The recent discovery of a particle at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, consistent with the long-sought Higgs boson, provides a very clear target for near-future linear collider experiments. A next-generation linear collider (LC) is currently being designed as the next large-scale experimental facility in elementary particle physics beyond the LHC. It is intended to offer a perfect environment to elucidate the nature of a Higgs particle and allows for precision studies to be conducted that may reveal the next energy scale of physics to be targeted by future big machines.
With the news of the Higgs, public interest in particle physics in general, and the LC in particular, is at an all-time high. Therefore, this year the organisers of the IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium have chosen to arrange a Special Linear Collider Event on 29 and 30 October in addition to their nominal IEEE NSS programme. The aim of the special event is to bring together academia, industry, and laboratory-based experts on accelerator and detector technologies and applications. It is an excellent opportunity to discuss linear collider technologies with the accelerator and instrumentation community at large.
Particle accelerators are widely perceived as tools for mankind in the service of science. The International Linear Collider, which is distributed among many labs, and the Compact Linear Collider (CLIC), centered at CERN, are both global projects that would collide electrons and positrons at TeV energies. However, they have different technologies, different time scales, and different energy extensibility. The two-day LC event will summarise the status of ILC and the CLIC accelerator and detector concepts, include presentations on the impact of LC technologies for different applications and provide a forum for discussion about LC perspectives.
Special attention will be given to the sessions where potential spin-offs of LC accelerator and detector technologies are discussed. In particular, they will include presentations on how accelerator technology developed by the nation’s laboratories and universities could directly translate into a competitive strength for industrial partners, as well as advance applications of accelerators for use in service to society. The status of the Advanced Accelerator Association Promoting Science and Technology (from the perspective of ‘industry-government-academia collaboration’ motivated by AAA, Japan) will be also reported. In the field of detector instrumentation, many spin-offs from ILC detector R&D look valuable for other particle physics detectors, and for detectors in other fields, in particular medical imaging (for example novel multi-modality designs in positron emission tomography).
The Linear Collider Forum Discussion will bring together directors of the world’s high-energy physics laboratories and leading experts in LC technologies, both from the academic research sector and industry, to provide an interactive discussion and insight into the long-term technology roadmap for the linear collider facility construction.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Anaheim!
The Program Committee of the “Special Linear Collider Event” (Jim Brau (University of Oregon, USA), Juan Fuster (IFIC Valencia, Spain), Ingrid-Maria Gregor (DESY Hamburg, Germany), Michael Harrison (BNL, USA), Marc Ross (FNAL, USA), Steinar Stapnes (CERN, Switzerland), Maxim Titov (CEA Saclay, France), Nick Walker (DESY Hamburg, Germany), Akira Yamamoto (KEK, Japan), Hitoshi Yamamoto (Tohoku University, Japan))