Philip Burrows | 10 March 2016The International Committee for Future Accelerators (ICFA) is a biannual gathering of the heads of major particle physics labs and institutes from around the world for the purpose of sharing news, liaising, and working together to promote global collaboration in our field. The Linear Collider Collaboration (LCC) has its mandate from ICFA, and the LC oversight Board (LCB) met in association with the recent ICFA meeting [see other article] to monitor progress on the three main LCC elements: the ILC, CLIC, and Detector & Physics groups.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: 750GeV, CLIC, European Strategy for Particle Physics, FCC, Higgs, ICFA, LCB, LHC
Barbara Warmbein | 11 February 2016Remember the ingenious civil engineering tool that British consultancy ARUP has developed for CERN's FCC and that is also being used for site-specific planning of the ILC? That thing where you can play around with shafts, tunnels and rock formations without leaving your desk? It's been shortlisted for a prestigious award, so keep your fingers crossed.
Category: Image of the week | Tagged: ARUP, CERN, civil engineering, FCC, ILC, Kitakami
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
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 | 19 March 2015The Large Hadron Collider is about to start up again as an almost new machine and almost twice the previous collision energy. With first beams possibly circulating by the end of the month and first collisions expected for the beginning of summer, physicists around the world cannot wait to see what the collisions of Run 2 will reveal. Will there be first signs of supersymmetry, a possible key to the as yet locked dark universe? What will the properties of the Higgs boson reveal? Will there be unexpected peaks in the data? And how do these results translate to the ILC? LC NewsLine speaks to two theoretical physicists.
Category: Feature | Tagged: dark matter, extra forces, FCC, gluino, Higgs, ILC, LHC, QCD, supersymmetry, Z'
Hitoshi Yamamoto | 19 March 2015The physics case of the ILC boils down to three main points, says Hitoshi Yamamoto, Director for Physics and Detectors in the Linear Collider Collaboration. A physics case is a scientific justification based on studies and theory. And while the case for the linear collider has been made many times, the LC physics community thinks that it is now much clearer.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: CepC, FCC, Higgs, ILC, LHC, physics case, TDR
Barbara Warmbein | 11 December 2014The Future Circular Collider (FCC) study, though even further in the future than the ILC, might be feeding technology back to its linear cousin. An interactive tunnel-planning tool developed by a civil engineering design company for planning the future circular colliders in the CERN vicinity could prove to be useful for detailed planning and design optimisation of the ILC in the designated Kitakami site.
Category: Around the World | Tagged: civil engineering, FCC, ILC, layout, site-specific design
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
Harry Weerts | 20 February 2014Over the past decades, colliders have defined the energy frontier in particle physics. Currently there are four studies worldwide: ILC, CLIC, FCC and a muon collider. Each high-energy physicist can argue about which one of these should be pursued and have his/her own preference. However, considering the strategic aspect and the time scale involved in realising these machines, the ILC is the natural next energy frontier machine. Harry Weerts, Americas Regional Director for the Linear Collider Collaboration, explains why.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: CLIC, energy frontier, FCC, Higgs boson, High Energy Physics, ILC, LHC, muon collider, new physics