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ILC starts at 500 GeV and goes down in energy

| 25 June 2015 The default collision of the energy of the ILC has always been 500 GeV with promises of an upgrade to 1000 GeV. A while ago, alternative scenarios of a staged ILC that would start at 250 GeV and ramp to 500 GeV later were discussed. All scenarios were evaluated in the community and Hitoshi Murayama reports on the result: the ILC would start at 500 GeV, then go down to lower energies before possibly receiving an upgrade to even higher ones. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , , , ,

Japanese diet members go to Washington

| 11 June 2015 Japanese and US officials as well as representatives from the physics community met in Washington, D.C. to discuss how Japan and the US can work together toward the realisation of the ILC. Americas Regional Director Harry Weerts reports. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , , ,

Field trip to a model lab

| 28 May 2015 A delegation from Kesen-Numa City, from Japan, led by the Mayor Mr. Shigeru Sugawara, visited CERN and the area around it from 18 to 20 May. The group consisted of 16 representatives from the city's Council, the Commercial and Industry Association, the Board of Education, the Reconstruction and Policy Planning Division and many other official bodies. They visited CERN to gather information on how a working laboratory functions and what it needs. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , , ,

LHC commissioning continues in spite of obstacles

| 14 May 2015 After almost two years of major work on the machine and its detectors, the Large Hadron Collider is in the middle of the so-called commissioning phase. During the roughly two months of commissioning, the operators check out every little system in the large complex that is the LHC. LCC Director and former LHC project leader Lyn Evans watches and learns from the sidelines. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , ,

Bright lights, big city – the ILC comes to town

| 30 April 2015 The organisers arranged a special “Tokyo Event”, to highlight the benefits of the ILC to Japanese society. More than 400 politicians, industry, media and workshop participants heard about the Tokyo Statement, Japanese demographics and followed a panel discussion that included the claim that physicists come across as ignorant. Mike Harrison sums up his impressions. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

April in Paris

| 16 April 2015 For the first Programme Advisory Committee meeting of the Linear Collider Collaboration, experts from all over the world gathered in France to review the status of the LCC and progress since the completion of the Technical Design Report in 2013. The committee was impressed by the progress both on the machine and the detectors. Brian Foster, European Director in the LCC, reports about the details. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , ,

The CLIC workshop: a summary of results

| 2 April 2015 The annual CLIC workshop took place at CERN in January. The well attended meeting covered accelerator, detector and physics studies and highlighted a year of interesting results for CLIC, Steinar Stapnes, Associate Director for the Compact Linear Collider Study in the Linear Collider Collaboration, explains.

Updating the physics case for the ILC

| 19 March 2015 The physics case of the ILC boils down to three main points, says Hitoshi Yamamoto, Director for Physics and Detectors in the Linear Collider Collaboration. A physics case is a scientific justification based on studies and theory. And while the case for the linear collider has been made many times, the LC physics community thinks that it is now much clearer. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , , , ,

Towards global political support

| 5 March 2015 Who are the counterparts to the Japanese Federation of Diet members in support of the ILC? What are the timescales for other future collider projects like FCC and the muon collider? LCC Deputy Director Hitoshi Murayama says the physics community should stay focused, consistent, and strategically uniform if it wants to convince decision makers to support the ILC. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , ,

Evaluating technology spinoffs from ILC in Japan, and visits to Americas

| 19 February 2015 A group of Japanese researchers is on a world tour of research institutes. They are working on a study of the technological and economic spin-offs of the ILC project and trends in research around the world in the fields of particle and nuclear fields, commissioned by Japanese funding agency MEXT. Harry Weerts, LCC Director for the Americas, reports from their visit to the US. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , ,
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