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TitleCharting the Course for Elementary Particle Physics
Author(s)Richter, B.
Publication DateFebruary 16, 2007
Report NumberSLAC-PUB-12345
Unique IdentifierACC0375
Other NumbersOSTI ID: 899843
Research OrgStanford Linear Accelerator Center [SLAC]
Contract NoAC02-76SF00515
Sponsoring OrgU. S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Other InformationInvited talk at American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting (AAAS 2007), San Francisco, California, 15-19 February 2007
Subject43 Particle Accelerators; Accelerator Facilities; Elementary Particles; Physics; Universe
KeywordsExperiment-HEP, ACCPHY, ASTRO, PHYS
Related Web PagesBurton Richter, Storage Rings, and the J/psi Particle
Abstract"It was the best of times; it was the worst of times" is the way Dickens begins the Tale of Two Cities. The line is appropriate to our time in particle physics. It is the best of times because we are in the midst of a revolution in understanding, the third to occur during my career. It is the worst of times because accelerator facilities are shutting down before new ones are opening, restricting the opportunity for experiments, and because of great uncertainty about future funding. My task today is to give you a view of the most important opportunities for our field under a scenario that is constrained by a tight budget. It is a time when we cannot afford the merely good, but must give first priority to the really important. The defining theme of particle physics is to learn what the universe is made of and how it all works. This definition spans the full range of size from the largest things to the smallest things. This particle physics revolution has its origins in experiments that look at both.
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