Image: Nino Bruno, Laboratory: Gran Sasso National Laboratory | 18 April 2013Italy takes top honours among strong competition in the 2012 Global Particle Physics Photowalk. In September 2012, hundreds of amateur and professional photographers had the rare opportunity to explore and photograph accelerators and detectors at particle physics laboratories around the world. The photograph of Nino Bruno, a building contractor in L'Aquila, picturing a tunnel connecting the underground halls of INFN's Gran Sasso National Laboratory garnered the most online votes and a panel of international judges awarded the top prize to Joseph Paul Boccio's detailed photograph of the KLOE detector at INFN's Frascati National Laboratory. Read the press release View top thirty-nine photographs from the Photowalk
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Images: Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet | 4 April 2013On 27 March, LCC Director Lyn Evans paid a courtesy visit to Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The Prime Minister acknowledged the significance of the linear collider project for the whole of humankind. Given that it is an international project, he said he needed to monitor the development closely and would continue to investigate the role of Japan.
Barbara Warmbein | 7 March 2013[caption id="attachment_26218" align="alignleft" width="300"] Image by Marcello Pavan, TRIUMF[/caption] According to Linear Collider Deputy Director Hitoshi Murayama, the Large Hadron Collider is a collider of cherry pies, with lots of cherries, pastry and cream flying off in all directions, while what scientists are really after is the collision of two cherry seeds. The ILC and CLIC, by contrast, are colliders of cherry seeds, he explained at a press conference at TRIUMF laboratory in Vancouver to mark the beginning of the Linear Collider Collaboration. "Throwing two cherry seeds at each other is difficult, but you can see clearly what's going on - and for the ILC that is similar to what happened in the early Universe," he said when asked about the fundamental differences between LHC and the linear collider. Detector Director Hitoshi Yamamoto added that once the LHC discovered the Higgs, "at the ILC we can do in a day” with the Higgs what it would take the LHC several years to accomplish. Linear Collider Board chair Sachio Komamiya estimated that some 80 to 90 percent of collisions at the ILC would feature the Higgs, making it easy to fund and study in detail. Barry Barish made the new value estimate for the ILC public at the conference. Watch the video of the press conference - in both English and Japanese - here.
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Barbara Warmbein | 21 February 2013There is a change at the helm of SiD, one of the two detector concepts for the ILC. After John Jaros and Harry Weerts have pushed SiD the LOI, the validation of SiD as one of two ILC detector concepts and collaboration in the CLIC CDR, the time is right for two new spokesmen to take over. These are Andy White and Marcel Stanitzki, whose role now is to strengthen the SiD detector concept and attract new collaborators from all the regions and and continue to develop and improve the SiD concept.
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Image: Zanaq | 10 January 20132013 is the year of the snake - according to Chinese wisdom, it will be a year of steady progress and attention to detail. This prognosis is something the ILC design team can certainly sign off on: attention to detail is intrinsic to the ILC'S precise collisions, state-of-the-art detectors and challenging machine. And steady progress is certainly ahead with the publication of the Technical Design Report in summer. The uroboros - the snake that eats its own tail - is also often the representation of the universe, where the very big mirrors the very small.
Image: DESY | 20 December 2012The German lab DESY is saying good-bye to one of its accelerator workhorses, the DORIS ring. On 2 January 2013 the final beam will go round its tunnel. It has already stopped being a light source: the last positron beam reached the HASYLAB experimental huts on 22 October. Between then and now, DORIS reverted to its original raison d’etre: an accelerator for particle physics.
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6 December 2012The Global Design Effort and ILC Research Directorate, the international planning team for the International Linear Collider (ILC), will hand over the draft of the ILC Technical Design Report (TDR) to its internal oversight board ILC Steering Committee (ILCSC) in an official ceremony to be held in Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan on 15 December 2012 at 14:00 h JST. This marks the first step towards the completion of the final design for the ILC project.
21 November 2012Last week at Fermilab, a select group of experts discussed whether an accelerator to purely exploit the science around the Higgs(-like) particle found at the LHC should be linear, circular or something completely different. The participants compared the options of a linear 250-GeV electron-positron collider and a circular 125 GeV electron-positron collider from the accelerator point of view as well as physics requirements for a Higgs Factory and other options for a Higgs Factory, including a muon collider and a gamma-gamma collider. More about the workshop and an article in symmetry magazine.