Around the World

A recovering northeast Japan turns its sights to the ILC

by Rika Takahashi

As the region around Tohoku University recovers from the March earthquake and regains its footing, scientists there look forward to rejoining ILC research efforts, and the local government highlights the ways recovery could be facilitated by bringing the ILC to Iwate prefecture.


Concrete plans for a platform

Pushing and pulling a detector on its platform brings technical challenges

by Leah Hesla

Linear collider collaborators are on board with the use of two platforms to move the ILC’s two colossal detectors in and out of the particle beamline. Now they work to design them so the detectors' rides are as smooth as possible.

Director's Corner

A new beginning – and no strings attached

This week’s issue features a Director's Corner from Brian Foster, Global Design Effort European Regional Director.

by Brian Foster

Winner of a Humboldt Professorship, Brian Foster has just taken up his work at DESY and University of Hamburg as a joint professor for experimental physics, focusing on accelerators for very high energies. He intends to spend the 5 million Euros for five years to the greatest effect, and the ILC will play a very strong part in his plans.

Image of the week

Electron gun placed on KEK electron beam welding machine

Image: Nobu Toge

In Spring 2011, an electron beam welding (EBW) machine was delivered to Japan from a manufacturer in Germany for building a cavity production test plant on the Tsukuba campus of KEK. This picture shows the electron gun, which was recently placed on top of the EBW vacuum vessel with help from a German engineer.

In the News

  • from Chicago Sun-Times
    20 June 2011
    Fermilab expects to lose up to 100 employees over the next several months as workers are given an opportunity to take buyouts as part of an effort to avert layoffs.
  • from CERN
    17 June 2011
    “When we set ourselves the objective of achieving one inverse femtobarn in 2011, it was for good reason: that amount of data could well give us access to exciting new physics.”
  • from BBC News
    15 June 2011
    The multinational T2K project in Japan says it has seen indications in its data that these elementary particles can flip to any of their three types.
  • from KEK
    15 June 2011
    For the first time, it was possible to observe an indication that muon neutrinos are able to transform into electron neutrinos over a distance of 295 km through the quantum mechanical phenomena of neutrino flavor oscillations.