Author archive: Barbara Warmbein

Survey reveals ILC-related hopes and fears of high school kids

| 25 June 2015 In spring, 1408 high school students answered a survey done by the Oshu International Relations Association. The survey asked whether they had heard about the ILC, what it meant to them and whether they had any worries or expectations. The results are fascinating and will have some influence on how the project will be communicated to locals if it gets approved. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , , ,

Crossing technical and cultural borders

| 28 May 2015 Accelerator experts from Europe and Japan have a long history of cooperation for projects such as ATF at the Japanese lab KEK, and of course the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. A new EU-funded project makes sure that cooperation continues with future projects like the high-luminosity LHC, the Future Circular Collider FCC, CLIC, the ILC and many more. The first researcher (from the German lab DESY) has already spent nine weeks in Japan to improve simulations for site-specific machine-detector-interface questions for the ILC. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , ,

Building trust and big machines

| 28 May 2015 The Japanese town Kesen-Numa has large expertise in the fishing and port industry, but they have never hosted a major international lab. A delegation recently visited CERN to learn how these labs work, what they need and what benefit they bring to their neighbours. Category: Image of the week | Tagged: , , , , ,

CALICE under new leadership

| 30 April 2015 CALICE, the collaboration of detector developers working on calorimeters for the linear collider, has a new spokesperson. At their meeting during the ALCW2015 workshop, the collaboration elected Frank Simon from the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich, Germany, as their new head. He takes over from Jose Repond, Argonne National Lab. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , , ,

InGrids on the rise

| 16 April 2015 An alternative technology for the ILD detector’s TPC tracker shows good results in a test beam at DESY. While the Large Hadron Collider saw its first circulating protons since many months, a detector technology for the time projection chamber of a future ILC detector saw some 1.5 million events in one week. Due to its specific technology, it probably has more channels than any other TPC so far. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Ready for the jump

| 19 March 2015 The Large Hadron Collider is about to start up again as an almost new machine and almost twice the previous collision energy. With first beams possibly circulating by the end of the month and first collisions expected for the beginning of summer, physicists around the world cannot wait to see what the collisions of Run 2 will reveal. Will there be first signs of supersymmetry, a possible key to the as yet locked dark universe? What will the properties of the Higgs boson reveal? Will there be unexpected peaks in the data? And how do these results translate to the ILC? LC NewsLine speaks to two theoretical physicists. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , , , , , , , ,

Linear collider technology checks LHC lumi

| 5 March 2015 There’s a piece of linear collider detector technology that is getting ready to take real collision data. The linear collider may be at planning stage, but right in the middle of the CMS detector, a luminometer based on work done for the forward region of the ILC’s ILD detector is very much a working piece of kit. It will measure the luminosity in CMS, ie the rate of collisions that the LHC produces per second, and the beam-induced background. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , , , , ,

Tech transfer from linear collider to LHC detector

| 19 February 2015 The CMS detector at CERN's Large Hadron Collider is very much a detector at work. It co-found the Higgs particle in 2012 and, although still in Lang-Shutdown-1 mode, it's ready for the second LHC run. In it: a piece of linear collider technology. Stay tuned for the whole story in a future issue of LC NewsLine. Category: Image of the week | Tagged: , , ,

CLICing into action

| 5 February 2015 The first prototype module of CLIC is operational in the CLIC test facility. The Compact Linear Collider Study shows that it does what it says in the acronym: a compact accelerator module, fed by high-power waveguides, cables and cooling tubes, sits elegantly on a custom-made mechanical structure that can be moved in all directions to ultra-high precision, and tests how all the little details work that turn a metal structure into a functioning accelerator module– frequency, losses, damping, acceleration, deceleration. At the CLIC test facility you see none of the heavy-duty steel pipes that characterise the dipole magnets of the LHC. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , ,

2020 on the horizon

| 22 January 2015 Good news for detector developers in Europe: the AIDA-2020 proposal to the European Commission has been selected to be funded as part of the Horizon 2020 programme. This means that future projects needing state-of-the-art particle detectors like the Large Hadron Collider upgrade and the linear collider will receive a total of ten million euros funding over the next four years. Thirty-eight participants from all across Europe take part in AIDA2020, including CERN as coordinating institute, making it the largest European detector R&D project. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , , , , , ,
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