Testing the Standard Model
Precision Measurements of the Z and W; Search for the Higgs.
The ψ and resonances were startling and largely unanticipated. By contrast, it was apparent far in advance that the Z would be spectacular in e+e− annihilation. Indeed, within the Standard Model nearly every aspect of the Z could be predicted to the extent that sin2 θW was known. Despite this, the study of the Z in e+e− annihilation was a singular achievement in particle physics.
After initial planning as early as 1976, CERN began construction of the Large Electron Positron collider in 1983. Because ultrarelativistic electrons lose energy rapidly through ...