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Watch This Space… May 29, 2008

Posted by gordonwatts in physics.

Here. Future of the US Particle Physics program (at least Fermilab) should be up there soon. Very soon. It is the P5 report. Will the Tevatron run to 2010? What about the next project after the Tevatron? And how many of us keep clicking on that page waiting for the update? Will they not share it and we will be left to hear reports of people that were actually there?

– Gordon (on the outside trying to look in) Watts. 🙂



1. Andy - May 29, 2008

It’s posted now. Main highlights that caught my eye:
– Only support 2010 Tevatron under budget C (double HEP by 2018), which is probably unrealistic… we’ll be lucky to get budget B (2007 funding + inflation).
– Continue ILC R+D at a minimal level and wait for the LHC to tell us what energy to build the ILC at ( 500 GeV). I think it will take until at least 2015 for us to have a solid answer to that question – so that pushes ILC construction into the 2020’s (hey, that’s ok, I’ll still be in my 40’s!). Only ILC construction in budget C. Only ILC in US in budget D (budget C + extra money for ILC).
– DUSEL is good
– Particle astro: nifty science but not a priority (ouch)

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3. Mike Procario - May 30, 2008

It is not the actual report, but the powerpoint from Charlie Baltay’s talk. I was there, and it sounded like the report will get a few small changes to clarify some points raised by HEPAP. The actual report may take a few days to come out.

4. Anonymous - May 30, 2008

I just don’t understand why DUSEL is such a priority when SNOLab exists and is mostly empty, whereas the actual underground experiments that do the physics (CDMS, EXO, LUX, Majorana etc etc.) are not.

Shouldn’t the focus be on the physics rather than the real estate?

Any experts are welcome to help me.

5. gordonwatts - June 27, 2008

I missed this last comment — sorry. The problem, as I understand it, is two fold. First, SNOLab doesn’t have enough space for everything. Second, it isn’t at the right depth (enough shielding) to keep backgrounds low. In that sense the real-estate _is_ the physics.

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