Research Director's Report

The impact of ILC detector R&D

This month's Research Director's Report was written by Marcel Demarteau, chair and convener of the ILC Detector Common Task Group

by Marcel Demarteau

Although the actual construction date of the ILC accelerator and its detectors is very uncertain, the impact of the R&D for ILC detectors is very real. Sometimes we tend to overlook the deep impact the work initiated by and carried out within the ILC detector community has already had on the whole particle physics community and beyond.

Around the World

Detector scientists and the chamber of GEMs

Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington spend two weeks characterising ILC detector chamber prototypes at Fermilab's Test Beam Facility.

by Leah Hesla

Being holed up at Fermilab's Test Beam Facility for two weeks, 18 hours a day is no reason to go hungry. Researchers from the University of Texas at Arlington subsisted on instant noodles while they kept busy with their gas electron multipliers, one of the technologies being developed for the ILC detector.

Director's Corner

GDE Executive Committee meeting at Caltech

by Barry Barish

The GDE Executive Committee met face-to-face at Caltech in July in order to plan the next phase of the work on the Technical Design Report following establishment of a new ILC baseline this past spring. The status and plans remain on track to complete the report at the end of 2012.

Image of the week

Summer students of science

Image: DESY

This summer 81 students of 19 different nationalities joined in the day-to-day work of research groups at the DESY Laboratory in Hamburg and Zeuthen (Berlin), participating in different activities.

An introductory talk about the ILC is included in this year’s programme.

In the News

  • from
    16 August 2011
    The first major science project in China that has been built through a genuine international collaboration has begun operation. Once fully complete next year, the Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment – a partnership between 19 Chinese and 16 US universities – will begin searching for the final undetermined neutrino “mixing angle”, known as θ13.
  • from Conceivably Tech
    15 August 2011
    Fermilab is scheduled to shut down its legendary Tevatron particle smasher next month, but scientists are navigating difficult political and financial waters to build the International Linear Collider (ILC) as the potential successor of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN.
  • from Xinhua News
    15 August 2011
    Scientists in a lab with Daya Bay Nuclear Power Station in southern Guangdong Province have found neutrino through two detecting instruments, which is likely to provide clues to solving the mystery of why there is more matter than antimatter in the universe.
  • from Interactions
    15 August 2011
    The experiment’s first completed set of twin detectors is now recording interactions of antineutrinos (antipartners of neutrinos) as they travel away from the powerful reactors of the China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group in southern China.