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which indicates diminishing returns on new particle accelerators. However to uncover new physics, presumably you need to keep increasing the Lorentz factor by the roughly 10x trend here:

So is this hopeless?

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which indicates diminishing returns on new particle accelerators. However to uncover new physics, presumably you need to keep increasing the Lorentz factor by the roughly 10x trend here:

So is this hopeless?

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Those graphs seem oddly similar to Moore's law for example, and we know now we are at the point where the climb in the graph is going flat.

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Those graphs seem oddly similar to Moore's law

These are both cases of Stein's Law. "Things that can't go on forever won't."

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One interesting comment in the Powers of Ten video...

on the return trip

(?t=5m10s) "Notice the alternation between great activity and relative inactivity, a rhythm that will continue..."

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So in a sense it's not a straight forward comparison

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Also there is a positive feedback with moores law - smaller microprocessors are more efficient (per transistor) than larger ones - the power usage of processors has remained about flat for the last 20 years - with particle accelerators inefficiencies would increase with size

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