WASHINGTON--A panel of high-energy physicists has recommended slashing experimental programs at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Fermilab, and Brookhaven National Laboratory in response to expected budget cuts of up to 15 percent to be proposed by the Department of Energy (DOE).

The cuts, if contained in the fiscal year 1993 budget that President Bush will submit in January to Congress, could mean layoffs of hundreds of scientists, the early termination of several research efforts, and the delay or cancellation of several facilities being planned.

The comments of one member of the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (HEPAP), meeting last month to suggest ways in which DOE could trim its $628 million annual budget for the field, reflected the feelings of the physicists about their uncomfortable task.

"Whatever we do," declared Jonathan Dorfan, a researcher at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) at one point during the two-day meeting, "our preamble...

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