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LEP - The Lord of the Collider Rings at CERN 1980-2000

The Making, Operation and Legacy of the World's Largest Scientific Instrument

Authors: Schopper, H.

  • Written by the main actor in charge of making LEP a reality, this is the definitive account of the great story of a machine and the many thousands of scientists and engineers involved

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About this book

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 instrument 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 continous 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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From the reviews:

"Herwig Schopper’s energy and vitality remain undimmed, even though he turned 85 this year … . His book surveys the two decades of the Large Electron-Positron (LEP) collider, extending far beyond his own reign as CERN director-general in the years 1981-88. … The Lord of the Collider Rings is a valuable addition to particle-physics literature but it is mainly written for insiders." (Gordon Fraser, CERN Courier, Vol. 49 (9), November, 2009)

“Being a CERN director-general is not simply a case of being an expert in particle physics and accelerator design, as Herwig Schopper describes in The Lord of the Collider Rings at CERN: 1980–2000 … . As lab boss for most of the 1980s, Schopper also needed to handle billion-dollar budgets, manage rival teams of ambitious researchers, and deal with politicians … . the book will be essential material for professional historians looking back on CERN’s golden years.” (Physics World, March, 2010)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Why LEP and Why at CERN?

    Schopper, Prof.Dr Herwig

    Pages 1-10

  • The Difficult Decision of LEP’s Size and Energy

    Schopper, Prof.Dr Herwig

    Pages 11-17

  • The Approval, or How To Persuade Governments

    Schopper, Prof.Dr Herwig

    Pages 19-30

  • The Tunnelling Adventure

    Schopper, Prof.Dr Herwig

    Pages 31-52

  • The Environment – People and Nature

    Schopper, Prof.Dr Herwig

    Pages 53-60

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eBook $44.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-540-89301-1
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  • Included format: PDF
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Hardcover $59.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-540-89300-4
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Softcover $59.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-662-50145-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
LEP - The Lord of the Collider Rings at CERN 1980-2000
Book Subtitle
The Making, Operation and Legacy of the World's Largest Scientific Instrument
Authors
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-89301-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-540-89301-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-89300-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-50145-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 211
Topics