Barry Barish | 1 March 2012During a face-to-face working meeting of the Global Design Effort Executive Committee, held in Washington DC last month, invited guests discussed with us how science is supported in the US system, including new project approval, the yearly budget process and the formulation of science policy.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: APS, DOE, OSTP, TDR, US budget
Barry Barish | 16 February 2012There are two very different technical approaches to implementing a future TeV-scale linear collider. The International Linear Collider is based on a superconducting radiofrequency main linac, while the Compact Linear Collider uses a two-beam acceleration concept. How will this lead to a single linear collider project?
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: CLIC, ILC-CLIC collaboration
Barry Barish | 9 February 2012On 19 and 20 January 2012, the third Baseline Technical Review to finalise the Technical Design Report baseline was held at KEK laboratory in Japan. The meeting reviewed the proposed cavity gradient performance, cavity integration, and the main linac integration and interfaces to the ILC conventional facilities, including radiofrequency power, control and interfaces to conventional facilities. A special meeting on superconducting radiofrequency costs followed this meeting on 21 January.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: baseline technical review, btr, KEK, SRF, Superconducting RF, TDR, Technical Design Report
Barry Barish | 5 January 2012A major accomplishment last year was the evaluation and approval of a new ILC baseline that has been more optimised for cost, performance and risk. We are now completing the design details and embarking on producing the ILC Technical Design Report by the end of this year.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: ILC baseline, TDR
Barry Barish | 19 December 2011On behalf of my colleagues worldwide who have been working so hard to develop a design for the International Linear Collider, we enthusiastically welcome the Japanese expression of interest in hosting the ILC. We report in today’s special issue of NewsLine on a special high-level meeting addressing this subject that was held in Japan last week. The Japanese are very strong partners in the technical effort to develop a design for the ILC through the Global Design Effort. The GDE represents a unique global process to develop and make technical decisions for the technical design of such a very large international project through a worldwide organisation developing the design and coordinating the R&D programmes. As we approach our goal of producing a detailed ILC technical design, it is particularly timely and encouraging for us to learn of the Japanese interest in hosting the facility and to follow the unfolding early status reports from the CERN LHC on the Higgs searches.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: ILC hosting, Japan