Detecting Interest In The SSC
Scientists at Oak Ridge (Tenn.) National Laboratory are determined to play a role in the $7 billion Superconducting Supercollider project through a joint collaboration with MIT scientists on the supercollider's huge detectors. The 54-mile-long, proton-proton accelerator being built in Texas is scheduled to contain four $400 million detectors, each weighing 40,000 tons and standing 50 feet high, 50 feet wide, and 150 feet long. Hundreds of high-energy physicists from dozens of institutions around the world will be involved in shaping the detectors to match the various experiments planned for the SSC, and Oak Ridge wants to be in the forefront of such efforts. Officials say that the lab has the space available and the technical know-how from both its long history of nuclear physics and its current work in heavy ion research. It also has as its director Alvin Trivelpiece, who was the leading advocate...

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