Director's Corner

The CLIC 2014 workshop at CERN

| 7 November 2013

Artist’s impression of the CLIC accelerator at the foot of the Jura mountains. Image: CERN

As the worldwide linear collider community comes together during the LCWS 2013 meeting in Tokyo next week, the CLIC collaboration has already started to plan their next major event, the 2014 CLIC workshop at CERN from 3 to 7 February.

The yearly CLIC workshop brings together accelerator, detector and physics experts directly involved or connected to the CLIC project development. A large emphasis is put on presentations by young researchers, students and postdocs. In the 2013 workshop almost 300 participants and around 150 presentations demonstrated the vitality of the ongoing efforts and the important contribution of the young researchers in the CLIC studies. The 2014 workshop will follow the model from 2013, covering accelerator as well as detector and physics studies, addressing both the present status and the programme for the coming years. For the accelerator studies the workshop spans over five days, from 3 to 7 February, while for the detector and physics studies the workshop spans over 3 days, 3 to 5 February.

In addition to the obvious links to ILC activities and project development, the CLIC project is also engaged in an increasingly focused  effort towards developing options for future higher-energy machines at CERN after the LHC. The major options for hadrons and leptons, a higher-energy LHC in the existing tunnel or in a new 80-100 kilometre tunnel, or a linear collider based on CLIC technology, are supposed to be developed as options towards the next European Strategy update in five years time. Related to this overall framework, the CLIC workshop will start on Monday afternoon  with an open plenary session giving an overview of the CLIC project (accelerator, physics/detector) and linking to and involving related studies for machines at the energy frontier.

In the dedicated Accelerator and Detectors/Physics parallel sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday numerous collaboration presentations will cover all the activities inside the accelerator and detector/physics studies. Several accelerator streams will be run in parallel, covering parameters and design, X-band technologies, experimental verifications and system tests, implementation studies with particular focus on energy/power efficiency, including joint sessions as needed between the above. The technical development projects and presentation will be distributed on these sessions to encourage interactions between the developers and users/specifiers. Other parallel sessions will cover detector studies, R&D and associated physics studies. An Institute Board meeting on Tuesday evening will allow the more formal aspects of the detector and physics activities to be discussed.

There is an increased effort inside the CLIC project to look how various aspects of the CLIC technology can be used in applications outside particle physics, and consequently increase the industrial base for key elements of the technology. Such developments are highly encouraged by several of the CLIC collaboration partners as well as our industry partners, and we will therefore include a dedicated session in the CLIC workshop covering high gradient normal-conducting accelerators for industrial and medical applications as well as XFELs, using CLIC and other high-gradient technology developments. A similar session in January 2013 was very successful and well attended.

The workshop will be wrapped up by a plenary session on the Friday morning focusing on existing and future system tests addressing key CLIC project challenges. The open meetings are followed by a CLIC collaboration meeting Friday afternoon to discuss the main collaboration matters, and also allowing all the partners to raise particular issues relevant for their effort and future planning.

On the social side there will be reception Monday evening and a workshop dinner on Wednesday evening. After LCWS 2013 in Tokyo you are all welcome to CERN in February, and the registration opened already this week.

Steinar Stapnes

Steinar Stapnes is the European Representative in the ILC International Development Team's Executive Board.
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