Author archive: Leah Hesla

From the world to America: seeding superconducting accelerator technology through the ILC

| 2 October 2014 The superconducting technology at the heart of the ILC is one of the outstanding innovations of the machine’s design. The new kid on the block, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory’s light source LCLS II, owes much to the ILC's advances in superconducting radio-frequency technology. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , , ,

From Fermilab Today: Fermilab’s new cavity temperature mapping system commissioned

| 26 July 2012 Fermilab scientists have a new diagnostic tool that could lead to far more efficient accelerator cavities. The temperature mapping system, fitted with 576 sensors, reads the temperature of every square centimetre of cavity surface and might thus help scientists get to the bottom of the problem of why superconducting cavities dissipate much more energy than theory predicts. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , ,

Doing the cryomodule shuffle

| 19 April 2012 Out with the old, in with the new! Having completed a successful run of tests on Cryomodule 1, Fermilab researchers remove it from its current home and install Cryomodule 2. The new device’s components have shown promise, and with the experience from the earlier cryomodule brought to bear on the next, the team hopes to realise the ILC gradient goals at Fermilab before long. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , ,

Triple milestone for Cornell’s ERL programme

| 29 March 2012 Researchers at Cornell University's Energy Recovery Linac programme recently achieved three milestones in two months. One of them could lead to more reliable superconducting accelerator cavities. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

SLAC P2 Marx ramps up reliability

| 15 March 2012 The newest incarnation of the SLAC P2 Marx modulator is designed to be more versatile and robust than its predecessor. Having prepped it for reliability, scientists will soon put the modulator's mettle to the test. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , ,

The incredible shrinking pixel sensor

| 1 March 2012 We don’t usually notice all three dimensions of a semiconductor chip. We note the intricate, maze-like circuitry imprinted onto one side or its reflective sensor surface. Rarely is attention paid to its depth, mostly because chips have so little of it. In the last five to ten years, the particle detector community has been working with the semiconductor industry to develop sensors’ minuscule depths to create technology with integrated functionalities that could be used in fields outside particle physics. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , ,

1-TeV beam shapes up

| 9 February 2012 Designing a 1-TeV upgrade of the ILC requires a suitable particle beam to go along with it. Scientists recently decided on the shape of the 1-TeV beam, and it has a shifted waist. Category: Feature | Tagged: ,

Pushing technology, expanding industry

| 12 January 2012 Canada-based PAVAC Industries recently set up a second shop in Fermilab’s backyard. Their work in superconducting cavities pushes their technological capabilities, enabling them to expand into other accelerator applications such as flue gas treatment for coal plants. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , ,

CM2 assembly nearly complete

| 15 December 2011 Fermilab will soon begin operating CM2, a significant advancement in work on superconducting radiofrequency research that will serve the ILC community and Fermilab in building and operating future accelerators. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , , ,

LCIO 2.0 improves simulation coordination

| 8 December 2011 A new version of linear collider data storage software was released this past autumn to accommodate detector scientists' increasing sophistication in simulating particle events. LCIO (the name comes from 'linear collider input/output') continues to facilitate agreement among the world's linear collider groups with a common event data model and file format for data exchange. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , ,
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