Director's Corner

An ILC Higgs factory – is it enough?

by Nick Walker

GDE Project Manager Nick Walker reports from a focused, positive and lively meeting in Cracow and the impact the discussions can have on the ILC. Would a staged approach - starting at 250 GeV to make the ILC a Higgs factory and ramping up to 500 GeV later - make for a cheaper machine? Where are the potential savings, and how long would it take to build an ILC Higgs factory?

Around the World

Japan’s key figures back the ILC

by Rika Takahashi

A week after the CERN’s announcement of the discovery of the Higgs-like particle, a group of experts in various field in Japan issued recommendations entitled Creation of Global Cities by hosting the International Linear Collider.


Grassroots master plan includes a Higgs factory

Particle physics community from Europe and beyond discusses future strategy

by Barbara Warmbein

Some 500 particle physicists from Europe and beyond met in Cracow, Poland, in September to kick-start the update of the European Strategy for Particle Physics, an initiative by the CERN Council that sets the European pace for global planning and cooperation on future projects in particle physics around the world. With the recent discovery of the Higgs-like particle at the LHC, a Higgs factory is high up on the wish list.

Image of the week

Chancellor Merkel’s first cavity

Image: DESY, Marco Urban

Chancellor Angela Merkel visited DESY on 19 September for a hall baptism: the experimental hall of DESY's light source PETRA III is now officially named Max von Laue, after the discoverer of diffraction of X-rays. DESY DG Helmut Dosch presents the German chancellor (who was a physicist before she became a politician) with a miniature accelerator cavity. In her speech, Merkel stressed the importance of fundamental research, freedom of science and the importance to communicate results. Check DESY's press release for more links, the chancellor's full speech (in German) and images.

In the News

  • from Vision Systems
    25 September 2012

    The International Linear Collider is a proposed electron-positron collider that will complement the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a proton-proton collider at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland. Inside the collider, superconducting accelerator cavities operating at temperatures near absolute zero provide the particles with an increasing amount of energy until they collide at the centre of the machine.

  • from
    25 September 2012

    まったく異なる解決策だが、非常に進んだ計画段階にあるのが、国際リニアコライダー(International Linear Collider)のような電子・陽電子リニア線形衝突型加速器だ。この計画のために以前から物理学者の国際的なコンソーシアムが働いていて、いまのところ予想されるコストは67億ドルだ。(google translation)

  • from SLAC
    24 September 2012

    Accelerator physicists at SLAC have started commissioning the world’s most compact photoinjector – a device that spits out electrons when hit by light.

  • from
    24 September 2012

    They study tiny things…

  • from Iwate Nippo
    23 September 2012

    本県の北上山地(北上高地)と脊振(せふり)山地(福岡、佐賀両県)が国内候補地となっている大型線形加速器国際リニアコライダー(ILC)について、研究者や候補地域の関係者らは来年夏までに国内候補地を一つに絞る方向だ。(There are two ILC candidate sites in Japan: Kitakami and Sefuri. Scientists and involved parties aims to choose one candidate site by next summer.)

  • from Nikkei Online
    22 September 2012

    新センターには、CERNでの実験に引き続き参加する部門のほか、ILCの九州誘致を進めるため、脊振山地の地質調査やILCを中心とした学術都市計画を検討する部門を設ける。(The new center will have a department to promote the research at CERN’s experiment, and a department to study the geological survey at Sefuri mountains, one of the ILC candidate site, and to discuss about urban planning centering the ILC as a core laboratory.)

  • from CERN
    20 September 2012

    Geneva, 20 September 2012. CERN[1] Council today elected Professor Agnieszka Zalewska as its 21st President for a period of one year renewable twice, with a mandate starting on 1 January 2013. Professor Zalewska takes over from Michel Spiro who comes to the conclusion of his three-year term at the end of December.