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A conformal approach to cavity coating

Argonne scientists give metals a healthy superconducting coat, one atomic layer at a time.

by Leah Hesla

Argonne researchers are working to coat accelerator cavities with perfectly uniform atomic layers of niobium. The thin film technology could help slash production and operation costs in particle accelerator programmes while boosting accelerator performance.


from CERN: LHC sets world record beam intensity

Geneva, 22 April 2011. Around midnight this night CERN’s Large Hadron Collider set a new world record for beam intensity at a hadron collider when it collided beams with a luminosity of 4.67 × 1032 cm-2s-1. This exceeds the previous world record of 4.024 × 1032 cm-2s-1, which was set by the US Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory’s Tevatron collider in 2010, and marks an important milestone in LHC commissioning. Read the CERN press release.

Director's Corner

The new baseline and the next steps

Today's issue features a Director's Corner by Ewan Paterson, member of the Global Design Effort Executive Committee.

by Ewan Paterson

The new ILC baseline shows the way to designing a linear collider that maintains original performance while using cost-saving alternatives.

Image of the week

Michel Davier receives 2010 André Lagarrigue Prize

Michel Davier receives the 2010 André Lagarrigue Prize from Martial Ducloy, president of the French Physical Society, on 26 April at the Linear Accelerator Laboratory in Orsay, France.

In the News

  • from BBC News
    26 April 2011
    It is the most complex space physics experiment ever built, and it will launch on shuttle Endeavour this week.
  • from Ars Technica
    25 April 2011
    The RHIC is back in the news today, as one of its detectors has found evidence of the production of anti-helium-4 nuclei. The rates at which these particles were produced, however, suggests that we won’t be seeing anti-nuclei of any greater complexity anytime soon.
  • from Guardian
    24 April 2011
    Scientists in the US produced a clutch of antihelium particles, the antimatter equivalents of the helium nucleus, after smashing gold ions together nearly 1bn times at close to the speed of light.
  • from Bay News 9
    21 April 2011
    It’s fitting shuttle Endeavour’s final mission is once again to the International Space Station, as its cargo includes a tool to find potential origins of the universe.
  • from KPNW radio (Eugene)
    22 March 2011
    Listen to an interview with Brian Foster that aired on 22 March on KPNW, during ALCPG11 in Eugene, Oregon, US, and learn about particle physics, extra dimensions, linear colliders and particle slams.