Barry Barish | 17 July 2008High-energy physics lost a giant in our field - and I lost a very good personal friend - when Yoji Totsuka, the former Director General of KEK, died of cancer at the age of 66 last week. I would like to pay special tribute to a great scientist and wonderful human being.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: Japan, KEK
Barry Barish | 10 July 2008One of the most difficult and tricky issues for the Global Design Effort in carrying out our design work is how to approach the siting issue for the ILC before proposals are actually solicited for hosting the machine. Conventional facilities are a major part of the project, accounting for almost one third of the total costs. Therefore, in order to bring as much reality to our reference design as possible, we asked for and studied three "sample sites," one from each region.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: CFS, conventional facilities and siting, Dubna, ILC site, JINR, Russia
Barry Barish | 3 July 2008From 9 to 12 June, the Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw, Poland, together with the Institute of Nuclear Studies hosted a workshop under the mandate of the European Committee for Future Accelerators (ECFA) to discuss the physics and detectors for a linear collider.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: ECFA, ILC-ECFA, Poland, Warsaw University
Barry Barish | 12 June 2008On Thursday, 29 May, the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel held its spring meeting in Washington, DC. The entire meeting was devoted to the presentation and discussion of the anxiously awaited report "US Particle Physics: Scientific Opportunities: A Strategic Plan for the Next Ten Years," by the Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel, or P5.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: HEPAP, P5 panel, P5 report, United States
Barry Barish | 5 June 2008Last week we reported on the beginning of our important experimental programme on electron cloud effects, using the Cornell Electron Storage Ring (CESR) accelerator at Cornell University. This is one of our highest-priority R&D goals during the ILC Technical Design Phase 1 (TDP-1) and is aimed at understanding the magnitude of the problem for the ILC positron damping rings and the effectiveness of our proposed mitigation techniques.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: CesrTA, Cornell University, damping ring, electron cloud, TDP-1, Technical Design Phase