwise be.
The panel was charged with laying out a 15 year plan that was realistic in the current funding climate and in line with the big physics questions of the day. A summary (my reading) of their prioritized list:
- Fully participate in the LHC and extract as much physics as possible.
- Invest in R&D for the ILC.
- Do our best to make the USA a site of the ILC.
- The NSF and DOE should work together to fund astrophysics experiments (especially dark matter related ones) that have overlap with particle physics.
- The NSF, DOE, and the rest of the world should work together to streamline the neutrino efforts that are ongoing. In particular, Europe and the US shouldn't have as much duplication of effort.
- Where possible, fund the small table-top experiments that make precision measurements involving things like sin2Beta and other fundamental constants. These traditionally happen under the umbrella of Atomic Physics. Fun the larger experiments that make fundamental measurements on a catch-as-catch can basis.
I've only read the findings. I'm looking forward to reading the text and listening to the podcast to get a better understanding of what is meant by these various findings — to see if there are hidden meanings or comments on some of my favorite projects (LHC, ILC, LSST).
This is the fourth time I've written this post now. It took me a while to figure out that the version of the Google toolbar I had installed was not compatible with IE7 — only the new beta is.