Author archive: Rika Takahashi

Proposing a fishcake shape

| 27 October 2011 Kamaboko is a type of Japanese fishcake with a distinctive loaf shape, usually served sliced thin with dipping sauce such as soy sauce and wasabi or as a topping for noodles. It is also the shape of the newly proposed ILC tunnel design for an Asian mountain site. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , ,

ILC detector R&D in Japan stays strong

| 22 September 2011 During the kick-off meeting for the global R&D programme of ILC detectors in Japan, roughly 60 scientists from all over the world gathered to discuss plans towards and beyond the Detailed Baseline Design Report and enjoyed visiting one of the two Japanese candidate sites for the ILC in Tohoku area. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , ,

Welcome back, PCMAG!

| 25 August 2011 The superconducting magnet PCMAG came back to KEK on 10 August after four years of use in an experiment at the DESY test beam facility. PCMAG, which stands for persistent-current superconducting magnet, will be upgraded to be a coolant-free magnet. Category: Feature | Tagged: ,

How to keep cavities blemish-free

| 14 July 2011 Worrying about blemishes on the skin is not just an issue for people who pursue personal physical beauty, but also for accelerator scientists. Scientists and engineers at KEK have found a way to deal with unwanted stains on the inner surface of superconducting cavities, which might be one of the causes of performance limitation. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , ,

A recovering northeast Japan turns its sights to the ILC

| 23 June 2011 As the region around Tohoku University recovers from the March earthquake and regains its footing, scientists there look forward to rejoining ILC research efforts, and the local government highlights the ways recovery could be facilitated by bringing the ILC to Iwate prefecture. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , ,

SLAC scientists recover their systems at ATF

| 9 June 2011 Janice Nelson and Glen White from SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in the US are the first overseas scientists to visit KEK after the earthquake. Category: Feature | Tagged: , ,

Checkout of ATF starts with test beam

| 2 June 2011 On 26 May, a first test beam steered through the linac of the Accelerator Test Facility at KEK, Japan, with the same energy as before the March 2011 earthquake. Engineers are now working on the magnet alignment at the beam transportation line. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , ,

Shin-ichi Kurokawa awarded Rolf Widerøe Prize

| 26 May 2011 Shin-ichi Kurokawa is a mover and shaker in the world of accelerator physics, both excelling in science and effectively bringing the community together to form strong, productive relationships. The European Physical Society has recognized Kurokawa's accomplishments, awarding him the Rolf Widerøe Prize. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , ,

KEK continues to work for the ILC

| 7 April 2011 Atsuto Suzuki, director general of KEK in Tsukuba, Japan, states that despite the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on 11 March, no changes have been made to KEK’s ILC-related plans. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , ,

KEK earthquake report

| 17 March 2011 As many people in the world already know, Japan is currently dealing with its worst disaster: Japan's biggest earthquake on record and the fourth largest in history. Thousands of lives have been lost. Tens of thousands people are forced to evacuate and live without basic necessities. Hundreds of thousands are still missing. Category: Feature | Tagged: , ,
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