EPP2010 Report Released

The National Academies has released their report in the future of elementary particle physics. I listened to a live streaming broadcast of the press conference. The panel made three prioritized recommendations.

  1. Support U.S. physicists on the Large Hadron Collider.
  2. Do the R&D needed to make a the US competitive in the science and technology needed for the the International Linear Collider.
  3. Expand the program of particle astrophysics and pursue an internationally coordinated, staged neutrino program

The panel consisted of about half elementary particle physicists and half are distinguished scientists from outside physics and accomplished experts from outside of science entirely. The panel argued that the U.S. should pursue global leadership in particle physics; that leadership cannot be achieved without risk, but that their recommendations give the highest risk-adjusted return.

"For more than half a century, the United States has been a leader in particle physics, but its flagship facilities are now being surpassed by new ones in other countries," said committee chair Harold T. Shapiro, president emeritus and professor of economics and public affairs, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J. "Today the U.S. program is at a crossroads. At just the moment when the scientific opportunities are the most exciting, we have no compelling strategic vision for the next stage of our efforts. Our leadership in particle physics either can be sacrificed, or it can be maintained by making a strong commitment to some key new experimental facilities here and thoughtful participation in current and future global efforts."

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