Present, future and science fiction of particle physics

New Humboldt professor Brian Foster takes office at DESY

by Thomas Zoufal (DESY)

Brian Foster, recently awarded the Humboldt professorship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, has begun work in Germany this week. He hopes to advance particle physics by exploring new methods of acceleration, analysing unique physics data and of course playing his violin.

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Checkout of ATF starts with test beam

by Rika Takahashi

On 26 May, a first test beam steered through the linac of the Accelerator Test Facility at KEK, Japan, with the same energy as before the March 2011 earthquake. Engineers are now working on the magnet alignment at the beam transportation line.

Director's Corner

Congratulations to Michel Davier

by Barry Barish

Michel Davier, an important member of the International Linear Collider community, has been awarded the prestigious André Lagarrigue Prize in France. For the International Linear Collider, he chairs the special committee that has provided advice and guidance to the Research Director regarding the enabling R&D and detector design programmes for the ILC.

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Kaoru Yokoya retires from KEK

Image: Nobuko Kobayashi

Kaoru Yokoya reflects on his life as an accelerator scientist at KEK during his retirement talk on 31 May. Yokoya retired from KEK on 31 March. He remains with the ILC as an Asia regional director.

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