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So when will the next collider be chosen? No decision can be made until the LHC makes discoveries beyond the standard model of particle physics, such as evidence of "supersymmetric" particles. This will indicate which machine would be the most appropriate to further explore the properties of the new particles.
"Wishfully thinking, this could be by 2012, but more realistically by 2015 or so," said Rolf-Dieter Heuer, director general of the CERN particle physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland, during a press briefing at the conference today. He reckons that it will then take a furthe
Two accelerator proposals are on the table to succeed the LHC: the International Linear Collider (ILC) and the Compact Linear Collider (CLIC). The ILC would smash electrons and positrons together in a 35-kilometre-long straight accelerator, whereas the CLIC would collide them in a shorter machine but accelerate them to higher energies. (See a summary of the pros and cons of each post-LHC collider here).
In summary, there can be no doubt that Paris is the place to be in summer 2010 for anyone interested in High Energy Physics.