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Strategy for linear colliders

| 22 August 2013 It has been another summer with discussions about future strategies for international particle physics. After work on the European Strategy last summer, the US strategy is on the table this summer. For the linear collider work the strategy processes have been positive, reports Steinar Stapnes, Associate Director for CLIC in the Linear Collider Collaboration. Researchers are closely following decisions being made in Japan. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , ,

Snowmass on the Mississippi in Minneapolis

| 8 August 2013 Waiting for his plane after an intense and productive Snowmass meeting with more than 700 participants in Minneapolis, Hitoshi Murayama reports that the scientific opportunities and aspirations discussed at the meeting seem to lead to basic community consensus. The hunt for the identity of the Higgs adds momentum. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , , ,

The challenge of technology

| 25 July 2013 Now that the ILC Technical Design Report is published, does it mean the design is frozen? In this corner, ILC Director Mike Harrison explains how maintaining the technical flexibility to obtain the maximum benefit from ILC R&D and other current projects is both a challenge and a necessity, especially for major cost drivers like the ILC cryomodules. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , , ,

Steering the direction of US high-energy physics

| 11 July 2013 For the realisation of a linear collider, a significant contribution from the United States is essential. A critical step is that the project is positively included in the US strategy for high-energy physics. The long community planning process – the so-called Snowmass process – will end in a final report to be released at the end of September. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , , , ,

Moving from emotions to negotiations

| 27 June 2013 Physics isn’t usually associated with big emotions, and in the everyday life at the labs this is probably true. However, our field has recently had many momentous events, and the excitement these have caused have made particle physics one of the most popular science topics in the world. Let’s use this momentum to get ahead in our plan to build the ILC – maybe in stages and in Japan? Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , ,

The Global Design Effort completes its mandate in style and substance

| 13 June 2013 The Global Design Effort has completed its mandate to produce a technical design for the ILC. Yesterday’s official handover of the Technical Design Report to ICFA was the culmination of a celebratory three continent event this week. The discovery of the Higgs particle at the LHC at CERN, the production of a viable design for a complementary electron-positron linear collider and the interest of the Japanese in hosting this machine combine to greatly encourage our communities’ hopes and dreams of building the ILC. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , , , ,

The ECFA LC2013 workshop

| 30 May 2013 The European Linear Collider workshop, taking place in Hamburg from 27 to 31 May, coincides with very many important strategic processes at Japan, Europe and US, all of them nourished by the optimistic results from the LHC. Juan Fuster, chair of the workshop programme committee, explains the scientific and political context of the meeting. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , , , , ,

Strategies and realities

| 16 May 2013 The European Strategy for Particle Physics is expected to be adopted by the CERN Council end May. The physics potential of future linear colliders is well recognised in the Strategy statements. As global projects have cross-regional consequences, this strategy could have a wide impact in and beyond Europe. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , ,

Demonstrating the ILC final focus parameters

| 2 May 2013 A key feature of the ILC is that it is a single-pass machine. In contrast to a circular accelerator, where the beam goes around many times, the ILC beams pass through each accelerator element only once, including the interaction point. For the accelerator, this means that for each accelerating module, the machine must be very efficient at transferring wall power into the machine beam, with the added requirement that the final beam must emerge with very low emittance so that it can be focused to the very tiny beam spot required to achieve high luminosity. The ATF-2 at KEK is a special test beam line that has been built to demonstrate the ability to achieve ILC-like namometre beam spots and stabilise them. Recent tests have demonstrated beam spots that are within a factor of two of the ILC design and promise to improve in the future. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , ,

Dream for humankind

| 18 April 2013 On 27 March, LCC Director Lyn Evans paid a courtesy visit to Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who said a linear collider was a dream for humankind. Deputy Director Hitoshi Murayama also attended the meeting and explains why this moment was very special for him. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , ,
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