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A trip down main linac lane

| 13 September 2012 A team at DESY has created a complete virtual-reality three-dimensional ILC. They have combined information from various computer-aided design systems and about all areas of the ILC together in one model that you can now walk through. This model can highlight problems before they become costly and is a great motivator for the owners of the individual systems. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , , , , , ,

From CERN Courier: ECLOUD12 sheds light on electron clouds

6 September 2012 A recent workshop reviewed the latest experiences with the phenomenon of electron clouds at the LHC and other accelerators. Electron clouds – abundantly generated in accelerator vacuum chambers by residual-gas ionization, photoemission and secondary emission – can affect the operation and performance of hadron and lepton accelerators in a variety of ways. They can induce increases in vacuum pressure, beam instabilities, beam losses, emittance growth, reductions in the beam lifetime or additional heat loads on a (cold) chamber wall. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , ,

ILC positron target benefits from Chinese technology

| 2 August 2012 A group of Chinese scientists, headed by Xuejun Jia from the Institute of Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, recently finished the design of the remote handling of the ILC positron target. The target forms part of the positron source and is the place where positrons are produced and then accelerated before they collide with their antiparticles, the electrons. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , ,

From Fermilab Today: ICFA and ILCSC in Melbourne

19 July 2012 The International Linear Collider Steering Committee and the International Committee for Future Accelerators met recently in Melbourne in conjunction with ICHEP2012. ICFA chair and Fermilab Director Pier Oddone reports in his Director's Corner in the 17 July issue of Fermilab Today on the new organisation of the linear collider efforts, the timelines and responsibilities. There's also a call for nominees for the new Linear Collider Board. Category: Feature | Tagged: ,

The vision to invite the ILC laid out

| 12 July 2012 On 10 July, governors, industrial leaders, and local officials of Japan’s northeastern area got together to attend a general meeting of the Tohoku Advanced Science and Technology Study Group. In the northeastern part of Japan, or Tohoku, activities towards inviting the ILC to the area has been intensified ever since the ILC was positioned as one of the promising means to recover from the disastrous earthquake occurred last year. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , ,

#Higgs on the web

5 July 2012 This is a small collection of interesting links to background information, facts, figures and international sites all about the Higgs. It makes no attempt to be comprehensive, but readers are encouraged to use the commenting function to add their favourite sites. From CERN: A big collection of background texts, videos and interviews Ten fun and little-known facts about the Higgs from symmetry magazine Peter Higgs in the spotlight: an exclusive interview by physics world Fermilab Higgs FAQs Fermilab video of Don Lincoln explaining the mechanism Higgs background information in German from www.weltmaschine.de Big questions in Japanese Higgs pages in French on lhc-france.fr/higgs Linear Collider Higgs talk at ICHEP Live blogging from ICHEP and an archive of blog posts from the CERN seminar on www.quantumdiaries.org And from our own ILC NewsLine: Scientific justification for the ILC Articulating the physics case for the ILC Is the Higgs enough? The impact of ILC detector R&D Higgs makes for exotic couples

The Higgs is Different

| 5 July 2012 The Higgs is Different, says Jonathan Bagger, a theoretical physicist and chair of the International Linear Collider Steering Committee ILCSC. It has no spin, it fills the vacuum, but most importantly, it opens the door to a new range of questions. Questions which a linear collider with its clean and controlled collisions could help answer. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , , , , , ,

Make no assumptions

| 5 July 2012 The LHC experiments are definitely homing in on a Higgs boson in a mass region somewhere around 126 GeV. Further studies and more data from the LHC will tell us more about what it is that they have found, but only a linear collider will be able to tell without prejudice whether it’s a Standard Model Higgs (or not) and determine its mass with a precision down to about 60 MeV. Here’s how. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , , , , ,

From Fermilab Today: ICFA appoints Lyn Evans as first Linear Collider Director

21 June 2012 The International Committee on Future Accelerators (ICFA) has now taken the next significant step towards unification of the ILC Global Design Effort and the Compact Linear Collider organisation. It has appointed CERN's Lyn Evans to be the overall leader for the combined linear collider programmes. ICFA chair Pier Oddone comments. Category: Feature | Tagged: ,

From ICFA : Lyn Evans appointed as Linear Collider Director

21 June 2012 The international effort to design the world’s next major particle collider has a new leader. On 20 May 2012, the International Committee for Future Accelerators announced the appointment of CERN's Lyn Evans as the new Linear Collider Director. Evans is the first to hold the new position, which will lead the Linear Collider organisation created to bring two existing large-scale linear collider programmes under one governance. He will be based at CERN. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , ,
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