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FERMILAB COMMITTEE FOR SITE STUDIES
The community of elementary particle physicists in the United States is now considering the
program for the field for the next twenty years. Every U.S. planning panel convened over the last
five years has reaffirmed that the U.S. should continue pursuit of the most compelling problems
in elementary particle physics, in collaboration with the international physics community, at
accelerators in the U.S. as well as abroad.
Consideration of future large accelerator facilities in the U.S. inevitably focuses on sites in the
vicinity of Fermilab, because Fermilab is large enough and strong enough to provide the base of
talented manpower and infrastructure needed for construction and operation of a large facility.
The geology of the surrounding area appears to be at least as favorable for a large accelerator
project as at any of the existing major laboratories worldwide. And finally, although many new
accelerators being considered would have to extend beyond the present site, there are no
geographical barriers precluding such an extension.
Because of the importance of these issues to planning the future for U.S. High-Energy Physics, I
formed a Fermilab Committee for Site Studies for the purpose of exploring issues and
opportunities associated with the construction of future facilities on or in close proximity to the
Fermilab site. This report presents the work of this committee, and represents a significant initial
step in a realistic planning process for future facilities at Fermilab.
Michael S. Witherell
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
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