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A high-energy particle accelerator.
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a powerful particle accelerator
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(ˌsu pər kəˈlaɪ dər)
an extremely powerful collider used to accelerate particles to high energies.
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One of the mandarins of Big Science, he had led a team that designed a $1 billion detector for the giant Superconducting Supercollider, which would have been the world's biggest particle machine had it not been canceled by Congress in 1993, before being asked to take over LIGO.
The US abandoned work on a game-changing supercollider in the early '90s, partly due to funding.
There's Y12, too--there is a graphite reactor there and also now a supercollider, one of the largest particle accelerators in the world.
I was good at physics: as a student I worked at the CERN supercollider. I still miss it.
Galileo didn't have a telescope powerful enough to observe the astronomical movements he predicted, and Einstein didn't have a supercollider; yet their theories about the nature of the universe were still amenable to empirical corroboration once those devices were invented.
The next two issues discusses issues of public distrust in the emergence of supercollider technology and the management of a large national laboratory.
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