Hitoshi Murayama | 12 November 2015In Whistler, British Columbia, some two hundred physicists gathered to the annual Linear Collider Workshop. As the last speaker of the meeting, I tried to summarise the status of various collider options currently under discussion. In particular, I tried to clarify their readiness and timelines.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: CepC, CLIC, FCC, ILC, LCWS15, SPPC
Lyn Evans | 14 May 2015After almost two years of major work on the machine and its detectors, the Large Hadron Collider is in the middle of the so-called commissioning phase. During the roughly two months of commissioning, the operators check out every little system in the large complex that is the LHC. LCC Director and former LHC project leader Lyn Evans watches and learns from the sidelines.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: CLIC, ILC, LHC, operation, quench
Barbara Warmbein | 30 April 2015CALICE, the collaboration of detector developers working on calorimeters for the linear collider, has a new spokesperson. At their meeting during the ALCW2015 workshop, the collaboration elected Frank Simon from the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich, Germany, as their new head. He takes over from Jose Repond, Argonne National Lab.
Category: Around the World | Tagged: ALCW2015, CALICE, calorimeter, CLIC, detector R&D, ILC
Brian Foster | 16 April 2015For the first Programme Advisory Committee meeting of the Linear Collider Collaboration, experts from all over the world gathered in France to review the status of the LCC and progress since the completion of the Technical Design Report in 2013. The committee was impressed by the progress both on the machine and the detectors. Brian Foster, European Director in the LCC, reports about the details.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: CLIC, CNRS/LAL, ILC, Japan, PAC
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
26 November 2014CERN and the Japanese high-energy accelerator research laboratory KEK have a long history of collaboration. An agreement signed at KEK on 21 November puts this on even firmer ground: both labs will establish CERN-KEK offices to increase the collaborative effort on accelerator R&D and construction projects of mutual interest.
Category: Feature | Tagged: accelerator R&D, ATF, ATF2, CERN, CLIC, FCC, ILC, J-PARC, KEK, LHC upgrade
Harry Weerts | 13 November 2014The recent ICFA seminar addressed many topics and chartered the future physics landscape to fine and, if in the further future, less fine detail, says Harry Weerts, Americas Regional Director for the Linear Collider Collaboration. But he thinks one important thing is lacking: a mechanism on how to achieve consensus on what constitutes the global programme for particle physics in the future.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: CepC, CLIC, FCC, global strategy, ICFA, ILC, LHC, P5