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Art explaining science with the help of the ILC

by Rika Takahashi

Want to help build the International Linear Collider? This autumn, the International Linear Collider exhibition will be installed at one of the biggest art event in Tokyo. Have a go at its construction...

Director's Corner

Interesting times

by Mike Harrison

Future ex-Director Mike Harrison dedicates his last corner to describing the challenges that come with a change of emphasis in the R&D. The main R&D goal is optimised SCRF cost coupled with optimal design – but it's not that easy, Harrison says.


From symmetry: You keep using that physics word

I do not think it means what you think it means.

Physics can often seem inconceivable. It’s a field of strange concepts and special terms. Language often fails to capture what’s really going on within the math and theories. And to make things even more complicated, physics has repurposed a number of familiar English words.

Much like Americans in England, folks from beyond the realm of physics may enter to find themselves in a dream within a dream, surrounded by a sea of words that sound familiar but are still somehow completely foreign.

Not to worry! Symmetry is here to help guide you with this list of words that acquire a new meaning when spoken by physicists.

In the News

  • from Iwate Nichi Nichi
    6 September 2016

    「国際リニアコライダー(ILC)」を新幹線利用者らに知ってもらおうと、奥州市はJR水沢江刺駅構内「南岩手交流プラザ」の一角にILCのPRコーナーを開設。5分間にまとめた動画の上映を始めた。(Oshu city installed the video booth at the Minami Iwate communicaion plaza at the JP Mizuwasa esashi station, and started to broadcast ILC promotion video to gain more understadings from Shinkansen passengers.)

  • from
    30 September 2016

    מאיץ שמציעים לבנות ביפן יוכל אולי לפתור את התעלומות שמאיץ ההדרונים הגדול בג’נבה לא הצליח לפתור בעת כתיבת הטור הזה צפוי משרד החינוך התרבות והספורט של יפן (MEXT) להחליט אם להמשיך בפרויקט ה-ILC. אנחנו סבורים שכדאי. (Japan’s offer to build accelerator may be able to solve the mysteries Large Hadron Collider in Geneva failed to resolve. —-When writing this column is expected to Ministry of Education and Culture of Japan (MEXT) to decide whether to continue the ILC project. We think you should.)

  • from The Kitakami Times
    30 September 2016

    Another year, another summer. Japan’s summer season may be hot and humid, but it’s also full of traditional events that center on family and the community. Many of these “natsu-matsuri”, or summer festivals, are held in August during the O-bon holiday, which is all about paying your respects to relatives who have passed. It’s also a time to perform the various ceremonies and dances that have been passed down in each region for hundreds of years.
    (Japanese translation available at the end of the article)

  • from The Kitakami Times
    28 September 016

    In this issue:
    -Talking about 2016’s LCWS with Prof. Shinya Narita of Iwate University
    -ILC summer camp at an Ichinoseki hot spring resort
    -Kesennuma: Unusual treats, sake, biking, and sea frolicking
    -A wonderful summer full of “natsu-matsuri”

  • from JND
    27 September 2016

    そのほかの注目プログラムは、「Salone in Roppongi」。建築家・長坂常が世界で最も難解と言われる素粒子物理学の世界をデザインの視点で伝える。(One of the program attracting the most attention is “Salone in Roppongi.” Architect Jo Nagasaka will present the world of particle physics from his own view point.)

  • from Science
    27 September 2016

    Next week, the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics will be announced, and many scientists expect it to honor the detection of ripples in space called gravitational waves, reported in February. If other prizes are a guide, the Nobel will go to the troika of physicists who 32 years ago conceived of LIGO, the duo of giant detectors responsible for the discovery: Rainer Weiss of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, and Ronald Drever and Kip Thorne of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena. But some influential physicists, including previous Nobel laureates, say the prize, which can be split three ways at most, should include somebody else: Barry Barish.

  • from American Scientist Macroscope Blog
    25 September 2016

    Nevertheless, fundamental science has led to a myriad of influential applications in society. (…) The moral is that we won’t know the impact that building a new accelerator will have on society until many years after we use it. In the meantime it is guaranteed to foster peaceful international collaboration and continue to inspire the imagination and hope of future generations of scientists. During my time at CERN, I worked as a part of the ATLAS collaboration, one of the groups working to analyze the collisions from the LHC. (…) I’m optimistic that I will go back soon and continue working with the LHC. But in the far future, I’m excited to hear which of these accelerators the world will agree to construct, and which will likely determine the focus of my future career.

  • from 环球科学
    23 September 2013

    你也许不熟悉超大型对撞机,但不可能不认识 Hello Kitty。这只源于日本、风靡世界的小猫是“卡哇伊”文化的代表,其可爱甜美的形象已经出现在上万种商品上,每年畅销数十个国家。如今,Hello Kitty 有了一项新工作:国际直线对撞机(International Linear Collider,ILC)的形象大使,为 ILC 在日本乃至全世界争取支持。(You may not be familiar with the super collider, but it is impossible not knowing Hello Kitty. Hello Kitty is from Japan, but swepted the world with “Kawaii” culture by its lovely sweet image. She has appeared in the tens of thousands of commodities, selling dozens of countries each year.Today, Hello Kitty has a new job: ILC (International Linear Collider, ILC) ambassador for the ILC in Japan and around the world to gain the support.)

  • from Iwate Nippo
    8 September 2016

    (he Tohoku Conference for the Promotion of the ILC is working towards getting the ILC sited in Tohoku, and on September 7th, representatives met with politicians of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports, Culture, and Technology (MEXT), and the non-partisan Federation of Diet Members for the ILC (FDMILC). There, they presented a formal request for more information to be shared with foreign governments.)
    Read full translation provided by Iwate & the ILC website here.

  • from Iwate Nippo
    31 August 2016

    The request was broken down into 60 million yen for risk analysis, investigation, and research related to the international large-scale accelerator plan, and 50 million yen for developing the core technology needed to improve performance, reduce size, and lower the cost of a future accelerator. (…) Another 40.8 billion yen was calculated for support for the reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (reconstruction special accounts portion).
    (Full translation provided by Iwate & the ILC website )

  • from Tanko Nichinichi
    19 August 2016

     北上山地が有力候補地となっている素粒子研究施設、国際リニアコライダー(ILC)を紹介するシリーズPR動画「ILC科学少年団」のロケが18~19日、奥州、一関両市で行われている。初日は水沢区内や国立天文台水沢キャンパスなどで撮影を実施。宇宙誕生の謎を解き明かすILCは、天文学とも結びつきが深い研究施設であることにも触れた。動画は今年10月から12月にかけ、全国のケーブルテレビ(CATV)局で放送されるほか、インターネット動画サイト「You Tube」でも配信する予定だ。
    (The “ILC Scouts,” a program introducing the International Linear Collider, filmed in Oshu City and Ichinoseki City on August 18-19. On the first day, filming was held in Mizusawa ward and on the NAOJ Mizusawa Campus. The story touched on how the ILC, which could solve the riddle of how the universe began, has deep connections with astronomy. The episodes will be broadcast on cable TV networks nationwide from October to December this year, and will also be posted on Youtube.)
    Read full translation provided by Iwate & the ILC website here.