1-TeV beam shapes up

by Leah Hesla

Designing a 1-TeV upgrade of the ILC requires a suitable particle beam to go along with it. Scientists recently decided on the shape of the 1-TeV beam, and it has a shifted waist.

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From CERN Courier: The SuperB approach to high luminosity

The next-generation B factory to be built in Italy will reach new levels in luminosity by employing the innovative crab-waist scheme at the beam collision point. The SuperB concept represents a real breakthrough in collider design. The low-emittance ring has its roots in R&D for the International Linear Collider (ILC) and could be used as a system-test for the design of the ILC damping ring. The invention of the crab-waist final focus could also have an impact on the current generation of circular colliders.

Read more in CERN Courier

Director's Corner

Baseline Technical Review for ILC superconducting RF systems

by Barry Barish

On 19 and 20 January 2012, the third Baseline Technical Review to finalise the Technical Design Report baseline was held at KEK laboratory in Japan. The meeting reviewed the proposed cavity gradient performance, cavity integration, and the main linac integration and interfaces to the ILC conventional facilities, including radiofrequency power, control and interfaces to conventional facilities. A special meeting on superconducting radiofrequency costs followed this meeting on 21 January.

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BTR meeting groupies

Image: Nobu Toge

KEK hosted the third ILC Baseline Technical Review meeting last month. Read more about the main linac and superconducting radiofrequency technology decisions in this issue's Director's Corner.

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