Rika Takahashi | 25 August 2011The superconducting magnet PCMAG came back to KEK on 10 August after four years of use in an experiment at the DESY test beam facility. PCMAG, which stands for persistent-current superconducting magnet, will be upgraded to be a coolant-free magnet.
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25 August 2011Results from the ATLAS and CMS collaborations, presented at the biennial Lepton-Photon conference in Mumbai, India, show that the elusive Higgs particle, if it exists, is running out of places to hide.
Category: Feature | Tagged: Higgs, Lepton Photon Symposium, LHC
11 August 2011How can a low-energy experiment like SLAC’s PEP II B Factory, originally built to investigate differences between matter and antimatter and no longer even taking data, compete with a monster matter masher like the LHC that was built, in a large part, to find the Higgs?
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Leah Hesla | 11 August 2011The R&D of industry is as vital to the ILC project as research performed in the laboratory. The Global Design Effort has formed close relationships with multiple industry vendors, fostering innovation and reducing costs.
Category: Feature | Tagged: GDE, GDE Project Managers, industry
28 July 2011Physicists could be on their way to discovering the Higgs boson, if it exists, by next year. Scientists in two experiments at the Large Hadron Collider pleasantly surprised attendees at the European Physical Society conference this afternoon by both showing small hints of what could be the prized particle in the same area.
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Rika Takahashi | 14 July 2011Worrying about blemishes on the skin is not just an issue for people who pursue personal physical beauty, but also for accelerator scientists. Scientists and engineers at KEK have found a way to deal with unwanted stains on the inner surface of superconducting cavities, which might be one of the causes of performance limitation.
Category: Feature | Tagged: electropolishing, KEK, Kyoto camera, superconducting cavity
7 July 2011I got involved in particle accelerators as a graduate student because I wanted to work in an area that had the potential to have a positive impact on people’s lives in 10 to 20 years. Near the end of my PhD studies, I attended a talk by Herman Winick, who introduced the audience to synchrotron radiation sources and the research going on at the SPEAR ring at what is now the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, SSRL.