Review of the P5: The U.S. Vision for Particle Physics after Discovery of the Higgs Boson, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Energy of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, June 10, 2014   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is from the June 10, 2014 hearing on "A Review of the P5" held before the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. From the opening statement of Cynthia Lummis: "Today, the Energy Subcommittee will discuss a strategic plan for U.S. particle physics in the global context offered by the Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel, also known as the 'P5.' Researchers in particle physics seek to unveil the fundamental components of existence in an effort to better understand the interrelationship between space, matter, and time. The field has been highly successful - recently yielding discoveries of the heaviest elementary particle (the top quark), the tiny masses of neutrinos, the accelerated expansion of the Universe, and the Higgs boson. The P5 plan reflects approximately one year of deliberation to reach consensus throughout the particle physics community regarding the best opportunities for the United States to maintain global significance in this scientific discipline while considering three potential budget scenarios. While the U.S. remains in a state of fiscal uncertainty, reducing overall federal spending in order to arrive at a balanced budget should be a top priority. Yet during this process, we cannot overlook the fact that the federal government plays a critical role when it comes to the nation's long-term competitiveness in the physical sciences." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Steve Ritz, Persis Drell, Nigel Lockyer, and Natalie Roe.

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