Research Director's Report

Design report in the making: drafting the DBD

by Sakue Yamada

The year 2012 will be very busy and exciting. The main task for the ILC physics and detector community is to complete Detailed Baseline Design report summarising our effort since 2007. To achieve this goal, coordination between the detector groups and with the Global Design Effort is essential, and we are fulfilling this mission.


From Fermilab Today: Origins of mass: It’s not what you think

If you have even the faintest interest in particle physics, you've heard about the Higgs boson. The Higgs boson is the leading candidate explanation for the origin of the masses of point-like subatomic particles. By extension, the Higgs boson is the origin of mass in the universe, right? There's only one problem with that statement—it's totally wrong.

Read the full article in Fermilab Today.

View videos about the Higgs boson from the author, Don Lincoln:

What is the Higgs Boson? | Higgs Boson: How do you search for it? (and latest news)

Director's Corner

Linear Collider Accelerator School

by Barry Barish

The Sixth International Accelerator School for Linear Colliders was held from 6 to 17 November at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California, US. The Global Design Effort has co-sponsored this successful school from inception and we are proud of the fact that many graduates have gone on to careers in accelerator science, including at the ILC.

Image of the week

Mapping the ILC

Image: ILC
Map implementation: Jeffrey Clark (GDE)

The ‘international’ in ‘International Linear Collider’ isn’t just a part of a name. The ILC is demonstrably global, involving thousands of scientists from the Americas, Asia and Europe in accelerator activity, detector research and physics pursuits. The map is a picture of ILC activity around the world.

Visit the map webpage and click around.

And if you notice any inaccuracies or see that an institution is missing, please don’t hesitate to notify us. We can make corrections.

Enjoy exploring the world of the ILC!

In the News

  • from NHK News
    18 January 2012
    GDE director visits ILC candidate site in Northern Japan. (in Japanese)
  • from Southeast European Times
    17 January 2012
    Serbia’s scientific community received a boost this month as the country became an associate member of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).
  • from DESY
    13 January 2012
    For the first time, the researchers have managed to employ a special form of magnetism for data storage purposes, called antiferromagnetism. Different from ferromagnetism, which is used in conventional hard drives, the spins of neighbouring atoms within antiferromagnetic material are oppositely aligned, rendering the material magnetically neutral on a bulk level. This means that antiferromagnetic atom rows can be spaced much more closely without magnetically interfering with each other. Thus, the scientist managed to pack bits only one nanometre apart.
  • from CNRS/IN2P3
    12 January 2012
    GUINEVERE is a reactor entirely composed of nuclear fuel, lead and a particle accelerator that controls the reactor. It is a demonstration model of an ADS (Accelerator Driven System).
  • from BBC News
    6 January 2012
    Another grant will go to Trinity Catholic School in Nottingham, where pupils will build their own atom smasher. They will construct a model linear particle accelerator and investigate particle collisions similar to those under way at the Large Hadron Collider at Cern in Switzerland.