Author archive: Barbara Warmbein

Back to the future

| 11 December 2014 The Future Circular Collider (FCC) study, though even further in the future than the ILC, might be feeding technology back to its linear cousin. An interactive tunnel-planning tool developed by a civil engineering design company for planning the future circular colliders in the CERN vicinity could prove to be useful for detailed planning and design optimisation of the ILC in the designated Kitakami site. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , ,

Summer students reunite at test beam

| 26 November 2014 Four consecutive generations of former DESY summer students had an unplanned reunion at CERN recently: they were all around for the test of of the prototype of the analogue hadronic calorimeter for the ILC's ILD detector. They had all worked on this project as summer students. Category: Image of the week | Tagged: , , , ,

Green ILC: towards sustainable colliders

| 30 October 2014 Smashing particles together at high energies is power-consuming business. People around the world are discussing to see if the ILC could be made green in the hope to finally reach complete sustainability. More efficient klystrons and cryocoolers, recovering and recycling heat wastes, embedding renewable energies and storage technologies are some of the main issues. The ILC could bring back high-energy physics to one of its core businesses: energy. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , ,

Calorimeters enjoy beam time

| 16 October 2014 Test beam season has started again. Two potential prototypes for future ILC detectors are being tested in a beamline at CERN that delivers hadrons from the proton synchrotron, CERN’s workhorse accelerator. The CALICE collaboration is looking forward to getting its hands on the fresh test beam data. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , , ,

LINACs in all (linear) shapes and sizes

| 4 September 2014 With more 200 linear accelerators around the world in operation for research, and more than 8000 linear accelerators serving industrial and medical application, future linear colliders played a small but important role at the LINAC14 conference this week in Geneva. It's R&D for future facilities that could make all linacs more efficient and reliable. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , ,

SCRF R&D for ILC upgrade – tin for the future?

| 3 July 2014 Cornell is working on a technology that could make superconducting cavities even more efficient: niobium alloyed with tin. Currently in single-cell research stage, tests show promising results, especially for the quality factor Q. Cornell university has always been a big player in the development of superconducting radio frequency technology SCRF, the technology chosen for the ILC. Even though research into Nb3Sn-cavities is not advanced enough to replace conventional cavities just yet, it might play a big role in future upgrades of the ILC – and in many other accelerators for all kinds of purposes the nearer future. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , ,

Some CLIC with your free-electron laser?

| 6 March 2014 Particle physics has a long tradition of technologies serendipitously making their way into other realms of science or even everyday life. Think of the web or particle detectors for medical diagnostics. The scientists working on the CLIC accelerator, one of the potential successors of the Large Hadron Collider LHC, held a “High Gradient Day” specially targeted at industry during their workshop last week in order to catalyse the transfer of knowledge gathered over years of R&D. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , , ,

The road to Kitakami

| 20 February 2014 Our mission was clear: we were the tasters, the vanguard. In early February, the two European LC communicators travelled to Japan for three days to a. find our way around the Japanese transport system, b. be filmed doing so, c. find entry points of improvement potential for foreigners about to make the same experience, and d. start a communication model for the future multi-national laboratory. Here is how it all played out. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , , ,

The Big ILC Kitakami Iwate Tohoku Glossary

| 20 February 2014 Are you confused yet? Is Kitakami a mountain or a town, a river or a region? What’s “Iwate” and what does it have in common with Sendai? Here’s a glossary to help you understand all those new words and look them up before you go. Oh, and by the way: Kitakami is all of the above and Iwate and Sendai are all in the Tohoku region of Japan… Category: Feature | Tagged: , , , ,

Power napping for detectors

| 5 December 2013 If physicists had it their way, detectors of the future would be powered with air. They want no material and no electronic noise to disturb their measurements. Powering by air isn’t a realistic option, so electrical engineers are tackling the challenge, putting a lot of effort into keeping noise down and material out. One of them is Cristian Fuentes at CERN. His latest project: power pulsing for the CLIC detector. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , ,
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