Director's Corner

Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer launches!

by Barry Barish

A major particle physics mission, Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, has been successfully launched. This sophisticated cosmic ray detector will use the International Space Station as a platform to perform precision measurements of cosmic radiation emanating from space.

Research Director's Report

Determining the cost of the ILC detectors

by Sakue Yamada

Costing the two ILC detectors more precisely is one of the important activities for the ongoing ILC detector design work, and balancing detector cost and performance depends on the strategy of the detector groups. To learn whether there are differences among them, the groups undertake detailed coordination of their costing methodologies.


A particle detector in space: interview with Maurice Bourquin from AMS

by Perrine Royole-Degieux

Maurice Bourquin, emeritus professor at the University of Geneva and former president of the CERN Council, is one of the pioneer scientists from the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer Experiment collaboration. Just after the AMS-02 detector was launched, he answered ILC NewsLine’s questions about AMS history, AMS challenges, and the interplay between collider and space experiments.

Video of the week

Space shuttle Endeavour launches

The space shuttle Endeavour launched from Kennedy Space Center on 16 May 2011 for its final mission, a flight to the International Space Station. It took with it the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02), an experiment that will look for evidence of dark matter and antimatter.

View CERN’s webcast of the launch, followed by explanations from AMS scientists.

View the AMS installation on the International Space Station on 19 May 2011.

In the News

  • from New York Times
    17 May 2011
    Dr. Goldhaber was director of the Brookhaven lab from 1961 to 1973, overseeing experiments there that led to three Nobel Prizes.
    His most famous contribution to science’s basic understanding of how the universe works involved the ghostly, perplexing subatomic particles known as neutrinos.
  • from LA Times
    16 May 2011
    Space shuttle Endeavour blasted to space – at last – on its final mission Monday, carrying a long-grounded $2-billion astrophysics device and a little bit of the hearts of thousands of space shuttle workers.
  • from
    16 May 2011
    An instrument for detecting cosmic rays – and possibly even dark matter – has finally been lifted into orbit on board the space shuttle Endeavour.
  • from
    13 May 2011
    Sadrozinski and Robert Johnson, professor of physics at UC Santa Cruz, used the same “silicon strip” detector technology for this project that they and other SCIPP researchers used to build detectors for major particle physics instruments, including the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN.
  • from Science Now
    12 May 2011
    Particle physics has fared less badly with a modest increase of 5% over the same 4-year period, but an increase in grants masks a dramatic drop in capital funding.
  • from Scientific American
    11 May 2011
    Researchers from a number of overlapping disciplines are awaiting a big boost from the world’s largest particle collider
  • from Nature
    10 May 2011
    Proof of the Higgs’ existence will not arrive as a bolt from the blue — instead, it will emerge slowly from weeks or months of data analysis, allowing ample time for each tantalizing step to be documented on blogs.