Statement of support

We at ILC NewsLine offer our condolences to our friends and colleagues in Japan, who have endured great loss from last week’s devastating earthquake and tsunami. Our thoughts are with you during this tragic time.

Director's Corner

To our Japanese colleagues

by Barry Barish

To our Japanese colleagues:

On behalf of the Global Design Effort for the International Linear Collider, I would like to convey our deepest care and sympathy to the citizens of Japan and to our physics colleagues and collaborators for the tragedy that your country has suffered as a result of the earthquake and tsunami last week. We are saddened by the loss of lives and the extent of the devastation. Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this tragic event.

Along with our condolences for the loss of life and property, we share your concerns over the impact on your scientific community and facilities. We hope that our fellow scientists and their families are safe.

We join the worldwide particle physics communities in extending our sympathies to the Japanese people and to the Japanese scientific community. Please know that our thoughts are with you during this trying time.


A scientist’s report on the earthquake and KEK’s accelerator test facility

The earthquake takes its toll on one of KEK's hallmark experiments

by Toshiaki Tauchi

A huge 9.0-magnitude earthquake descended on us at about 14:46 on 11 March 2011 Japan standard time. The ATF (accelerator test facility) was operating for ATF2 beam-tuning and we were going to have a background study for the interaction point beam size monitor.


KEK earthquake report

KEK employees survey the damage to their laboratory after enduring the biggest earthquake in Japan's history

by Rika Takahashi

As many people in the world already know, Japan is currently dealing with its worst disaster: Japan's biggest earthquake on record and the fourth largest in history. Thousands of lives have been lost. Tens of thousands people are forced to evacuate and live without basic necessities. Hundreds of thousands are still missing.

Image of the week

First-ever US physics slam to be held in Eugene, Oregon

Six entertaining physicists will each explain a topic in particle physics in under 12 minutes. An audience vote decides the winner.

Image: Sandbox Studio

At this year’s ALCPG conference, the University of Oregon will host the first-ever physics slam held in the United States.

Six ILC scientists become slammers for one night. Each has only 12 minutes to explain a topic in particle physics to the residents of Eugene, Oregon. The audience votes for the clearest, most entertaining particle physics slam of the evening.

Come join the fun if you can! The event is free and open to the public. Visit the event page for more information.

In the News

  • From symmetry breaking
    15 March
    For the first time, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider have spotted single top quark production.
  • From Fermilab Today
    14 March
    The CDF and DZero experiments at Fermilab have reached new ground in their quest to find the Higgs boson, a key member of the particle zoo known as the Standard Model.
  • From
    14 March
    Physicists in Japan are assessing the state of the country’s research facilities in the aftermath of Friday’s major earthquake and tsunami. …As the clean-up begins, scientists are now beginning to evaluate how much damage has been caused to the country’s research infrastructure and facilities.
  • From Reuters
    14 March
    CERN scientists said Monday they staged their first speed-of-light particle collisions of the year at the weekend, resuming their probes into the origins of the cosmos in the centre’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
  • From The Guardian
    12 March 2011
    Two major particle physics labs are a couple of hundred kilometres south of Sendai. The earthquake struck just before a seminar to announce the first T2K neutrino results.