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Doing the cryomodule shuffle

Fermilab completes CM1 run, soon to install CM2

by Leah Hesla

Out with the old, in with the new! Having completed a successful run of tests on Cryomodule 1, Fermilab researchers remove it from its current home and install Cryomodule 2. The new device’s components have shown promise, and with the experience from the earlier cryomodule brought to bear on the next, the team hopes to realise the ILC gradient goals at Fermilab before long.

Research Director's Report

Building a home for the ILC detectors

This month's Research Director's Report was written by Karsten Büßer (DESY), Convener of the Machine-Detector Interface Common Task Group

by Karsten Büßer

The ILC detectors have found a home - at least on paper and if they are not to be built in a mountainous region. The process of designing the caverns for the ILC's future detectors centres on optimising space usage and making the system as efficient as possible.

Director's Corner

The role of professional societies

by Barry Barish

Most of us belong to a professional society that serves many of our professional needs throughout our career as practicing scientists. I have belonged to the American Physical Society since I was a graduate student in Berkeley, and last year I had the privilege of serving as APS President for 2011. It has become customary for each outgoing President to summarise his or her presidential year for APS, and I repeat my summary in order to give a picture of the activities of such a professional society.

Image of the week

New bison at Fermilab

Image: Cindy Arnold

Two new male bison, or bulls, were delivered to Fermilab earlier this month. New bulls are rotated into the Fermilab herd every few years. Read more about it in Fermilab Today.

In the News

  • from Nature News Blog
    18 April 2012

    IceCube, an ice-bound telescope that looks for neutrinos rather than photons, has cast doubt on the long-held assumption that gamma-ray bursts are responsible for the highest-energy cosmic rays that rocket around the Universe.

  • from Nature
    18 April 2012

    Yet neutrino speed is still a prime focus for the MINOS physicists, who are carrying out their own high-precision measurement — not least because they did not do this when they saw hints of a faster-than-light neutrino in their own data some years ago.

  • from The Daily Yomiuri
    16 April 2012

    Meanwhile, Kyushu and Saga universities, along with the Fukuoka and Saga prefectural governments and others, are developing the idea of attracting a huge experimental facility and establishing an international research town to lure several thousand researchers to come and live from around the world. What they are trying to attract is the International Linear Collider.

  • from BBC News
    13 April 2012

    The Majorana fermion was first predicted 75 years ago – a particle that could be its own anti-particle. Now Dutch researchers, who have devised some exotic and minute circuitry to test for the Majorana’s existence, believe their results show the fermion to be real.

  • from Interactions
    12 April 2012

    An international team of researchers led by Masamune Oguri at Kavli IPMU and Naohisa Inada at Nara National College of Technology conduced an unprecedented survey of gravitationally lensed quasars, and used it to measure the expansion history of the universe. The result provides strong evidence that the expansion of the universe is accelerating.

  • from Physics World
    12 April 2012

    Two teams developing rival designs for an international linear collider will continue with their own separate blueprints – even though both teams are joining forces at the organizational level.

  • from symmetry breaking
    11 April 2012

    The world’s two most mature proposals for a collider complementary to the Large Hadron Collider are joining collaborative forces.