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China’s strategy on next-generation high-energy electron-positron colliders discussed

| 27 June 2013 From 12 to 14 June, the 464th Fragrant Hill Science Conference on “The Next-generation High Energy Electron Positron Collider - Current Situation and Future Strategy” was held in the Beijing Fragrant Hill Hotel. Thirty-five front-line scientists from theoretical physics, experimental physics, detectors and accelerators from eleven institutes in China joined the conference. Scientists reviewed the achievements of high-energy-frontier experiments and current research programmes on particle physics both at home and abroad. They also discussed China's strategy for the next-generation high-energy electron-positron colliders. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , ,

From symmetry magazine: International Linear Collider design is ‘good to go’

27 June 2013 At a series of events held on three continents, scientists celebrated the completion of the design for a next-generation particle collider, the International Linear Collider.

Setting the course for European particle physics

| 30 May 2013 On 30 May, at a special meeting hosted by the European Commission in Brussels, the CERN Council formally adopted the update of the European Strategy for Particle Physics. This strategy sets the course for the future of this research field in Europe, making recommendations for projects and research sectors to be pursued with priority, both the near-term and the long-term future. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , , ,

Hiking like an electron

| 30 May 2013 Hiking for charity can be a bit like particle acceleration, say three DESY scientist who walked an Oxfam Trailwalk in Japan in May. Beta functions, final focus, samurais and a shrouded Mount Fuji were all part of their two-day adventure. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , ,

From SLAC today: SLAC’s historic ‘End Station A’ hosts electron beams again

2 May 2013 Electrons are once again streaming into SLAC's historic End Station A, setting the stage for a new user facility in the huge, concrete hall where the first evidence for quarks was discovered. Fed by billion-particle bunches of high-energy electrons diverted from the linear accelerator supply to the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), the new beamline, called the End Station Test Beam (ESTB), will initially host three types of experiments: General beam physics and machine-detector interface studies for the proposed International Linear Collider and Compact Linear Collider, radiation hardness tests on detector components and R&D for high-energy physics detectors, which will use secondary particles created when the main beam hits a target. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , ,

Good signal, little noise

| 18 April 2013 A concept to save space and power for future particle detectors called power pulsing has recently been tested and proven to work on one of the possible calorimeter options for the future ILC detectors. The silicon-tungsten electromagnetic calorimeter prototype took data in test beam and magnet at the German lab DESY. The project is currently run by groups from France and Japan. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , , , , ,

Japanese science minister mentions ILC in press conference

| 7 February 2013 On Friday, 18 January, Hakubun Shimomura, Japan’s Minister of MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology), the funding agency for Japan’s high-energy physics programme, stated Japan’s intention to invite the ILC in the regular press conference after the cabinet meeting, responding to a question from the press about the government’s standpoint to the ILC project. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , ,

Shin-ichi Kurokawa awarded Chinese top prize

| 7 February 2013 Shin-ichi Kurokawa, world-famous Japanese particle accelerator expert and promoter of the ILC, has made great efforts in promoting the personnel exchanges and cooperative researches between Japan and China. Last month, he received a third award in China, the International Science and Technology Cooperation Award, in recognition of his great contribution and dedication to China’s accelerator science development. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , ,

DEPFET active pixel detectors for the linear collider

24 January 2013 The DEPFET structure is one of the candidate technologies for the creation of the most transparent pixelated detector in history. Originally developed for the ILC's predecessor TESLA and a firm candidate for the ILC experiments, it has been selected as the baseline technology for the Belle-II experiment in Japan, a shining example of technology transfer in high-energy physics. In a paper submitted to IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science the collaboration reviews its recent progress in the light of the challenging vertex detector requirements of a linear electron-positron collider at the energy frontier. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , ,

Asian collaboration on ILC superconducting radiofrequency technologies

| 24 January 2013 When the New Year’s bell was still echoing in the air, physicists from China and Japan gathered in Beijing to attend the fifth IHEP-KEK collaboration meeting on 1.3-GHz superconducting radiofrequency (SRF) technology which was held at the Institute of High Energy Physics (IHEP), Chinese Academy of Sciences from 7 to 8 January 2013. Six high-energy accelerator experts from KEK and Kyoto University and nearly twenty physicists from IHEP participated. Category: Around the World | Tagged: ,
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