As we were going to press, the CERN directorate announced that the 2 November shutdown of LEP was indeed the collider's final termination. The 27‐km LEP tunnel will now be made ready for the Large Hadron Collider, which should be providing 14‐TeV proton‐proton collisions by 2005. LEP had already enjoyed a one‐month reprieve in response to recent tantalizing hints of a possible Higgs boson with a mass of about But, after heated discussion, it was finally decided that the extra October run did not uncover sufficient confirmatory evidence to justify a costly further extension of LEP's 11‐year life.
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Bertram Schwarzschild; Lights out at LEP. Physics Today 1 December 2000; 53 (12): 18. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.2405520
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