The superconducting super collider
the physics and the facilities
The Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) is intended to become the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator and will be used to explore the basic nature of matter and energy. This detailed article summarizes some of the 'high energy physics' involved, describes the proposed SSC research facility, and explains some of the experimental apparatus that will be needed. When complete, the SSC will consist of two rings of superconducting magnets 54 miles around and utilize two half-billion-dollar detectors weighing 30,000 tons or more. Five particle accelerators will need to work in close harmony to bring about the collisions of two proton beams of twenty trillion electron volts each. The systems engineering and integration challenges on this project-scheduled for completion in eight years-are immense.