"Particle physicists are pondering the successor for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the 27 km (circumference) tunnel on the Franco-Swiss border which has produced experimental data to confirm the existence of the Higgs boson. CERN recently announced it was studying several proposals for a next generation hadron collider; perhaps the most intriguing was TLEP, an enormous (80-100 km) circular collider to be built adjacent to the LHC, that would pass below Lake Geneva. A group of physicists mostly associated with Texas A&M University have counterproposed reviving the Superconducting Supercollider (SSC), a partly-built 87 km circular collider south of Dallas that was abandoned in 1993 after Congress cancelled the project.
The Texas A&M physicists argue that a completed SSC would be powerful enough to generate the Higgs boson in quantities that would allow detailed study (a 'Higgs Factory' in the authors' words), while saving money relative to competing proposals since 45 percent of the tunnel has already been drilled. But then it gets real interesting; the authors propose an additional tunnel, an enormous 270 km circumference collider that would encircle the city of Dallas. Protons would be accelerated in the SSC tunnel for injection into the hadron collider."
As I recall, the site has had several owners over the years and is owned right now by a local chemical company, that got it for a few millions. Well, I guess the price of the property just increased by a few 100%...
And what state are the tunnels in? Are they still there? Have they been filled up?
The SSC site is in Texas, in the Dallas suburb of Waxahachie. The chemical company Magnublend bought the old SSC campus [waxahachietx.com] (five buildings, 135 acres). As for the tunnels:
"Everyone wants to know about the tunnel. The bottom line is, there is no access to the tunnels and we have no interest in the tunnel whatsoever," he said. "As long as we own this property, the tunnel shafts will remain sealed. We want the buildings."
"we have no interest in the tunnel whatsoever," he said. "As long as we own this property, the tunnel shafts will remain sealed. We want the buildings.""
This coming from a Chemical company? Yeah....Right....
My understanding is that the tunnels now have water in them. That would have to be pumped out, obviously.
I was in Dallas when they canceled the Super-conductor-super-collider project.
The original project was supposed to be located somewhere south of the DFW (Dallas Forth-Worth) area.
But Texas is a BIG state and they don't need to put that thing in the same place.
Abiline Texas still have a lot of land, and I mean, A LOT. They can even build a 870-KM collider there if they want to.
The beauty of the site is that it contains alot of "Austin chalk", which, if I recall correctly from when it was selected, is extremely nice material to tunnel through (read: cheap). From a technical standpoint, this was a huge selling point to locating it where they did. Here's an article from the time [chicagotribune.com] (I remember reading this article at the time; it is funny which little things one carries in their head for 25 years, although I was at UT Austin at the time studying physics so it was big news then).