Research Director's Report

Important meetings to come, important discussions to happen

by Sakue Yamada

The high-energy physics community is gearing up to learn the latest from the world’s large particle colliders, to be presented at conferences this summer. The reports may guide the future efforts of the ILC community coming after the detector community’s detailed baseline design.

Around the World

Pushing the limits with high-voltage electron guns

Jefferson Lab’s electron gun group explores new designs for spin-polarised photoelectron guns

by Christine Herman (FNAL)

Scientists at Jefferson Lab advance high-voltage electron gun research to create tight, spin-polarised electron beams.

Director's Corner

ILC accelerator interim report elicits positive responses

by Barry Barish

Following the recent release of the ILC accelerator interim report, The International Linear Collider: A Technical Progress Report, we have received positive and encouraging responses from the chairman and other members of the International Linear Collider Steering Committee, our scientific oversight committee. This interim report is a useful summary of our ILC R&D programme and accomplishments to date, in preparation for the ILC Technical Design Report, which we are on track to complete by the end of 2012.

Image of the week

Up in the air

Image: DESY

The PCMAG – the magnet of the large prototype time projection chamber – will travel from DESY in Germany all the way to KEK in Japan. Before the magnet can begin its journey it must be properly wrapped and lifted out of the DESY test beam facility. Have a save trip PCMAG!

In the News

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    19 July 2011
    While international panel advocates for DUSEL science, $15M in necessary operating funds hang in budget balance
  • from Physics Viewpoint
    18 July 2011
    Now, a paper from the T2K (Tokai to Kamioka) experiment in Japan, reports the first possible observation of muon neutrinos oscillating into electron neutrinos at 500 km/GeV. They see 6 candidate signal events, above an expected background of 1.5 events.
  • from
    14 July 2011
    The puzzling prevalence of matter over antimatter in the universe might be related to the bizarre space-time stretching caused by our galaxy’s spin, a new study suggests.