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.
Category: Image of the week | Tagged: DESY, particle physics
Image: DESY, Marco Urban | 27 September 2012Chancellor Angela Merkel visited DESY on 19 September for a hall baptism: the experimental hall of DESY's light source PETRA III is now officially named Max von Laue, after the discoverer of diffraction of X-rays. DESY DG Helmut Dosch presents the German chancellor (who was a physicist before she became a politician) with a miniature accelerator cavity. In her speech, Merkel stressed the importance of fundamental research, freedom of science and the importance to communicate results. Check DESY's press release for more links, the chancellor's full speech (in German) and images.
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Barbara Warmbein | 16 August 2012A new stage show based on accelerators and accelerator physics is taking off in Germany this month. Conceived by two ILC scientists at DESY, it shows the basic ingredients of a particle accelerator, complete with all the fun stuff, to schoolchildren ages 12 and up. It even gives a live audience-involving demonstration of the fundamental acceleration principle of the ILC.
Category: Around the World | Tagged: accelerator, DESY, outreach, show
Image: DESY | 16 August 2012The designated Linear Collider Director Lyn Evans, who will take up his new role when the ILC Technical Design Report has been officially delivered next summer, is already touring the labs. On Monday and Tuesday he visited DESY to inspect its cavity production facilities and chat to DESY scientists about the future.
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Barbara Warmbein | 19 July 2012Tracks show the paths of particles passing through the time projection chamber, the tracker prototype for the ILD detector, in a DESY test beam last week. Six brand-new readout modules of the Micromegas type - one possible module type for the final detector - were mounted to the TPC endplate and produced beautiful tracks both from cosmic and beam particles.
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Barbara Warmbein | 28 June 2012A new integration technology that could also be used in the ILC detectors will soon serve as a node point for connecting several German and international institutes and universities in the common goal to develop fast, efficient and reliable detector components in the Helmholtz Detector Technology and Systems Platform. The unusual aspect of the collaboration: these detectors are not only for Higgs- and SUSY-hunting apparatus for particle physics, but also for more compact and more targeted devices for use in light sources.
Category: Around the World | Tagged: 3-D silicon technology, DESY, Helmholtz Association, particle physics, photon science