Press Release: International Linear Collider completes draft of its design report

Handover ceremony on 15 December in Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, 15 December. The draft of the Technical Design Report (TDR) for the planned International Linear Collider ILC was handed over to Jonathan Bagger, the chair of the International Linear Collider Steering Committee (ILCSC), at an official ceremony in Tokyo, Japan, on 15 December. This draft is the product of many years of research and development and a series of in-depth technical reviews for the ILC, the potential next-generation particle collider to complement and advance beyond the physics of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. The handing over of the TDR draft marks the ILC's major step towards the completion of its final design.

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Exciting time for the ILC technical design

by Rika Takahashi

After the official handover ceremony of the TDR draft in Tokyo last Saturday, ILC experts, policy makers and members of industry discussed the potential of building the ILC in Japan. One conclusion was that physicists from all over the world would be welcome in Japan, even though they may be considered strange by some.

Director's Corner

Mitigating electron cloud effects for the ILC

by Barry Barish

One of the key objectives of the ILC R&D programme during the Technical Design Phase has been to characterise electron cloud effects in an ILC-like low-emittance positron damping ring and to test proposed mitigation techniques. The centerpiece of our efforts has been the CesrTA programme that involved reconfiguring it as an ILC-like low emittance ring and instrumenting it to carry out these studies. CesrTA has been a highly successful experimental programme, leading to reliable mitigation strategies for the ILC positron damping rings.

Image of the week

Bye bye DORIS

Image: DESY

The German lab DESY is saying good-bye to one of its accelerator workhorses, the DORIS ring. On 2 January 2013 the final beam will go round its tunnel. It has already stopped being a light source: the last positron beam reached the HASYLAB experimental huts on 22 October. Between then and now, DORIS reverted to its original raison d’etre: an accelerator for particle physics.

Video of the week

The video of the year

Video: CERN Video productions

Relive the most exciting scientific moment of the year (and possibly the decade) - watch the announcement of the discovery of a new particle at the Large Hadron Collider again. And again.

In the News

  • from nature
    19 December 2012

    Editorial: Japanese scientists deserve support in their bid for the next big collider.

  • from Heise
    18 December 2012

    Nun gab Barry Barrish, der Leiter des Projekts, bekannt, dass er Japan für den eindeutig aussichtsreichsten ILC-Standort hält.

  • from Staple News
    18 December 2012

    Will Japan build the next generation of particle collider? The International Linear Collider could help particle physicists study the Higgs boson, the particle that helps endow all others with mass. The ILC exists only on paper and will cost billions to build. (with nature video)

  • from Science
    17 December 2012

    LDP campaigned heavily on reviving Japan’s stagnant economy through spending on public works, including at least one big science project. The party platform specifically mentions support for the proposed International Linear Collider, a $10 billion physics project that Japan’s high-energy physicists are anxious to host.

  • from Physics Today
    17 December 2012

    With extra funding available from its post-earthquake and tsunami reconstruction efforts and multiparty political support, Japan is making a concerted effort to win the project.

  • from IPNL
    17 December 2012

    Après le grand accélérateur de particules LHC, l’accélérateur ILC est le prochain collisionneur susceptible de révolutionner nos connaissances sur la physique et les origines de l’Univers.

  • from Jiji Press
    16 December 2012

    A technical design report for an envisioned large next-generation particle accelerator has been completed and was submitted to a committee overseeing the project at an official ceremony in Tokyo on Saturday.

  • from Wales Online
    16 December 2012

    Lyn Evans has now come out of retirement to be early project director of the LHC’s planned big brother – the cataclysmic Linear Collider.

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    December 2012

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  • from Nature
    14 December 2012

    Physicists seek home for the multi-billion-dollar International Linear Collider. With video:

  • from Science
    14 December 2012

    On 15 December, scientists will celebrate the completion of the technical design report for their dream machine, the International Linear Collider. But figuring out where to build it and who will pay for it will be an even bigger challenge.