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2018, a milestone year for Higgs factories in Asia

| 1 March 2018 The year 2018 will indeed be a milestone year for both the International Linear Collider ILC and the Circular Electron Positron Collider in China, two complementary Higgs factories. Gao Jie, linear collider researcher and chair of the Asia Linear Collider Steering Committee proposes a historical recall of the two projects.

The CLIC annual workshop highlights technology maturity and increased use ahead of the European Strategy update

and | 1 February 2018 Meeting under the influence: at this year's CLIC workshop, held last week at CERN, participants kicked off preparations for the upcoming update of the European Strategy for Particle Physics. The project also showed its own influence on other projects from LHC upgrades to light sources, plus of course reports from the accelerator and detector developers about latest results from the various challenging R&D projects. Category: Feature | Tagged: , ,

Successful visit to Europe: one big step for ILC realisation

| 1 February 2018 A Japanese delegation of 18 persons – Diet members, government officials, industry leaders, and scientists – toured France and Germany in a four-day visit seeking to strengthen relationships towards ILC realisation. Essential view points from the two countries on investment and timescale were clarified and confirmed with the delegation. The importance to include the ILC into the next European strategy for particle physics was also reaffirmed. Category: Feature, Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , ,

Working together on Linear Collider software tools

and | 14 December 2017 In order to understand particles you need the right software. Analysing the functionality of your detector, predicting how particles interact and how they move through the detector parts and reconstructing what happened during a collision all depend on the right software. This software isn’t available in app or play stores – if you want it, you have to write it yourself. The linear collider community has recently brought its software up to scratch. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , , , , , ,

Congratulations, Barry!

| 14 December 2017 This year’s Nobel Prize was awarded to our colleague, Barry Barish, a former, prominent leader of the linear collider community for many years. Associate Director for Physics and Detectors Jim Brau reports on Barry Barish’s role in the first direct detection of gravitational waves and managing large science projects. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , , , ,

Pandora: opening the box for neutrino experiments

| 16 February 2017 Pattern recognition rules in particle physics. When particles collide, many things happen at the same time and in a very fast sequence within fractions of a second. In order to tell everyday events from rare ones, particle physicists use pattern recognition software to quickly scan and classify pictures from the collisions. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , , , , ,

The Art of Linear Colliders

| 16 February 2017 Every scientist can tell you about the beauty of his or her research. But while a small bump in a curve may delight particle physicists, most people just see a bunch of coloured lines. And the perfection of a complex theoretical model is evident only for a select few. Probably everybody would agree that science has made our world a better place. But who would say that it helps to make our lives more beautiful? Category: Feature | Tagged: , ,

Press statement LCWS2016

8 December 2016 A new management team will lead the Linear Collider Collaboration from January 2017. The members of this team were announced in Morioka, Japan, on Tuesday 6 December at the 2016 Linear Collider Workshop. The term of office for this new team is three years. Category: Feature | Tagged: ,

SiD optimisation group moves towards new detector model after PNNL meeting

| 20 October 2016 SiD, one of the two planned detectors for the ILC, decided at the end of last year to change their simulation and reconstruction framework. At a recent meeting at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in the US the optimisation group got their heads round simulations, detector and physics studies in the new software framework. This is an important step towards SiD's technical design report. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , , , ,

From symmetry: You keep using that physics word

6 October 2016 Physics can often seem inconceivable. It’s a field of strange concepts and special terms. Language often fails to capture what’s really going on within the math and theories. And to make things even more complicated, physics has repurposed a number of familiar English words. Much like Americans in England, folks from beyond the realm of physics may enter to find themselves in a dream within a dream, surrounded by a sea of words that sound familiar but are still somehow completely foreign. Not to worry! Symmetry is here to help guide you with this list of words that acquire a new meaning when spoken by physicists.
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