Early in May a report containing reference designs for the Superconducting Super Collider was submitted to the Department of Energy. A group of about 150 scientists, led by Maury Tigner of Cornell, submitted a 400‐page draft report that considered three SSC designs—one using 3‐tesla superferric magnets (proposed by a Texas consortium), one using 5‐tesla superconducting magnets (proposed by Fermilab) and one using 6.5‐tesla superconducting magnets (proposed by Brookhaven and Lawrence Berkeley Lab). Cost estimates for each of the three designs were roughly the same: $2.7–$–$3.0 billion in 1984 dollars. These estimates do not include the cost of site acquisition or the cost of the detectors.

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