It was only natural that the unquestioned success of the operation of Stanford’s MARK III accelerator and the creativity of the physics research program would lead to discussions about what the “next step” should be. These speculations were initially promoted by Bob Hofstadter, who was buoyed by the success and worldwide recognition of his electron scattering program. Numerous conversations involving Hofstadter, Ed Ginzton, Leonard Schiff, myself, and some others took place at various times, and these conversations led to the presentation of a report1 at the 1956 CERN Symposium on High Energy Accelerators examining the technical factors in extrapolating the MARK III experience to multi-GeV energies.
KeywordsElectron Linear Accelerator High Energy Accelerator Government Approval Joint Appointment Conventional Facility
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