Harry Weerts | 14 April 2016The US and Japan work together on a long list of projects in high-energy physics, from current experiments to future plans. At an annual meeting of the “Joint Committee” in Japan, four new projects were added to the list of joint activities, and Harry Weerts, regional director for the Americas, reports that he sees progress on ILC work in Japan, but that US authorities are waiting for a sign from their Japanese counterparts before the project can go ahead.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: accelerator R&D, detector R&D, DOE, Japan, KEK, MEXT, US
28 January 2016Sometimes even linear-collider experts make semi circles, especially when you have to squeeze more than 200 participants into one picture (and it's raining). The CLIC workshop was held at CERN from 18 to 22 January. Get the latest on the Compact Linear Collider Study in a future issue of LC NewsLine.
Category: Image of the week | Tagged: accelerator R&D, CERN, CLIC, detector R&D
Barbara Warmbein | 12 November 2015[gallery ids="35324,35319,35320,35322,35321,35323,35317"] The German research centre DESY opened its doors to the public on 7 November, a day now known as DESY DAY. More than 18000 visitors came to see real accelerators, braving long queues and Hamburg drizzle to walk through parts of the European XFEL, PETRA or HERA accelerators, to visit DESY's workshops and partner labs on campus, learn about vacuum, magnetism, cryo technology, molecular biology, crystal and much more. Some of them even discovered the Higgs, which was roaming around on campus, happy to be photographed. At the stand of DESY's linear collider groups, visitor could try a magnetic linear accelerator, cable a detector prototype and even play electron in an accelerator tunnel. In a mocked up linac tunnel stretching a couple of metres and ending in a crash mat, children accelerated like electrons in a cavity and even had their average speed measured. "We recorded every of the approximately 3000 runs," explained Marc Wenskat of DESY's linear collider accelerator group, one of more than 1200 volunteers who tirelessly explained to visitors what they do all day, and why. "Considering that most kids had more than one go, we estimate that some 1500 kids visited our stand – probably about equal to the number of children on site!" For the next open day - planned again to coincide with Hamburg's Night of Science in two years - the team is considering to turn the crash mat into a calorimeter to measure the runner's impact and make it even more of a linear collider experience. All images: Axel Heimken, DESY/European XFEL
Category: Image of the week | Tagged: accelerator R&D, DESY, DESYDAY, detector R&D, European XFEL
Rika Takahashi | 29 October 2015The ILC Progress Report is a document outlining the technical progress after the publication of the Technical Design Report (TDR) in 2013. It contains the information regarding the progress in civil engineering studies, accelerator hardware design/development updates, accelerator system layout updates, integration/test facilities to be prepared for “hub-laboratory functioning, and updated project implementation plan, and further preparatory work.
Category: Feature | Tagged: accelerator R&D, ATF2, cavity gradient, TDR, XFEL
Akira Yamamoto | 1 October 2015Reporting almost live from Whistler, Canada, Akira Yamamoto says progress is impressive. The conference SRF 2015 covered the latest advances in the science, technology, and applications of superconducting RF, including leading SRF accelerator projects, such as European XFEL, the European Spallation Source, FRIB, and the LCLS-II project.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: accelerator R&D, cavity, cavity gradient, SCRF
Barbara Warmbein | 20 August 2015Is the beam delivery system delivering? Ten years ago, at the Global Design Effort’s formative meeting in Snowmass, Colorado, ILC communicator Perrine Royole-Degieux interviewed Phil Burrows, then professor at Queen Mary University of London, about the beam delivery system. How has the home straight where the particle bunches get squeezed, focused and brought to collision, evolved in a decade?
Category: Feature | Tagged: accelerator R&D, beam delivery system, FONT, MDI, Snowmass
20 August 2015The design is clunky, but the faces look familiar: the very first issue of NewsLine was published on 18 August 2005. It had lots of live coverage from the meeting in Snowmass that more or less officially started a global R&D project for the International Linear Collider. It made scientists from different collider and R&D backgrounds work together towards the goal of eventually building the next big adventure in particle physics. Some 400 issues of ILC / LC NewsLine later the accelerator and detector designs have matured a lot, the project has experienced some ups, some downs and has taken many "important steps towards realisation," including the selection of a possible site in northern Japan. While R&D continues and the community keenly anticipates results from the LHC's run 2, the project is now at a stage where its realisation is down to political decisions rather than technological challenges. Have a look at the first edition and the archive and send us your personal memories of highlights from the last ten years ans hopes for the next ten!
Category: Image of the week | Tagged: accelerator R&D, detector R&D, ILC NewsLine, LC NewsLine, Snowmass, status of the project
Steinar Stapnes | 23 July 2015As the summer conferences are kicking off, providing more and more complete LHC 8 TeV results and the very first glimpses of 13 TeV data, it is also time to start thinking about the autumn linear collider programme. The LCWS15 and the International Linear Collider School will be held in Whistler, BC, Canada.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: accelerator R&D, LC school, LCWS, TRIUMF