Nobu Toge promoted to KEK trustee

by Rika Takahashi

The ILC programme’s Nobu Toge has been appointed as one of KEK's five trustees. He began working with the linear collider in 1986, later joining the Global Design Effort in 2005. Toge will remain in the GDE directorate as a member of the editorial team for the Technical Design Report.


From CERN Courier: Viewpoint: Authors and supporters

Lucie Linssen and Steinar Stapnes from CLIC examine the question of authoring long-term development projects for particle physics.

While people often grasp only a fraction of the physics at stake, they easily recognise the full extent of the human undertaking. Particle-physics experiments and accelerators are, indeed, miracles of technology and major examples of worldwide co-operation and on-site teamwork.

Director's Corner

KILC12 in Daegu: a preview

by Barry Barish

The joint ACFA Physics/Detector Workshop and Global Design Effort meeting on linear colliders (KILC12) will be held in Daegu, Korea from 23 to 27 April 2012. This meeting comes at the crucial time when we are making the transition from determining the technical details for the Technical Design Report to actually writing the report. At Daegu, the GDE will not only present a set of progress reports on ILC R&D but will also schedule special working meetings on costing and first draft sections of the TDR.

Video of the week

Fly down SLAC’s Linac Coherent Light Source

Video: SLAC Multimedia Team / Matt Beardsley

SLAC's new time-lapse videos, ranging from 13 to 72 seconds in length, show various sped-up scenes around the lab: clouds rolling above the klystron gallery, scientists keeping busy in the Main Control Center, and, shown here, a zipping tour of the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS).

Fly from one end of LCLS to the other in a lightning-quick 72 seconds to see how much fun it can be.

In the News

  • from Science News
    2 April 2012

    BOSS, for Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey, has measured the distance to faraway galaxies more precisely than ever before, mapping the universe as it existed roughly 6 billion years ago, when it was only 63 percent of its current size. The findings suggest that the mysterious “dark energy” causing the universe to expand at an accelerating rate was foreseen by Einstein, the researchers reported April 1 at the American Physical Society meeting.

  • from The Washington Post
    2 April 2012

    Still, after years of research and billions of dollars invested, we haven’t produced definitive evidence that the Higgs boson is real, leaving open the possibility that a decades-old, widely believed theory is completely wrong.

  • from Science
    30 March 2012

    This week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) cited a tight budget in putting the brakes on the development of the flagship project for the next decade at the country’s sole particle physics lab, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Batavia, Illinois. But if the $1.5 billion Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment (LBNE) is delayed, then Japanese physicists may be able to do a similar experiment first, researchers say.

Best of April Fool’s Day
  • from TRIUMF
    1 April 2012

    Effective Sunday, April 1, 2012, the laboratory formerly known as TRIUMF will be called “CALCIUM,” an acronym for CAnada’s Laboratory for Chemistry, Isotopes, Unknowns, and Medicine.

  • from CERN’s blog
    1 April 2012

    The new particle, called a foolion, had been proposed by theorists to explain how elementary particles could attract so much attention.(…) Scientists from the ATLAS and CMS collaborations are now studying the possibility of moving their detectors to the island of Tristan da Cunha to confirm the findings.

  • from CERN Bulletin
    1 April 2012

    As clear physics evidence of the Higgs is still pending and expected to be established in 2012, the CERN Computer Centre operators have instead rearranged their computer racks in the Computer Centre (Building 513) to spell the word “Higgs”.

  • from Fermilab Today
    1 April 2012

    “We call it the High Acceleration Linear Lumos of W boson to Strange, or HALLoWS,” said Roger Dixon, head of the Accelerator Division. “The design is based on an obscure paper by J.K. Rowling who first postulated this idea in the mid-1990s.” HALLoWS consists of three accelerators: a linear accelerator called ELDER, a trilateral accelerator called CLOAK and a cyclotron called stoNE.

  • from USLHC’s blog
    1 April 2012

    Given the size of Luno, we should be able to see the large figure as well, but all searches have been fruitless. Some people think that this figure may be even harder to find than SUSY, or even extra dimensions (outside of the Terry Pratchett universe.)

  • from Futura-Sciences
    1 April 2012

    Mais il y aurait encore plus étonnant : les documents mayas révéleraient que non seulement les neutrinos muoniques peuvent aller plus vite que la lumière, que l’on peut s’en servir pour communiquer entre civilisations galactiques mais également qu’un nouveau contact avec nous serait tenté par nos visiteurs E.T. le 21 décembre 2012, par le biais des neutrinos.