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China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC 219 219

ananyo (2519492) writes Scientists at the Institute of High Energy Physics (IHEP) in Beijing, working with international collaborators, are planning to build a "Higgs factory" by 2028 — a 52-kilometer underground ring that would smash together electrons and positrons. Collisions of these fundamental particles would allow the Higgs boson to be studied with greater precision than at the much smaller (27 km) Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Europe's particle-physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland. Physicists say that the proposed US$3-billion machine is within technological grasp and is considered conservative in scope and cost. But China hopes that it would also be a stepping stone to a next-generation collider — a super proton-proton collider — in the same tunnel. The machine would be a big leap for China. The country's biggest current collider is just 240 meters in circumference.
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China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC

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  • Re:Cost Seems Low (Score:4, Informative)

    by necro81 (917438) on Wednesday July 23, 2014 @09:24AM (#47514831) Journal
    The cost of the LHC has been estimated at $9 billion [wikipedia.org]. I know there are different labor costs between Europe and China, but there are lots of costs that can't easily be brought down. The tunnel's gonna need a whole lot of concrete, steel, etc. - global commodities whose cost doesn't vary that much by geography. The LHC is packed to the gills with custom components: everything from the the superconducting magnets to the RF generators to the detectors to the massive computing systems to sift through all the subatomic debris. Even assuming China has the technical expertise to create that custom componentry (a question I can't answer - I simply don't know)...

    does it pass even casual scrutiny to think that China can make a collider of twice the size at one-third the cost?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 23, 2014 @12:50PM (#47516407)
    Or they will learn from previous experiments like they've done in other cases. Some of their neutrino experiments and their tokamak EAST were up and running in very short times for very low costs compared to western experiments because they paid attention to issues previous experiments faced.

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