Director's Corner

The poster for this year’s Linear Collider Accelerator School

Linear Collider Accelerator School

by Barry Barish

A very talented group of accelerator physicists have come together from around the world to develop the technologies and design for a next-generation lepton collider that will complement CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. Who better to learn accelerator physics from? The International Accelerator School for Linear Colliders to be held in Indore, India, next autumn offers this opportunity and applications are being accepted now for this year’s school.

Around the World

Spain holds the 40th “International Meeting on Fundamental Physics” and the “Cantabria Campus Nobel”

by Manuel Aguilar and Alberto Ruiz Jimeno

Spain was recently host to two international physics and science encounters: the 40th International Meeting on Fundamental Physics and the Cantabria Campus Nobel. While one was pivotal for the Spanish high-energy physics landscape, the other offered a unique opportunity for scientists from all ages and backgrounds to exchange ideas.


The vision to invite the ILC laid out

by Rika Takahashi

On 10 July, governors, industrial leaders, and local officials of Japan’s northeastern area got together to attend a general meeting of the Tohoku Advanced Science and Technology Study Group. In the northeastern part of Japan, or Tohoku, activities towards inviting the ILC to the area has been intensified ever since the ILC was positioned as one of the promising means to recover from the disastrous earthquake occurred last year.

Image of the week

Particle Partitas premiere in Germany

Image: DESY, Thies Rätzke

Brian Foster has many hobbies, including music and running the European part of the Global Design Effort as European Regional Director. He recently staged the German premiere of the musical piece “Particle Partitas”, specially written by composer and physicist Edward Cowie and musician Jack Liebeck for an “unusual interaction of music and particle physics”, in the DESY auditorium. This is one of a series of performance lectures by Brian Foster (on microphone and violin) and Jack Liebeck on the violin. They were joined this time by pianist Danny Driver.

In the News

  • from The Australian
    11 July

    At the top of the wish list is a new collider. The options are a super high-energy version of the circular Large Hadron Collider, which provided evidence that the so-called God particle exists, or a linear collider, which would explore the questions of deep physics and the earliest moments.

  • from
    9 July

    Tačiau bėda ta, kad reikiamos energijos elektronų-pozitronų greitintuvas būtų dar didesnis nei LHC. Pasiūlymas statyti tokį įrenginį, Tarptautinį linijinį greitintuvą (angl. International Linear Collider, ILC), pateiktas jau senokai, tačiau turint omenyje 20 mlrd. JAV dolerių siekiančią jo kainą, norą prisidėti išreiškė vos kelios šalys.

  • from The Herald News
    7 July

    Already the lab has been laying the groundwork for several new endeavors at the frontiers of physics — a high-intensity proton accelerator, equipment for the Dark Energy Survey that will help scientists understand the cosmic frontier, and a proposed International Linear Collider that would complement the work being done at CERN.

  • from New Scientist
    5 July 2012

    Particle physicists’ traditional answer to this problem has been to suggest building a machine to collide electrons and their antiparticles, positrons. Unlike protons, electrons are elementary particles, so don’t disintegrate on impact, making it clearer what is produced when they collide.