Barry Barish | 2 October 2008The ILC's beams pass through each accelerating element once before they are directed to collide with the beam travelling in the opposite direction. This poses the two main challenges in the ILC: to achieve a very high gradient in the accelerator in order to make it as short as possible while achieving the desired energy, and to achieve very small beam spots to maximise the probability of collisions by the crossing beams.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: ATF2, beam emittance, beam spot size, KEK
Barry Barish | 4 September 2008The International Conference on High Energy Physics (ICHEP), once affectionately called the Rochester Conference, is considered central in our field. It takes place every second year. This year the meeting was held at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: ICHEP, ICHEP08, overview
Barry Barish | 21 August 2008The Funding Agencies for Large Colliders held their semi-annual meeting in Rome at INFN headquarters on 14 July 2008. The meeting was notable in that it marked the FALC release of their first annual report and the appointment of a new chairperson, Pierre Coulombe.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: FALC, Italy, Rome
Barry Barish | 14 August 2008The modern era in Spanish particle physics was marked by Spain rejoining CERN in 1983, and the country's investments and programme in particle physics have continued to grow and thrive ever since.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: Europe, Spain