Barry Barish | 11 December 2008The spirit of new ideas that prevailed at the ICFA meeting continued into the ILCSC meeting where Hirotaka Sugawara, former director general of KEK, Japan, presented a different approach towards the ILC. He suggested building a lower-energy gamma-gamma machine as a first step towards the ILC. The ILCSC is now evaluating the pros and cons of this idea.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: gamma-gamma collider
Barry Barish | 4 December 2008Visionary thinkers converged at SLAC for an ICFA Seminar (International Committee for Future Accelerators) on possible future projects for particle physics during the last week in October.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: ICFA, SLAC
Barry Barish | 20 November 2008Edoardo Amaldi was one of the giants who shaped our field... In fact, his impact on physics and society was far broader than his contributions to particle physics alone: they also include his scientific contributions and leadership in nuclear physics, gravitational wave research and astrophysics.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: Amaldi, Italy, University of Rome
Barry Barish | 6 November 2008As we move forward in the Technical Design Phase, a new review process is being developed with two principle elements: a primarily internal review process for ongoing in-depth technical reviews and an external review process for accountability and high-level reviewing. Our external reviewers who report to the International Linear Collider Steering Committee (ILCSC), the Project Advisory Committee (PAC) chaired by Jean-Eudes Augustin, held their first meeting in Paris in early October and have now released their first report.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: PAC, Project Advisory Committee
Barry Barish | 23 October 2008The ILC Global Design Effort is structured around a regional organisation, where we have regional directors, a regionally supported common fund. We rotate our more general meetings between Asian, the Americas and Europe. It is equally important that we carry out coherent regional technical programmes, and regional technical meetings are an important step in that direction.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: Asia, ATF2, CCAST workshop, China, ILC R&D seminar, Korea