Director's Corner

A year in review

by Sachio Komamiya

With the Higgs boson safely bagged by the LHC and the TDR published the last months were eventful to say the least. Linear Collider Board chair Sachio Komamiya looks back at what happened, what was accomplished in 2013 and what still needs to be done to make the linear collider an operational project in Japan.

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From DESY inForm: Under one roof

New ILC cavity laboratory opens

by Gerrit Hörentrup (DESY)

One-stop (work)shopping for high-gradient cavities: in a new lab at DESY in Hamburg all inspection and treatment processes for cavities come together under one roof to make treatment faster and more reliable and prepare for serial production.

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Accelerating News: Synergies for testing Superconducting RF (SRF) cavities

CRISP, the "Cluster of Research Infrastructures for Synergies in Physics" is a European-funded project and one of its objectives is to upgrade and harmonise the SRF Accelerator Structures for ESS, ILC, LHC upgrade and the European XFEL. The activity supports an optimised surface treatment, the application of advanced test and preparation infrastructure as well as state-of-the-art diagnostics tools. Significant focus is laid on the knowledge transfer between ESS, CERN and DESY.

Read more in Accelerating News Winter 2013 issue

Image of the week

Numbers of the year

A picture says more than a thousand words, the old saying goes. But what about a number? A total of 2400 people signed the ILC Technical Design Report this year. They come from 392 institutes in 48 countries. While not yet in the realm of authors of an active experiment - the author number for recently published papers of the ATLAS collaboration, for example, is 2939 - the long list of names and institutes demonstrate both the past and present commitment to the project and an interest in future commitment.

In the News

  • from Asahi Shimbun
    18 December 2013

    ILCの国内候補地が北上山地に決まったことを受けて、誘致をしている宮城、岩手両県内の自治体関係者らが、仙台市泉区の東北インターナショナルスクールを視察した。(Following the announcement of Kitakami as a candidate site fro the ILC in Japan, officials from Iwate and Miyagi prefecture visited the Tohoku international school in Sendai.)

  • from CERN
    12 December 2013

    Israel contributes to the LHC and CLIC accelerators, and operates a tier-2 centre of the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid.

  • from Science, blog de Libération
    11 December 2013

    (..) Michel Spiro,(…) présente les alternatives (…) qui «sont discutées par la communauté. La première permettrait d’aller plus vite mais serait restreinte à un maximum de 500 GeV (milliards d’électronvolts): c’est une technologie appelée ILC (Collisionneur linéaire international), un accélérateur linéaire électron-positon basé sur des cavités supraconductrices comme celles qu’utilisent les Allemands à Hambourg pour faire du rayonnement synchrotron.(..) »

  • from Kahoku Shinpo
    10 December 2013

    ILCの国内候補地に北上山地が決まったことを受け、岩手県一関市は庁内連絡会議を設置し、第1回会合を9日、市役所で開いた。(Following the announcement of Kitakami mountain as a national candidate site for the ILC, Ichinoseki-city established the conference of the executives to discuss the city’s role and share.)

  • from CNN
    8 December 2013

    It may take an even more powerful machine than the Large Hadron Collider to find out. Discussions are in the works about a next-generation accelerator, the International Linear Collider, which could make even more precise measurements about components of our universe we know little about.

  • from Symmetry Magazine
    5 December 2013

    “The idea that you could accelerate and collide a beam of particles and antiparticles in the same machine was completely different. ADA proved that this idea was correct and opened the possibility for a long line of particle and antiparticle colliders.”

  • from Symmetry Magazine
    5 December 2013

    Thanks to a CERN-based publishing initiative called the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics, or SCOAP3, articles from 10 peer-reviewed journals will be available online; authors will retain their copyrights; and new licenses will enable wide re-use of content.