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Some CLIC with your free-electron laser?

| 6 March 2014 Particle physics has a long tradition of technologies serendipitously making their way into other realms of science or even everyday life. Think of the web or particle detectors for medical diagnostics. The scientists working on the CLIC accelerator, one of the potential successors of the Large Hadron Collider LHC, held a “High Gradient Day” specially targeted at industry during their workshop last week in order to catalyse the transfer of knowledge gathered over years of R&D. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , , ,

Industrialising the ILC

| 24 October 2013 With the publication of the Technical Design Report, one stage of design and costing for the ILC is complete. Now, US members of the Linear Collider Collaboration must consider what ILC components the US might contribute—and how they will be produced. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , ,

On the way to SiD: testing a novel calorimeter

| 11 July 2013 Researchers are taking a step towards the realisation of the International Linear Collider’s (ILC) SiD detector with a test beam of a SiD-specific electromagnetic calorimeter (ECAL) planned for this month at SLAC. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , ,

SLAC inaugurates a new era for the future ILC (twice)

| 27 June 2013 The University of Tokyo, CERN and Fermilab weren’t the only locations celebrating the handover of the International Linear Collider’s (ILC) Technical Design Report on 12 June. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , ,

From SLAC today: SLAC’s historic ‘End Station A’ hosts electron beams again

2 May 2013 Electrons are once again streaming into SLAC's historic End Station A, setting the stage for a new user facility in the huge, concrete hall where the first evidence for quarks was discovered. Fed by billion-particle bunches of high-energy electrons diverted from the linear accelerator supply to the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), the new beamline, called the End Station Test Beam (ESTB), will initially host three types of experiments: General beam physics and machine-detector interface studies for the proposed International Linear Collider and Compact Linear Collider, radiation hardness tests on detector components and R&D for high-energy physics detectors, which will use secondary particles created when the main beam hits a target. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , ,

SLAC All Access: klystrons on YouTube

18 October 2012 SLAC's YouTube channel has more on klystrons, and of course the legendary klystron gallery. In a video about SLAC's Vacuum Microwave Device Department (VMDD), introduces itself as those people who build the devices that make SLAC's particle accelerators go: klystrons. These devices generate intense waves of microwave energy that rocket subatomic particles up to nearly the speed of light. Department head Andy Haase takes us behind the scenes where klystrons are born. These devices are developed, designed and fabricated by teams of physicists, engineers and technicians in coordination across several departments within SLAC's Accelerator Directorate. Check out the AD website Category: Video of the week | Tagged: , ,

SLAC celebrates 50 years

| 13 September 2012 SLAC has had a remarkable first 50 years, which were celebrated in a special event this past month. Although the theme of that event focused on the next 50 years, the achievements of the past inform the future plans and prospects. In that regard, the physics achievements of SLAC were duly noted at the event because the American Physical Society named it an APS Historic Site and awarded the lab a plaque. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , ,

Fly down SLAC’s Linac Coherent Light Source

Video: SLAC Multimedia Team / Matt Beardsley | 5 April 2012 SLAC's new time-lapse videos, ranging from 13 to 72 seconds in length, show various sped-up scenes around the lab: clouds rolling above the klystron gallery, scientists keeping busy in the Main Control Center, and, shown here, a zipping tour of the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS). Fly from one end of LCLS to the other in a lightning-quick 72 seconds to see how much fun it can be. Category: Video of the week | Tagged: ,

SLAC P2 Marx ramps up reliability

| 15 March 2012 The newest incarnation of the SLAC P2 Marx modulator is designed to be more versatile and robust than its predecessor. Having prepped it for reliability, scientists will soon put the modulator's mettle to the test. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , ,

From SLAC Today: Will the Real Higgs Boson Please Stand Up?

11 August 2011 How can a low-energy experiment like SLAC’s PEP II B Factory, originally built to investigate differences between matter and antimatter and no longer even taking data, compete with a monster matter masher like the LHC that was built, in a large part, to find the Higgs? Category: Feature | Tagged: , , ,
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