Barry Barish | 19 July 2012The Korean Physical Society recently celebrated its 60th anniversary in an impressive event in Daejean, South Korea. South Korea has made an astounding recovery from a country devastated by war to a struggling poor postwar country to a leading high-tech industrial country. The Koreans have embraced science and technology, are manufacturing high-quality cars and electronics for the world, and have become an important part of the international science community.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: ILC, Korea, LHC, neutrinos
Barry Barish | 5 July 2012The announcements of the most recent results from the search for the Higgs boson at the LHC bring into sharper focus the new physics at the energy frontier and the potential role of the ILC. Although it is still too soon to know what will be uncovered regarding the Higgs mechanism from studies at the LHC, it is worth pointing out the long-range potential for Higgs physics at the ILC. Two examples illustrate how the ILC will be able to shed further light on the phenomena seen at the LHC.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: CERN, Higgs, ILC, LHC
Barbara Warmbein | 5 July 2012The LHC experiments are definitely homing in on a Higgs boson in a mass region somewhere around 126 GeV. Further studies and more data from the LHC will tell us more about what it is that they have found, but only a linear collider will be able to tell without prejudice whether it’s a Standard Model Higgs (or not) and determine its mass with a precision down to about 60 MeV. Here’s how.
Category: Feature | Tagged: decay mode, Higgs, ILC, ILD, LHC, particle flow, SiD
Sakue Yamada | 5 July 2012We in the ILC Research Directorate are thrilled with the announcement from CERN this week that a Higgs-like particle has been discovered. The Higgs particle has been a target of our experiments for over decades, and the affirming news from LHC finally means a great step forward. I wish to congratulate CERN and all physicists who contributed to this success.
Category: Research Director's Report | Tagged: DBD, detectors, Higgs, LEP, LHC, SLC, Tevatron
Barry Barish | 14 June 2012At the KILC12 workshop in Daegu, Korea, in May, there was a panel discussion on the topic of what will be required to provide scientific justification for the International Linear Collider. The panel consisted of a cross-section of workshop attendees, accelerator physicists, detector experts, theorists and even one of our communicators. The panel discussion produced areas of agreement, some differences and homework.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: CLIC, Higgs boson, KILC12, LCWS11, LHC, physics case
Barry Barish | 24 May 2012The Funding Agencies for Large Colliders met in the Shonan Village Center in Kanagawa, Japan on 17 April. FALC is an informal group of agency representatives who discuss large international projects in particle physics, both projects that are under way and those in the planning stages. FALC has given special attention to the ILC since it is a totally global initiative and has no home laboratory to oversee its development. The meeting in Japan discussed the future of ILC R&D beyond the Global Design Effort mandate to produce a Technical Design Report next year.
Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: FALC, Higgs, ICFA, ILCSC, LHC, POST-TDR, Super B, TDR
3 May 2012Empty space is anything but. Remove everything you can from an area of space and it will still bustle with activity. A veritable abundance of particles and all-pervasive fields fill space with energy. Empty space even weighs something. Indeed, studying ‘nothing’ can tell us almost everything about the universe we live in. Learn more about the relationship between vacuum and “virtual” particles, the Higgs boson, supersymmetry and dark energy
Category: Feature | Tagged: Higgs boson, LHC, supersymmetry