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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: , ,

Many small klystrons for operability and flexibility

| 10 February 2011 Scientists at KEK in Japan are currently developing a 'distributed radiofrequency system' for delivering radiofrequency power to the ILC accelerating cavities. An alternative solution to the 'klystron cluster scheme', this powering method accommodates the ILC’s new one-tunnel design. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , , , ,

Is accelerator research useful?

| 27 January 2011 There is a question almost always asked when talking about science - “OK, this is interesting. But is it useful for something?” Not too many scientists working on basic science are good at answering this question. “Dr. Masatoshi Koshiba sometimes says that the neutrino, his main research subject, is not useful at all. Well, a Nobel laureate could say that, but not us. I try to talk more about useful accelerators these days,” said Atsuto Suzuki, the Director General of KEK, at a symposium held in Kyoto, Japan, in November, which was organised by the Advanced Accelerator Association promoting science and technology (AAA). Category: Around the World | Tagged: , ,
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