Comments on the Chinese Proposal of CEPC/SPPC Colliders


-- Edmond L. Berger

About the author: Edmond L. Berger obtained his Bachelor of Science degree at MIT and Ph.D degree at Princeton University. He is a Senior Physicist (since 1976) and Distinguished Fellow (since 1995) at Argonne National Laboratory, USA. He is an elected Fellow of American Physical Society since 1975. He is a distinguished theorist in collider physics of the international high energy physics community and has visited China several times.

In my view, the reasons for the colliders in China are simple and compelling. First, higher energy is mandatory for getting to shorter distances. Shorter distances will reveal whether there is an even smaller substructure than quarks. Second, high energy physics is a proven driver of new technology. It will bring a very high return on investment to industry in China. Third, the international cooperation, collaboration and partnership required for success of the colliders will demonstrate China's leadership far beyond science and be a force for international peace and stability, earning not only a Nobel Prize in science for China but also a Nobel Prize for Peace.

【The Chinese translation (by Ying-Zhang Chen & Hong-Jian He) had been published in Math. Sci. History & Culture magazine (Wechat version). (中文版由清华大学陈颖章与何红建翻译,已刊登于《数理人文》杂志(微信版))】

美国阿贡国家实验室杰出研究员埃德蒙·伯杰:关于中国CEPC/SPPC对撞机计划的评论


作者简介:埃德蒙·伯杰(Edmond L. Berger)本科就读于 MIT,博士毕业于 Princeton 大学。他从1995年至今担任美国阿贡国家实验室(Argonne National Laboratory)杰出研究员。他是美国物理学会会士。他是当今国际高能物理界对撞机领域一位杰出的理论物理学家,并多次访问中国。

在我看来,中国建造对撞机的理由既简单又令人信服。第一,为了探索更小距离范围的新物理,必须达到更高的能量尺度。探索更小的距离尺度将会揭示是否存在比夸克更小的结构。第二,实践证明,高能物理是高新技术的驱动器。它将会给中国工业界带来丰厚的投资回报。第三,取得对撞机项目的成功必需建立国际合作与伙伴关系,它将展示中国的领导力,远远超出科学本身,这是维护国际和平与稳定的一股力量,将使中国不仅获得诺贝尔科学奖,还将获得诺贝尔和平奖。




(更新日期:2016-10-08)