LEP - The Lord of the Collider Rings at CERN 1980-2000: The Making, Operation and Legacy of the World's Largest Scientific Instrument

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Springer Science & Business Media, Aug 12, 2009 - Science - 211 pages

Housed by a 4 m diameter tunnel of 27 km circumference, with huge underground labs and numerous surface facilities, and set up with a precision of 0.1 mm per kilometer, the Large Electron-Positron Collider (LEP) was not only the largest but also one of the most sophisticated scientific research instruments ever created by Man. Located at CERN, near Geneva, LEP was built during the years 1983 - 1989, was operational until 2000, and corroborated the standard model of particle physics through continuous high precision measurements.

The Author, director-general of CERN during the crucial period of the construction of LEP, recounts vividly the convoluted decision-making and technical implementation processes - the tunnel alone being a highly challenging geo- and civil engineering project - and the subsequent extremely fruitful period of scientific research. Finally he describes the difficult decision to close down LEP, at a time when the discovery of the Higgs boson seemed within reach.

LEP was eventually dismantled in 2000, enabling the tunnel to be reused for building the next generation machine, the much more powerful Large Hadron Collider (LHC), an upgrade then called LEP3 and foreseen from the beginning. It became operational just as this account was being completed.

Written by the main protagonist responsible for making LEP a reality, this is the definitive inside story of a remarkable machine and the many thousands of scientists and engineers from around the world, whose efforts contributed to the new knowledge it produced.

 

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This summer the Large Hadron Collider made world headlines as CERN announced the discovery of the Higgs Boson. This book is the story of its immediate predecessor, the Large Electron Positron collider ... Read full review

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This summer the Large Hadron Collider made world headlines as CERN announced the discovery of the Higgs Boson. This book is the story of its immediate predecessor, the Large Electron Positron collider ... Read full review

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Contents

to 1 Why LEP and Why at CERN?
1
to 2 The Difficult Decision of LEPs Size and Energy
11
to 3 The Approval or How To Persuade Governments
19
to 4 The Tunnelling Adventure
31
to 5 The Environment People and Nature
53
to 6 LEP The Technical Challenge
61
to 7 The LEP Experiments Institutions in Themselves
90
to 8 What Have We Learned from LEP? Physics Results
113
to 11 How To Invite the Pope? VIP Visits
167
to 12 CERN Bringing Nations Together
179
to 13 The Complicated Transition from LEP to the LHC
185
to 14 The Dramatic Last Period of LEP
192
Acknowledgments
199
CERN Organigram 1984
201
Leading CERN Staff During the LEP Project
203
Glossary
205

to 9 Creating New Technologies
143
to 10 Unloved but Necessary Management and Finances
153

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