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Fresh funding for technical detector prototypes

| 3 September 2015 Detector R&D for future projects has just received a boost in Germany. Six universities are receiving some 1.8 million Euros from the German ministry of education and research (BMBF) for the next three years – twice the amount that was available before. The project will concentrate on improving the time projection chamber for the ILD detector, one of the two planned ILC detector concepts, and the hadronic calorimeter based on SiPMs. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , , , , ,

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: , , , , ,

From symmetry: Q&A: New director-general of KEK

25 June 2015 At a recent symposium about the proposed International Linear Collider, Symmetry chatted with Masanori Yamauchi, the new director-general of KEK, Japan’s high-energy accelerator research organization. Yamauchi, who received his PhD in physics at the University of Tokyo, has been at the laboratory for more than 30 years.

The European XFEL – helping pave the way for the ILC

| 11 June 2015 The European XFEL at DESY, Germany, will be a brilliant light source for a broad range of fundamental research in all areas of science – but it is also the first great mass production of the so-called TESLA technology. The ILC community is thus watching the construction of the European XFEL very closely. 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: , , , , , , , , , ,

Future large colliders in Asia – a personal perspective

| 28 May 2015 With the discovery of the Higgs particle at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in July 2012, after more than 50 years of searching, particle physics has finally entered the era of the Higgs, and the door for human beings to understand the unknown part of the Universe is wide open, says Jie Gao from IHEP in Beijing, China. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , , ,

From TRIUMF: Tokyo Gathering Reaffirms Case for the ILC

14 May 2015 At the ILC Tokyo Symposium, held on April 22, 2015 at the Ito International Hall in Tokyo, Japan, members of the Linear Collider Collaboration (LCC) issued a statement confirming their conviction of the scientific justification for a prompt realization of the International Linear Collider (ILC). The event included more than 300 global participants from the Asian Linear Collider Workshop (ALCW) 2015, members of the high-energy physics community, government officials, ambassadors and members of the press.

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: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

From Fermilab Today: Superconducting test accelerator achieves first electron beam

2 April 2015 Fermilab's advanced superconducting test accelerator was built to take advantage of SRF technology accelerator research and development. Last week, after more than seven years of planning and building by scientists and engineers, the accelerator has delivered its first beam. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , ,
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