Limiting technologies for particle beams and high energy physics

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Since 1930 the energy of accelerators had grown by an order of magnitude roughly every 7 years. Like all exponential growths, be they human population, the size of computers, or anything else, this eventually will have to come to an end. When will this happen to the growth of the energy of particle accelerators and colliders. Fortunately, as the energy of accelerators has grown the cost per unit energy has decreased almost as fast as has the increase in energy. The result is that while the energy has increased so dramatically the cost per new installation has increased only by ... continued below

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Panofsky, W.K.H. July 1, 1985.

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Since 1930 the energy of accelerators had grown by an order of magnitude roughly every 7 years. Like all exponential growths, be they human population, the size of computers, or anything else, this eventually will have to come to an end. When will this happen to the growth of the energy of particle accelerators and colliders. Fortunately, as the energy of accelerators has grown the cost per unit energy has decreased almost as fast as has the increase in energy. The result is that while the energy has increased so dramatically the cost per new installation has increased only by roughly an order of magnitude since the 1930's (corrected for inflation), while the number of accelerators operating at the frontier of the field has shrunk. As is shown in the by now familiar Livingston chart this dramatic decrease in cost has been achieved largely by a succession of new technologies, in addition to the more moderate gains in efficiency due to improved design, economies of scale, etc. We are therefore facing two questions: (1) Is there good reason scientifically to maintain the exponential growth, and (2) Are there new technologies in sight which promise continued decreases in unit costs. The answer to the first question is definitely yes; the answer to the second question is maybe.

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  • SLAC summer school on the physics of high energy particle accelerators, Stanford, CA, USA, 15 Jul 1985

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  • Report No.: SLAC-PUB-3735
  • Report No.: CONF-850771-2
  • Grant Number: AC03-76SF00515
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5271040
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1074762

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Panofsky, W.K.H. Limiting technologies for particle beams and high energy physics, article, July 1, 1985; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1074762/: accessed April 26, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.