There are no official proposals for where the ILC could be located. Rather, our approach has been to develop an ILC design compatible with three “sample” sites that have different characteristics. In this process, we have by no means ruled out the possibility of housing the ILC in a shallow site, even though all three of our sample sites are deep underground. A new shallow site possibility has recently been suggested in Hanford, Washington in the US.
The two volumes of the Detailed Baseline Design report, which will be published alongside the Technical Design Report, are ready in draft form. They will now be submitted to the physics and detectors’ advisory group IDAG. A lot has been accomplished in the R&D process for the ILC detectors, and it’s thanks to the community’s spirit and determination that we have achieved our milestones. We look forward to taking on the next challenge.
Qian Pan, a new ILC communicator for Asia, introduces herself. Qian, who is called Peggy by all her non-Chinese colleagues, is based at IHEP in Beijing. She shares her time between the Foreign Affairs Department of IHEP and ILC communications.
Fermilab has a new collaboration centre: on 27 August the Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the Rare Isotope Science Project of Korea's Institute for Basic Science opened the Korea-US Collaboration Center for Accelerator Science.
No word on whether Sheldon, Leonard or Penny will be there, but the International Workshop on Future Linear Colliders will draw plenty of star power to the University of Texas at Arlington in late October. Particle physicists from around the world will attend, and Nobel laureate Steven Weinberg will deliver a public lecture Oct. 24.