Harry Weerts and Mike Harrison | 22 May 2014After the release of the European Strategy for Particle Physics last year, the strategy process in the US is also being finalised. The Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel (P5) was put together and charged by the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (HEPAP) to create a “10 year strategic plan in context of a 20 year global vision” for the US programme. The complete committee report was presented to HEPAP today and discussions about its content are ongoing. The P5 roadmap outlines a broad particle physics programme for the US, including strong endorsements for the ILC in Japan.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: DOE, ILC, P5 report, US
Mike Harrison | 17 April 2014Having just returned from a three-day meeting of civil engineers, accelerator designers, integration experts and linear collider management at the University of Tokyo, Mike Harrison, ILC Director in the Linear Collider Collaboration, reports on the progress. It turned out that even if the ILC is built in stages, which is a popular model with many, all the major civil engineering facilities would have to be completed in phase one of the project.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: accelerator, civil engineering, conventional facilities, ILC design, Kitakami site
Mike Harrison | 21 November 2013The US Department of Energy High Energy Physics Advisory Panel is currently in the process of updating the 2008 US High Energy Physics roadmap. The Committee will produce a draft report by early March 2014 and a final report by May. Mike Harrison, Associate Director for the International Linear Collider, explains the context and possible outcome, for the ILC, of this roadmap.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: ILC R&D, P5 panel, Snowmass, US
Mike Harrison | 4 April 2013The problems of succession to the throne have bedeviled society throughout the ages. For centuries the European approach seemed to involve bloodshed ranging from the personal to the national level. The recent transfer of power in the linear collider world might not have been violent, but it still faces the eternal question of “OK, so where do we go from here?” Here are some thoughts on the ILC programme.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: cavity production, CLIC, cryomodule, Higgs factory, Technical Design Report
Mike Harrison | 27 October 2011Superconducting radiofrequency technology is advancing, the ILC design is coming together, and the LHC programme is running exceptionally well, although the evidence for new physics remains tantalizing. The linear collider community is well on its way to bringing the next big particle collider to the world's stage.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: LCWS11, LHC, Superconducting RF
Mike Harrison | 6 January 2011Is there ever a good time to be proposing the creation of a large and complex science facility? Probably not, but at face value we seem to have chosen a particularly inopportune moment to be raising this issue.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: funding, overview
Mike Harrison | 25 June 2009The ILC, when built, will represent the latest in technology innovation and will be a global effort involving world-class talent. The Accelerator Design and Integration meeting held at DESY a few weeks ago is an example of the design process in action.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: particle acceleration