Physicists propose factory to spew out Higgs particles: Muons are particles similar to electrons, but 200 times more massive. That means a muon-antimuon accelerator could reach the necessary energies over a far shorter distance.
With the putative Higgs checking in at about 125 gigaelectronvolts, you would need to bash together a muon and an antimuon with each having just over 60 GeV of energy. "That should be doable with a machine 100 times smaller than the LHC," says Rubbia. The result would be a "Higgs factory" producing the particle and little else.