21 June 2012The 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: CLIC, ICFA, ILC, Linear Collider
21 June 2012The 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.
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Rika Takahashi | 14 June 2012Particle cartoons, enticing images, animations and lots and lots of information – that’s what a new website dedicated to the ILC in Japan offers its visitors to help them learn more about the ILC and particle physics. Created by the Advanced Accelerator Association promoting science and technology, it went live on Monday this week.
Category: Feature | Tagged: AAA, Japan, Japanese Society for Promotion of Science, website
7 June 2012Alongside a story on muons—the short-lived cousins of the electron— symmetry magazine in its June 2012 issue features a silent movie about the Standard Model of Particle Physics. See quarks dancing, the Higgs entering the scene and get your own answer to the question mark at the end!
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Rika Takahashi | 31 May 2012Close to 80 scientists gathered at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan for the ILD workshop held from 23 to 25 May. The workshop also drew interest from Japanese media, who attended press briefing and the tour around "the south site" for the ILC.
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3 May 2012Empty space is anything but. Remove everything you can from an area of space and it will still bustle with activity. A veritable abundance of particles and all-pervasive fields fill space with energy. Empty space even weighs something. Indeed, studying ‘nothing’ can tell us almost everything about the universe we live in. Learn more about the relationship between vacuum and “virtual” particles, the Higgs boson, supersymmetry and dark energy
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5 April 2012While people often grasp only a fraction of the physics at stake, they easily recognise the full extent of the human undertaking. Particle-physics experiments and accelerators are, indeed, miracles of technology and major examples of worldwide co-operation and on-site teamwork.
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Leah Hesla | 1 March 2012We don’t usually notice all three dimensions of a semiconductor chip. We note the intricate, maze-like circuitry imprinted onto one side or its reflective sensor surface. Rarely is attention paid to its depth, mostly because chips have so little of it. In the last five to ten years, the particle detector community has been working with the semiconductor industry to develop sensors’ minuscule depths to create technology with integrated functionalities that could be used in fields outside particle physics.
Category: Feature | Tagged: detector activities, detector R&D, monolithic active pixel sensors, pixel sensors