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Introducing the new ILC NewsLine

and | 24 March 2011 Welcome to the new ILC Newsline! This is the first issue of a new style, with a modern look and feel, new logo, more cohesive page design and navigation, and added features and functionalities. Take a tour of the renewed ILC Newsline. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged:

To our Japanese colleagues

| 17 March 2011 On behalf of the Global Design Effort for the International Linear Collider, I would like to convey our deepest care and sympathy to the citizens of Japan and to our physics colleagues and collaborators for the tragedy that your country has suffered as a result of the earthquake and tsunami last week. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: ,

FALC discusses future programmes in particle physics

| 10 March 2011 Representatives of particle physics funding agencies worldwide met at SLAC in January in an informal forum called FALC. This provided an opportunity to jointly discuss the worldwide program and plans in particle physics on the eve of the much anticipated next data run at the CERN Large Hadron Collider. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

Preparing for SCRF industrialisation

| 3 March 2011 Developing a realistic plan for cost-effective production of the large number of ILC superconducting cavities and cryomodules is perhaps our most challenging task in preparing for the Technical Design Report. A new round of visits to industry is aimed at informing that effort. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , ,

Progress in the nanometre world

| 24 February 2011 Two periods dedicated to beam tuning and beam size studies at KEK's Accelerator Test Facility ATF2, built to test the ILC's final focus system, have brought researchers a step closer to achieving the ILC's demanding beam parameters. Executive Committee member Toshiaki Tauchi reports on the studies. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , ,

Interim report from the ILC-CLIC general issues group

| 17 February 2011 A freshly released report from the ILC-CLIC working group on general issues summarises general issues and synergies involving a future a linear collider. It also discusses plans for the ILC and CLIC efforts to identify common issues regarding siting, technical issues and project planning. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , ,

A conversation about our future

| 10 February 2011 What is the ILC future programme beyond the Technical Design Report? How does the ILC project move forward if the decision on a linear collider construction project is delayed a few years? These questions and many others were addressed during the last Funding Agencies for Large Colliders meeting held on 22 January at SLAC, US. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , ,

Taking heed of good advice

| 3 February 2011 The most obvious benefit of the seemingly endless series of reviews we undergo comes from the rigours of doing our preparations. But the reviews also serve to validate our work, and perhaps most importantly, the review committees give us good advice in their reports. Last autumn, we had a two-day technical review of the Global Design Effort by the Project Advisory Committee (PAC), a subcommittee of the International Linear Collider Steering Committee (ILCSC). Several recommendations came out of that PAC review that have been quite helpful to us as we prepare to make final decisions on the proposed new baseline configuration for the ILC Technical Design Report (TDR). Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , ,

Common goals

| 27 January 2011 The SLAC BAW was the second and last such workshop of the so-called Top Level Change Control (TLCC) process, which has been going on for the last twelve months. The SLAC BAW focused on the two remaining TLCC themes: a reduced beam-power parameter set and the location and layout of the positron source. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

What did we accomplish last year?

| 20 January 2011 The ILC is still very much a dream and the path to a real project remains highly uncertain, even though the scientific case is as strong as ever and we continue to meet all our highest priority goals. Hopefully, the world political and economic climate will improve before too long and there will once again be receptiveness to major investments in large-scale basic science projects. It is hard to imagine that we have seen the last of such projects; therefore our strategy is to be as prepared as possible to make a strong proposal for a linear collider when the time is right. Keeping that ultimate goal in mind, how are we doing and what did we accomplish in 2010? In fact, in my opinion, last year was a banner year for the Global Design Effort! Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , ,
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