Bubble wrap made of granite: the ILC and seismic activity

Why are we confident the ILC can be built in a seismic country?

by Daisy Yuhas

Isn't it a bad idea to build a high-tech high-precision particle accelerators machine in a country that is regularly shaken by earthquakes? Won't the machine have to be rebuilt from scratch when it all starts to move? LC NewsLine investigates what the various teams are doing to prepare the machine for a big shake and finds that granite can also serve as a kind of bubble wrap. "Shaken as one, restored as one" is the catchphrase.

Image of the week

Senior vice-minister of science of Japan visits CERN

Image: CERN

One hundred metres under Swiss roads and fields, Yoshitaka Sakurada, Senior Vice Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan, was pleased to discover the Japanese flag proudly displayed on an inner triplet magnet, one of the Japanese contributions to the Large Hadron Collider LHC at CERN. Guided in the LHC by LCC Director Lyn Evans and Asian Regional Director Akira Yamamoto, Sakurada and his team visited the tunnel and the ATLAS experiment, two examples of how international collaborations can achieve great things for science.

Director's Corner

Japanese government makes a move

by Hitoshi Murayama

We were all holding our breaths to see the Japanese government making an official move towards hosting the ILC. A small but significant move happened as a Christmas present with the release of the government budget proposal for the Japanese Fiscal Year 2014 which includes an official budget line for the ILC.

In the News

  • from Kahoku Shinpo
    19 January 2014

    「国際リニアコライダー(ILC)」の建設実現に向け、岩手県は17日、盛岡市で講演会「公民学連携によるまちづくり」を開いた。(Iwate prefecture organized the lecture on 17 January about the city development by the cooperation between goverment, public and academia toward the invitation of the ILC)

  • from The Financial
    17 January 2014

    “If successful, the sensors we will develop may find application in planned upgrades of the innermost parts of the experiments at the LHC or at the International Linear Collider project, proposed in Japan. We are also very keen to exploit this new technology to drive a wide range of applications beyond our field,” said Dr Joost Vossebeld, Project lead.

  • from CERN
    15 January 2014

    At a ceremony today at CERN, the Israeli flag was hoisted for the first time to join the other 20 flags of the organization’s Member States, after UNESCO officially recorded Israel’s accession as a new CERN Member State.

  • from Kahoku Shinpo
    14 January 2014

    12月末の2014年度政府予算で文部科学省が要求していた調査費1千万円が盛り込まれ、国も前向きな姿勢を鮮明にするなど環境は整ってきた。ILCとともに復興を速める両輪として実現を急ぎたい。(The budget for the photon source facility in Tohoku area was delivered in the JFY 2014 national budget. Together with the ILC, the photon source will be the core facilities for the area toward the promotion of the recovery act)

  • from Iwate Nippo
    10 January 2013

    岩手経済同友会の新年祝賀交歓会は9日、盛岡市内のホテルで開かれ、出席した県内企業のトップらは、東日本大震災からの復興推進と国際リニアコライダー(ILC)の誘致実現に向けた力の結集を誓い合った。(Members of Japan Association of Corporate Executives of Iwate met on 9 January and decided to cooperate to promote the region’s recovery and invitation of the ILC)