Director's Corner

Extending the energy reach of the ILC

by Barry Barish

A new study is being undertaken to extend the maximum energy of the ILC from the present design of 0.5 TeV towards 1.0 TeV, either as a future option or possibly for the initial machine.


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

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?


The fruits of industry

The Global Design Effort collaborates with industrial companies to encourage scientific innovation for ILC technology

by Leah Hesla

The R&D of industry is as vital to the ILC project as research performed in the laboratory. The Global Design Effort has formed close relationships with multiple industry vendors, fostering innovation and reducing costs.

Image of the week

TULA tunnels through

Image: European XFEL

The tunnel boring machine TULA (TUnnel for LAser) squeezed through a large hole in the wall of the injector building of the European XFEL facility. The hole, only 40 centimetres wider than the colossus that is TULA, made for a challengingly tight fit.

TULA, which started 7 July 2010 at the European XFEL construction site in Schenefeld (Schleswig-Holstein), arrived a couple of days ago at the DESY site in Hamburg. In 13 months it has completed three tunnels with a total length of 3084 metres of the tunnel system, including the 2.1-kilometre-long linac tunnel.

The second tunnel boring machine AMELI is still on its way to dig the (slightly thinner) rest of the nearly 6-kilometre long European XFEL tunnel system.

TULA is 6.17 metres in diameter and 71 metres long, weighs 550 tonnes and costs 18 million Euros.

In the News

  • from Taiwan Today
    9 August 2011
    A center will be established in Taiwan to monitor the findings of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, an instrument recently placed on the International Space Station, National Science Council Minister Lee Lou-chuang said Aug. 8.
  • from New Scientist
    4 August 2011
    Antiprotons appear to ring the Earth, confined by the planet’s magnetic field lines. The antimatter, which may persist for minutes or hours before annihilating with normal matter, could in theory be used to fuel ultra-efficient rockets of the future.
  • from Iwate Nippo
    30 July 2011
  • from The Denki Shimbun
    27 July 2011
  • from Kahoku Shinpo
    26 July 2011
  • from The Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun
    25 July 2011