Research Director's Report

New regional contact from Europe

by Sakue Yamada

First of all a Happy New Year to all readers!

We have now come over the middle point of the Letters-of-Intent (LOIs) process to produce a detailed baseline design (DBD) of the ILC detectors. The first half was very productive. Starting from the call for LOIs and establishing the advisory scheme, the International Detector Advisory Group (IDAG), we came through the validation, which included both hard work for preparation by many people and elaborated examination by IDAG. Much work on detector R&D and physics simulation is now being continued to be integrated into two detector systems by the two validated groups. While further efforts are needed towards the completion of DBD, it is timely to make an interim report now, and we are already working on it.

Around the World

Linear collider technology in your body

New FP-7-health programme brings together hospitals and particle physics

by Barbara Warmbein

A device used the linear collider’s hadronic calorimeter could soon help detect cancer. It would also be the central part of what is likely going to be the world’s smallest calorimeter – so tiny that it can fit on the tip of an endoscope to be inserted into a person’s stomach. Since January 2011, a consortium of some 60 scientists from 13 institutes all across Europe is officially building the world’s first in-body calorimeter, funded by the European commission in its 7th Framework Programme with about 6 million Euros over a period of four years.

Director's Corner

What did we accomplish last year?

by Barry Barish

The ILC is still very much a dream and the path to a real project remains highly uncertain, even though the scientific case is as strong as ever and we continue to meet all our highest priority goals. Hopefully, the world political and economic climate will improve before too long and there will once again be receptiveness to major investments in large-scale basic science projects. It is hard to imagine that we have seen the last of such projects; therefore our strategy is to be as prepared as possible to make a strong proposal for a linear collider when the time is right. Keeping that ultimate goal in mind, how are we doing and what did we accomplish in 2010? In fact, in my opinion, last year was a banner year for the Global Design Effort!

Image of the week

SLAC’s new associate lab director

Image: Maxine Hronek

SLAC’s new Director of the Accelerator Directorate Norbert Holtkamp (2nd from left) meets with GDE Project Managers Nick Walker, Marc Ross and Akira Yamamoto on a sunny afternoon in Palo Alto, California. Holtkamp welcomed GDE members to SLAC at their second Baseline Assessment Workshop on Tuesday.

In the News

  • From physicstoday.org18 January 2011Does the world need the US to lead particle physics?… As if to acknowledge the new reality, one possible next-generation machine, the International Linear Collider, even has “international” in its name.
  • From Cern Bulletin17 January 2011The end of a remarkable eraAn important era in particle physics is coming to an end: the US Department of Energy announced on Monday that it will not fund an extension to Tevatron running beyond 2011.
  • From New York Times17 January 2011Recalling a Fallen Star’s Legacy in High-Energy Particle Physics… Some day alien archaeologists could excavate the tunnel in which giant machines replayed the Big Bang and wonder what happened to the people who built it, and what they thought about their place in the universe.
  • From Público 12 January 2011La carrera por el mayor de los aceleradoresUno de los candidatos es el International Linear Collider (ILC), un acelerador que abandona la forma circular por una lineal que funciona a menos potencia que el LHC (un teraelectronvoltio) pero aprovecha mejor cada colisión. (in Spanish)