Around the World

Crescendo for European infrastructures

Looking back on the first year of AIDA

by Barbara Warmbein

The AIDA community takes stock of its first year of R&D activities. Twenty-three European countries are working on a variety of infrastructures that help today's researchers plan the detectors of the future - from linear colliders to neutrino facilities.

Around the World

Akira Yamamoto: new year, new role

by Rika Takahashi

You may know Akira Yamamoto as an ILC Project Manager. Already head of KEK’s cryogenics science centre, he is now wearing a third hat for the next Japanese fiscal year, as he has just been appointed new head of KEK's Linear Collider Project Office.

Director's Corner

HEPAP: advising DOE on the particle physics programme

by Barry Barish

HEPAP is the official advisory body to DOE for high-energy physics. At their recent meeting from 12 to 13 March, they dealt with US high-energy physics budgets, including future year projections, and how to reconcile them with the US high-energy physics programme. In the process, they covered a wide variety of topics ranging from the future of the US accelerator R&D programme to next-generation dark matter searches.

Image of the week

Light in the darkness

Image: KEK

KEK staff perform a facility disaster prevention and training at the accelerator test facility (ATF), recreating laboratory conditions in an emergency situation. One resourceful staff member flips open his cell phone for a light source.

In the News

  • from Black Hills Pioneer
    10 April 2012

    Sanford Underground Research Facility head Dr. Kevin Lesko said his team is working with collaborations that are responding to a Department of Energy call for proposals for a “next-generation” dark matter experiment.

  • from symmetry breaking
    9 April 2012

    In December, scientists on the ATLAS experiment at the LHC announced that they had unearthed in their data a never-before-seen particle composed of two bottom quarks, called Chi-b (P3). The DZero collaboration now has made public in a paper submitted to Physical Review D that they also see the Chi-b (P3) particle.

  • from BBC News
    5 April 2012

    Early on Thursday, opposing stable beams of protons were smashed into each other at four observation positions. The total collision energy in these bunches of sub-atomic particles was eight trillion electron volts (8TeV) – a world record.