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
Barbara Warmbein | 28 May 2015Accelerator experts from Europe and Japan have a long history of cooperation for projects such as ATF at the Japanese lab KEK, and of course the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. A new EU-funded project makes sure that cooperation continues with future projects like the high-luminosity LHC, the Future Circular Collider FCC, CLIC, the ILC and many more. The first researcher (from the German lab DESY) has already spent nine weeks in Japan to improve simulations for site-specific machine-detector-interface questions for the ILC.
Category: Around the World | Tagged: accelerator R&D, ATF, CERN, E-JADE, Europe, European Strategy for Particle Physics, FCC, ILC, J-PARC, Japan, LHC
Barbara Warmbein | 5 February 2015The first prototype module of CLIC is operational in the CLIC test facility. The Compact Linear Collider Study shows that it does what it says in the acronym: a compact accelerator module, fed by high-power waveguides, cables and cooling tubes, sits elegantly on a custom-made mechanical structure that can be moved in all directions to ultra-high precision, and tests how all the little details work that turn a metal structure into a functioning accelerator module– frequency, losses, damping, acceleration, deceleration. At the CLIC test facility you see none of the heavy-duty steel pipes that characterise the dipole magnets of the LHC.
Category: Around the World | Tagged: accelerator R&D, CLIC, drive beam
5 February 2015The CLIC annual workshop, held at CERN from 26 to 30 January, did not only bring together nearly accelerator and detector experts to discuss the next stages of the project – it also featured a session on possible applications from CLIC technology, which drew experts from other fields such as light sources, medical research and industry. See the workshop webpage for slides and more information.
Category: Image of the week | Tagged: accelerator R&D, CERN, CLIC, detector R&D, technology transfer
Akira Yamamoto | 5 February 2015The Asian Linear Collider Workshop 2015 (ALCW2015) will take place at KEK from 20 – 24 April. The workshop will be devoted to accelerator, physics and detector aspects of future high energy electron-positron linear colliders. It comes at a critical time for the ILC project development in Japan and will have a special focus on the ILC progress in Japan, says Asian Regional Director Akira Yamamoto.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: accelerator R&D, ALCW2015, detector R&D, Japan, KEK, Tokyo Event