Canadians Refine The Art Of International Science

Even as Congress once again wrestles with levels of funding for the superconducting supercollider (SSC), plans for another large North American high-energy physics project are moving quietly but steadily ahead. While SSC supporters scramble to entice reluctant foreign partners to help foot an estimated $6 billion bill for what has always been promoted as a United States-led effort, the other project-a proposed $450 million Canadian accelerator-has been designed from the start with international

Christopher Anderson
Jun 25, 1989
Even as Congress once again wrestles with levels of funding for the superconducting supercollider (SSC), plans for another large North American high-energy physics project are moving quietly but steadily ahead. While SSC supporters scramble to entice reluctant foreign partners to help foot an estimated $6 billion bill for what has always been promoted as a United States-led effort, the other project-a proposed $450 million Canadian accelerator-has been designed from the start with international cooperation in mind.

So far, the Canadian approach seems to be working better. Last month the project, known as KAON after the K mesons and other subatomic particles it will produce, was endorsed by a nuclear science panel, which advises the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Science Foundation. The vote of confidence appears to doom the chances of a U.S. facility proposed by officials at Los Alamos National Laboratory. And in a bit of...

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