The deadline for the 2016 CERN-JINR European School of High-Energy Physics, which will take place in Skeikampen (near Lillehammer, Norway) from 15 to 28 June, has been extended to 19 February.
The School is targeted at students in experimental high-energy particle physics who are in the final years of work towards their PhDs, although candidates at an earlier or later stage in their studies may be considered. Sponsorship may be available for a few students from developing countries.
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
Brian Foster | 6 August 2015I am sure that my readers will remember that in my last Director’s Corner, in April, I threatened to write at some future date about the new Project Implementation Planning (PIP) document. Those of you with an even longer memory, going back to my Director’s Corner of April 2014, may even remember what it is. Just in case, however, I take this opportunity not only to honour my promise of last April to also to refresh your memory and to offer you an opportunity to peruse the final document.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: campus, ESS, European XFEL, ITER, LCB, Project Implementation Planning
Mike Harrison | 8 January 2015For the ILC, 2014 was a year of progress in many areas, but the most important activities were centred in Japan, where Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology has started deliberations to evaluate the physics justification as well as the scope and cost of the project. The past year also featured nice results from the ATF2 facility in Japan and the XFEL in Europe. Mike Harrison, associate director for the International Linear Collider in the Linear Collider Collaboration, didn’t avoid the temptation to look back before looking ahead to 2015.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: accelerator R&D, ATF2, change control board, detector R&D, European XFEL, Japan, Kitakami site, LHC, MDI, MEXT
Barbara Warmbein | 4 September 2014With more 200 linear accelerators around the world in operation for research, and more than 8000 linear accelerators serving industrial and medical application, future linear colliders played a small but important role at the LINAC14 conference this week in Geneva. It's R&D for future facilities that could make all linacs more efficient and reliable.
Category: Around the World | Tagged: European XFEL, linac, Nb3Sn, niobium, SCRF
19 December 2013CRISP, the "Cluster of Research Infrastructures for Synergies in Physics" is a European-funded project and one of its objectives is to upgrade and harmonise the SRF Accelerator Structures for ESS, ILC, LHC upgrade and the European XFEL. The activity supports an optimised surface treatment, the application of advanced test and preparation infrastructure as well as state-of-the-art diagnostics tools. Significant focus is laid on the knowledge transfer between ESS, CERN and DESY. Read more in Accelerating News Winter 2013 issue
Category: Around the World | Tagged: Europe, European XFEL, FP7, LHC upgrade, superconducting cavity, Superconducting RF Test Facility