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Progress Made on ILC Test Area at Fermilab

| 12 January 2006 At Fermilab, the last year was a busy one for the team that gutted out the New Muon and Meson buildings, preparing them to be test areas for the ILC and Proton Driver. Formerly known as the Superconducting Module and Test Facility (SMTF), the renovated space is now called the ILC Test Area (ILCTA -Meson Detector Building and ILCTA-New Muon). At one of Fermilab's weekly All Experimenters' Meetings in November, Paul Czarapata provided an update on the facility. Category: Feature | Tagged: , ,

Change Control Board Moves Forward with Finalizing BCD

5 January 2006 As the Baseline Configuration Document (BCD) becomes semi-stabilized, the canonical mission of the Change Control Board (CCB) is to act as a body to make decisions on important changes to the baseline configuration, if and when necessary. Nobu Toge is assigned to chair this board. Category: Feature | Tagged:

Fermilab’s Garbincius Chairs GDE Design Cost Board

| 5 January 2006 Last month in Frascati, GDE Director Barry Barish announced the establishment of the Design Cost Board with Fermilab's Peter Garbincius as chairperson. The primary role of this board is to oversee the preparation of the Reference Design Report, a document to be developed by the end of 2006, which will include a detailed design and cost estimate for the International Linear Collider. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , ,

Frascati Meeting Concludes with BCD Recommendations and New GDE Structure

| 15 December 2005 Some of the major recommendations discussed at Frascati include the energy upgrade, number of tunnels, curvature of the tunnel and the number of interaction regions. Kaoru Yokoya, a member of the GDE Executive Committee, outlined the recommendations made in the BCD. "The BCD concluded that a 500 GeV tunnel would be built because of its lower first stage cost.", he said. As the current recommendation stands, a 20 km tunnel would be built during the first stage of the project. An upgrade would occur in between the first and second stage of the project, bringing the machine up to an energy of 1 TeV and increasing the length of the tunnel to approximately 40 km. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , ,

Universities Test Prototype Detectors for an ILC Muon System

| 8 December 2005 A group of universities in the United States are currently testing prototype detectors that could be used for a muon system in the International Linear Collider. With the help of some high school students from Quarknet, an educational program that brings students and teachers into the laboratories, the University of Notre Dame completed two of the eight large rectangular planes that make up the prototype detector this past summer. These planes are now undergoing tests and collecting cosmic ray data at Fermilab.

Role of ECFA ILC Study Meetings

| 1 December 2005 On 14-17 November, the European Committee for Future Accelerators (ECFA) sponsored an ILC workshop in Vienna, Austria. François Richard, chairman of the "Organizing Committee ECFA Study of Physics and Detectors for a Linear Collider" and GDE member, explained the purposes of these workshops. Category: Feature | Tagged:

ILC Scientists Organize International School for Linear Colliders

| 17 November 2005 At the Snowmass Workshop, amid the debates over detectors, linac design and costing estimates, a committee organized an accelerator school to recruit new young physicists to join the International Linear Collider collaboration. On 17 August, a nine-person committee chaired by Global Design Effort Director Barry Barish met to start organizing the International School for Linear Colliders. The first global accelerator school to have such a defined focus, the International School for Linear Colliders will be held on 19 May 2006 to 27 May 2006 at Sokendai, the Graduate School for Advanced Studies, in Hayama, Japan, just 70 kilometers south of Tokyo. The committee will accept up to 80 students from around the globe. Category: Feature | Tagged: ,

Petronzio Opens Dialogue Between GDE and FALC

| 10 November 2005 On Friday, 4 November, the Funding Agencies for the Linear Collider (FALC) met at Fermilab. At the meeting, representatives from funding agencies and governments around the world discussed the various issues involved with funding an International Linear Collider. Category: Feature | Tagged: , ,

Four TESLA Cavities Delivered to Fermilab ILC cavity

| 20 October 2005 Four unprocessed TESLA cavities recently arrived at Fermilab for measurements and testing. The 9-cell, 1.3 Ghz cavities, manufactured by ACCEL in Germany, will be used to construct the first U.S. cryomodule for International Linear Collider R&D near the end of 2006. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , ,

ATF – A Unique Facility for Nano-beam

6 October 2005 Traditional circular accelerators around , like LEP and KEKB, accelerate electrons and positrons in rings into opposite directions respectively. A bunch of electrons and another bunch of positrons encounter each other many times in a ring, and consequently have many chances to collide. In the ILC on the other hand, electrons and positrons are accelerated oppositely, meeting only once at the collision point. No consolation match is allowed. Category: Feature | Tagged: ,
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