Barbara Warmbein | 16 May 2013What’s the next step in particle colliders? Symmetry takes a trip into the kitchen pantry to find out. Don't miss the video that (nearly) explains it all, using the analogy of protons vs cherry pies that was first brought by Hitoshi Murayama, deputy director of the Linear Collider Collaboration, during a recent press conference. Enjoy!
Category: Feature | Tagged: fun, LHC
21 March 2013Geneva, 14 March 2013. At the Moriond Conference today, the ATLAS and CMS collaborations at CERN1’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) presented preliminary new results that further elucidate the particle discovered last year. Having analysed two and a half times more data than was available for the discovery announcement in July, they find that the new particle is looking more and more like a Higgs boson, the particle linked to the mechanism that gives mass to elementary particles. It remains an open question, however, whether this is the Higgs boson of the Standard Model of particle physics, or possibly the lightest of several bosons predicted in some theories that go beyond the Standard Model. Finding the answer to this question will take time.
Category: Feature | Tagged: CERN, Higgs boson
21 February 2013Vancouver, 21 February 2013. The two most mature future particle physics projects, the International Linear Collider (ILC) and the Compact Linear Collider study (CLIC), have formed an official organisational partnership today. As the newly founded Linear Collider Collaboration, they will coordinate and advance the global development work for the linear collider, a global project to complement the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN and ultimately understand the deepest secrets of the universe.
Category: Feature | Tagged: CLIC, directorate, ICFA, ILC, Linear Collider Board, Linear Collider Collaboration
24 January 2013We invite you to sign the Detailed Baseline Design (DBD) report of the ILC detectors, which now exists as a nearly final draft. It summarises the R&D achievements of the ILC Letter-of-Intent period. The contents reflect the many contributions of very many collaborators. While this draft is undergoing minor revision following the recent review by the International Detector Advisory Group (IDAG) and the ILC Project Advisory Committee, it is almost in the final form. A list of signatories will be included in the report. We wish to include those who contributed already in any way or who wish to join the activity in the next stage. We also would like to include names of anyone who supports advancing further the world ILC effort.
Category: Feature | Tagged: detailed baseline design, Technical Design Report
10 January 2013[caption id="attachment_25486" align="alignright" width="300"] Sachio Komamiya of the University of Tokyo appointed as a chair of the new Linear Collider Board , which will promote and oversee the development of a linear collider and its detectors as a world-wide collaborative project.[/caption] Pier Oddone, the Chair of the International Committee for Future Accelerators (ICFA) announced yesterday the membership of the new Linear Collider Board (LCB), which as a sub-panel of ICFA will promote and oversee the development of a linear collider and its detectors as a world-wide collaborative project. The recently appointed Linear Collider Director, Lyn Evans, will report to the LCB. The LCB member are: Chair - Sachio Komamiya (University of Tokyo) Americas - Jonathan Bagger (Johns Hopkins University) - The Fermilab Director (currently Pier Oddone) - David MacFarlane (SLAC) - Lia Merminga (TRIUMF) - Hugh Montgomery (Jefferson Lab) Asia - Jie Gao (IHEP, Beijing) - Rohini Godbole (Indian Institute of Science) - Sunkee Kim (RISP) - Atsuto Suzuki (KEK) - Yifang Wang (IHEP, Beijing) Europe - The CERN Director-General (currently Rolf Heuer) - The DESY Director of Particle Physics (currently Joachim Mnich) - Francois Le Diberder (IN2P3) - The JINR Director (currently Victor Matveev) - Lenny Rivkin (PSI)
Category: Feature | Tagged: ICFA, Linear Collider Board, Linear Collider Collaboration
20 December 2012Tokyo, 15 December. The draft of the Technical Design Report (TDR) for the planned International Linear Collider ILC was handed over to Jonathan Bagger, the chair of the International Linear Collider Steering Committee (ILCSC), at an official ceremony in Tokyo, Japan, on 15 December. This draft is the product of many years of research and development and a series of in-depth technical reviews for the ILC, the potential next-generation particle collider to complement and advance beyond the physics of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. The handing over of the TDR draft marks the ILC's major step towards the completion of its final design.
Category: Feature | Tagged: ILCSC, Japan, milestone, TDR
Barbara Warmbein | 21 November 2012An industrial study commissioned by the Global Design Effort in collaboration with experts from CERN gives a clearer picture of how cryomodules for the ILC could be mass-produced by industry. The study, whose results were recently presented at a meeting between accelerator experts from different labs. A similar study has looked at cavity serial production. One of the scientists leading the cryomodule study, Vittorio Parma from CERN, was the driving force behind the cryostat assembly for 2000 cryomagnets for CERN’s Large Hadron Collider between 2003 and 2008 and thus predestined to lend his experience to the project.
Category: Feature | Tagged: CEA Saclay, CERN, cryomodule, European XFEL, industrialisation, serial production
21 November 2012Pier Oddone reports from the latest meeting of FALC at Fermilab. "It is a particularly interesting time for this organization with the discovery at CERN of a Higgs-like particle and the statements by the Japanese high-energy physics community of their strong desire to host the International Linear Collider in Japan. While the Japanese government has not issued a formal statement inviting the world to help Japan build this global facility, the ILC clearly enjoys strong political support in Japan, where it is part of a broader effort to create a new global city. It is natural in the interim for our Japanese colleagues to seek support from the rest of the world, which would help convince their government to go ahead with such a project."
Category: Feature | Tagged: FALC