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Political progress

| 28 January 2016 In a few weeks and for the first time, Japanese and US politicians will sit down together, in public, with the ILC a prominent topic of debate. Though the outcome of the forum may not be immediately visible, Mike Harrison, Associate Director for the International Linear Collider in the Linear Collider Collaboration, is looking forward to the event. Many things are in motion below the surface, he says, and it’s one more step on the way to the realisation of a linear collider.

The Golden State of Linear Colliders

| 14 January 2016 As demonstrated again by the Tesla Technology Collaboration meeting last month at SLAC National Laboratory, no other future particle physics project has ever been so well understood both technologically and from the industrial mass production side than the ILC, reports European Regional Director Brian Foster. Foster also attended a one-off meeting with key players in plasma-wave acceleration - another possible collider for the future - where superconducting radiofrequency acceleration may also play a vital role. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: ,

LHC Run-2 results to point the way

| 10 December 2015 Phil Burrows, acting Associate Director for the Compact Linear Collider Study in the Linear Collider Collaboration, says the linear collider community should be prepared for new results from the LHC over the course of the coming years, with the first to be announced next week. They will help us decide which future path we should take. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , , ,

Trailguides in difficult terrain: the Physics and Detector Advisory Panel (PDAP)

| 25 November 2015 Hitoshi Yamamoto, Associate Director for Physics and Detectors in the Linear Collider Collaboration, is happy to announce that a new, lightweight panel to oversee physics and detector activities has been formed and met for the first time at this year’s linear collider workshop. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , ,

Collider facts

| 12 November 2015 In Whistler, British Columbia, some two hundred physicists gathered to the annual Linear Collider Workshop. As the last speaker of the meeting, I tried to summarise the status of various collider options currently under discussion. In particular, I tried to clarify their readiness and timelines. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , , ,

Future colliders

| 29 October 2015 Frank words from the Americas Regional Director Harry Weerts: decisions about global science projects aren’t taken by scientists. They are taken by politicians. The world’s roadmaps for the future of particle physics may recommend a linear collider in Japan, but it also needs to find its way into the world’s science budgets in order to proceed. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , , ,

Elementary – an award for thorough detective work

| 15 October 2015 European Regional Director Brian Foster is very pleased that this years’ Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to two particle physicists. Neutrinos had long been a complete puzzle, and the (improbable but true) discovery that they oscillate is an excellent example of the importance of experiments. The ILC can continue this tradition. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , ,

SRF Technology getting ready for the ILC: A Report from Whistler

| 1 October 2015 Reporting almost live from Whistler, Canada, Akira Yamamoto says progress is impressive. The conference SRF 2015 covered the latest advances in the science, technology, and applications of superconducting RF, including leading SRF accelerator projects, such as European XFEL, the European Spallation Source, FRIB, and the LCLS-II project. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , ,

Study on technical feasibility

| 17 September 2015 The Japanese consultant Nomura Research Institute is about to embark on a world tour to visit labs around the world and industrial production sites for accelerator components. They are working on a study about the technical feasibility of the ILC and ways to reduce cost. They may be coming to a lab near you! Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The Summary Report explained

| 3 September 2015 Sachio Komamiya is the chair of the Linear Collider Board, the oversight committee for ILC and CLIC. In today’s guest corner, he explains what the recent “Summary Report” for a Japanese advisory panel means for the project. It’s good news, he says, and urges the community to demonstrate the need for the next big machine. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , ,
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