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Full ILC-type cryomodule makes the grade

| 16 October 2014 All eight cavities in an ILC-type cryomodule achieved the accelerating gradient specified for the International Linear Collider earlier this month. The cryomodule, CM2, was developed and assembled to advance superconducting radio-frequency technology and infrastructure at Americas-region laboratories. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , ,

What does the P5 report mean for the International Linear Collider?

| 21 August 2014 The 2014 P5 report makes provisions for significant US participation in the ILC construction, should the project move forward. The particle physics community recognises the imperative for US participation in the project to maintain its leadership position in high-energy physics. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , ,

From ICFA: International committee looks toward a global future of particle physics discoveries

24 July 2014 A global strategy for particle physics is taking shape, one world region at a time. Featuring colliders that smash particles at higher energies than ever before, and gigantic experiments to study the smallest components of matter, this future will lead to breakthrough discoveries at facilities around the globe. Category: Feature | Tagged: ,

How small can you go?

| 19 June 2014 The world’s smallest ever beam size of 55 nanometres was achieved by the ATF2 facility at KEK, reported Nobuhiro Terunuma at the AWLC workshop held at Fermilab. And what is more, the results are reproducible, which means that for the ILC, a recovery after a short break would be no issue. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , , , ,

From Fermilab Today: International Linear Collider makes progress in siting, R&D

22 May 2014 Last week, members of the Linear Collider Collaboration met at Fermilab to discuss the progress and future of the proposed International Linear Collider, as well as of CERN's Compact Linear Collider, during the Americas Workshop on Linear Colliders. At the workshop, scientists and engineers involved in the ILC discussed both their recent successes and the work still to be done to make the 18-mile-long electron-positron collider a reality. Read more

Loops and legs for ILC

| 1 May 2014 Following in the footsteps of famous thinkers like German poets Goethe and Schiller, a group of scientists has gathered at Weimar, Germany, for the Loops and Legs in Quantum Field Theory conference. They want to improve theoretical calculations, also for ILC studies. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , ,

Cool Japan, cool Kitakami

| 17 April 2014 Sushi, anime, manga, Hello Kitty, and Harajuku fashion…Many aspects of Japanese culture are setting to tone of cool and trendy around the world. Japan’s Iwate prefecture released videos entitled “Cool Kitakami” on 8 April. Composed of four themes – Tourism and Culture, Life, Future and International Linear Collider, these videos introduce how cool it will be to live around the expected site for the ILC to a non-Japanese audience. Don't miss them! Category: Feature | Tagged: , , , ,

Some CLIC with your free-electron laser?

| 6 March 2014 Particle physics has a long tradition of technologies serendipitously making their way into other realms of science or even everyday life. Think of the web or particle detectors for medical diagnostics. The scientists working on the CLIC accelerator, one of the potential successors of the Large Hadron Collider LHC, held a “High Gradient Day” specially targeted at industry during their workshop last week in order to catalyse the transfer of knowledge gathered over years of R&D. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , , ,

The Big ILC Kitakami Iwate Tohoku Glossary

| 20 February 2014 Are you confused yet? Is Kitakami a mountain or a town, a river or a region? What’s “Iwate” and what does it have in common with Sendai? Here’s a glossary to help you understand all those new words and look them up before you go. Oh, and by the way: Kitakami is all of the above and Iwate and Sendai are all in the Tohoku region of Japan… Category: Feature | Tagged: , , , ,

A day in the life of a particle physicist in Kitakami

| 20 February 2014 The life of a particle physicist is the same everywhere in the world one might say. It’s true that the physicist’s work life at the future ILC is easily predictable. Computing and data taking or analysis, meeting with colleagues, tons of coffee and tea, short lunch breaks at the cafeteria (with “electron” and “positron” menus?), preparing for future meetings in the afternoon, plus, for the lucky ones, night shifts for a detector or machine survey. I’m not going to tell you anything new about what you know already. Let me tell you the other side of the story, regarding your afterwork life at the Kitakami site. Put on your most comfy easy-to-take-off shoes – there is much to visit here - and follow me to the Tohoku region. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , , , , , ,
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