Director's Corner

Collider facts

by Hitoshi Murayama

In Whistler, British Columbia, some two hundred physicists gathered to the annual Linear Collider Workshop. As the last speaker of the meeting, I tried to summarise the status of various collider options currently under discussion. In particular, I tried to clarify their readiness and timelines.

Around the World

From Fermilab Today: Fermilab attains unprecedented quality factor for LCLS-II dressed cavity

Members of Fermilab's Technical Division are working on superconducting radio-frequency cavities that are shaped like squatty beads on straight string. These prone, uniformly bulging tubes accelerate the particle beams that shoot through their hollow insides. The team recently achieved a record-high quality factor with a fully dressed cavity for a SLAC-headed project, Linac Coherent Light Source II.


Future accelerator scientists’ fulfilling twelve days

by Rika Takahashi

Counting down to the ski season, still off-season Whistler, in British Columbia, Canada, was an ideal place for student to concentrate on the study for the 9th International Accelerator School for Linear Colliders.

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Higgs found at DESY

More than 18000 visitors flock to DESY campus on its open day

by Barbara Warmbein

The German research centre DESY opened its doors to the public on 7 November, a day now known as DESY DAY. More than 18000 visitors came to see real accelerators, braving long queues and Hamburg drizzle to walk through parts of the European XFEL, PETRA or HERA accelerators, to visit DESY's workshops and partner labs on campus, learn about vacuum, magnetism, cryo technology, molecular biology, crystal and much more. Some of them even discovered the Higgs, which was roaming around on campus, happy to be photographed.

In the News

  • from CNN
    11 November 2015

    We celebrate the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity this November

  • from Technisch Weekblad
    11 November 2015

    IEEE Spectrum is een van de vele websites waar men melding maakt van de Chinese plannen voor een Super Proton-Proton Collider (SPPC), een circulaire tunnel van 54 km lengte waarin rond 2040 protonen tegen elkaar moeten gaan knallen met een energie van 100 TeV (tera-elektronvolt); dat is zeven keer de maximale energie van de botsingen in de Large Hadron Collider (LHC) van CERN.

  • from Iwate Nippo
    10 November 2015

    県立大の鈴木厚人学長らのニュートリノ研究グループが、世界の顕著な科学研究に贈られるブレークスルー賞を受けた9日、県内外から祝福や科学振興を期待する声が上がった。鈴木学長は東北への国際リニアコライダー(ILC)誘致のけん引役でもあり、関係者は朗報を喜ぶ。(On 9 November, people cerebrated for Atsuto Suzuki, president of Iwate Prefectural University winning the Breakthrough prize, and expectation for the promotion of the science and technology rose high, because Suzuki is playing the leading role to invite the ILC to Tohoku .)

  • from NTV news
    10 November 2015

    今回の賞を受けて鈴木学長は、「ILC国際リニアコライダーが建設されれば、精密に宇宙誕生の仕組みが解明される」と期待を寄せている。(Upon the prize winning of Breakthrough award, Atsuto Suzuki commented that “if the ILC would built, we can unravel the mystery of the birth of the universe very precisely.)

  • from ARUP
    6 November 2015

    The benefits of this digital engineering approach has proved a success and it is being further applied on the International Linear Collider (ILC) project, a 34km long particle accelerator tunnel project that is potentially being hosted by KEK in Japan. – See more at:

  • from Asimmetrie
    November 2015

    Asimmetrie is the institutional magazine of INFN, targeted at high school teachers and students.

  • from IEEE Spectrum
    2 November 2015
    What comes after the Large Hadron Collider?
    The main successor concept is the International Linear Collider (ILC), which would smash together electrons with a “center of mass energy” of up to one tera-electron volt. It is currently in an advanced state of discussion between scientists mainly from American, European, and Japanese particle physics institutes. The proposed machine would be a “Higgs factory”, performing experiments with large numbers of Higgs bosons, allowing a better understanding of the still enigmatic particle.