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from CERN: LHC experiments present latest results at Mumbai conference

25 August 2011 Results 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: , ,

From SLAC Today: Will the Real Higgs Boson Please Stand Up?

11 August 2011 How 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? Category: Feature | Tagged: , , ,

The fruits of industry

| 11 August 2011 The 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: , ,

Good gradients in seconds flat

| 4 August 2011 A stable particle beam needs a trouble-free path on its way to high energies, and that means providing it with a smooth gradient to ascend. A team of scientists at Fermilab has arrived at a way to control accelerating cavities so they can give particle beams exactly that – a tilt-free path to collision. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , , , ,

From symmetry breaking: Higgs buzz at summer physics conference

28 July 2011 Physicists 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. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

How to keep cavities blemish-free

| 14 July 2011 Worrying 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: , , ,

From symmetry magazine: Adventures of a light-source bum

7 July 2011 I 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.

ILD collaborators make progress on detector design options

and | 30 June 2011 With the publication of the Detailed Baseline Design Report in their sights, members of the ILD collaboration work diligently to form realisable models of their detector, ones that take into account both their physics simulations and the nuts and bolts of engineering designs. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , ,

All aboard the long bunch train

| 30 June 2011 Learning to stabilise a particle beam of longer pulses such as those needed for the ILC requires diligence, patience and practice. ILC and FLASH scientists share the fruits of all three at the recent workshop on long bunch trains. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , , ,

Concrete plans for a platform

| 23 June 2011 Linear collider collaborators are on board with the use of two platforms to move the ILC’s two colossal detectors in and out of the particle beamline. Now they work to design them so the detectors' rides are as smooth as possible. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , , ,
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