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Strengthening Asian capability in SCRF technology

by Rika Takahashi

Sixteen thousand – that’s the number of the superconducting radiofrequency (SCRF) accelerating cavities needed to build the 500-Giga-electronvolt linear collider. The fabrications of these 16 000 cavities will be divided between the three regions of Europe, the Americas, and Asia. This week, encouraging news about SCRF cavity fabrication came from Asia.


Some CLIC with your free-electron laser?

The CLIC study could transfer its X-band expertise to light sources and medical applications

by Barbara Warmbein

Particle physics has a long tradition of technologies serendipitously making their way into other realms of science or even everyday life. Think of the web or particle detectors for medical diagnostics. The scientists working on the CLIC accelerator, one of the potential successors of the Large Hadron Collider LHC, held a “High Gradient Day” specially targeted at industry during their workshop last week in order to catalyse the transfer of knowledge gathered over years of R&D.

Director's Corner

The CLIC workshop 2014

by Steinar Stapnes

The yearly CLIC collaboration meeting took place last month at CERN, welcoming more than 300 physicists from all over the world. After many strategy processes and deliberations, the discussions and presentations were refreshingly focused on the physics, technologies and scientific challenges for the next phase of the project. CLIC’s Steinar Stapnes, Associate Director for the Compact Linear Collider Study reports.

In the News

  • from wired
    3 March 2014

    Enter Particle Fever. The new documentary opens tomorrow in New York, and aims to demystify the years of LHC research that led to the discovery of the Higgs boson particle—as well as make it exciting for audiences to watch.

  • from Science
    3 March 2014

    In addition to teaching UIUC undergraduates, he spent years working on plans for the International Linear Collider and is part of an experiment called Mu2e at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), 200 kilometers to the north in Batavia, Illinois, that is looking for the morphing of muons into electrons.

  • from ars technica
    28 February 2014

    Could the tunnels we drilled for a collider in Texas house a Higgs factory?

  • from
    27 February 2014

    While the world’s largest circular particle accelerator – the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) – will continue operation for the next few years, scientists have already started the conversation to build a much bigger, post-LHC circular accelerator.

  • from The Guardian
    22 February 2014

    If we want to continue to probe the structure of matter, to understand what the smallest constituents of nature are and how they interact, we have to think big and plan for the long term. Possibilities include machines that would dwarf the Large Hadron Collider, and neutrino beams crossing half a continent.

  • from
    20 February 2014

    In the shorter term, the International Linear Collider, which will smash electrons together instead of protons to investigate dark energy and multiple dimensions, will be completed around 2026. The future of high-energy physics is bright indeed. I have a feeling that, over the next 20 years or so, the universe is going to be forced to cough up some very juicy secrets indeed.