Director's Corner

The 2014 ICFA seminar in Beijing

by Harry Weerts

The recent ICFA seminar addressed many topics and chartered the future physics landscape to fine and, if in the further future, less fine detail, says Harry Weerts, Americas Regional Director for the Linear Collider Collaboration. But he thinks one important thing is lacking: a mechanism on how to achieve consensus on what constitutes the global programme for particle physics in the future.

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Governor of Iwate prefecture visits CERN

Image: Kenichi Yoshida

Takuya Tasso, Governor of Iwate Prefecture in Japan, visited CERN on 10 November. He wanted to see CERN's activities as a laboratory at the frontier of particle physics and its contribution to world-wide science and education, as well as learn about its social impact.

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From Fermilab Today: New technique for generating RF power may dramatically cut linac costs

by Troy Rummler

A team at Fermilab has developed a new technique to use a magnetron to power a superconducting radio-frequency accelerating cavity, potentially saving hundreds of millions of dollars in the construction and operating costs of future linear accelerators.

In the News

  • from Iwate Nippo
    10 November 2014

    達増知事は10日、CERNを訪問した。ILCの計画実現に向け、ロルフ・ディエター・ホイヤー所長、ILC国際研究者のトップで、リニアコライダー・コラボレーション(LCC)のディレクターのリン・エバンス氏と意見交換した。エバンス氏は「北上に向けて設計のデザインを始めている。日本政府の早い決断が必要」と対応を急ぐべきだと強調した。Iwate prefecture governor, Tatsuya Tasso visited CERN on 10 November, and discussed with CERN Director general, Rolf Heuer, and LCC Director, Lyn Evance about the realisation of the ILC. Evans said “We are on the site specific design for the construction at Kitakami site. We are waiting for the decision by Japanese government.”

  • from Science
    7 November 2014

    A kilometers-long particle accelerator may epitomize big science, but a team of physicists has taken a key step toward doing the same job with a much smaller machine.

  • from The Conversation
    5 November 2014

    Scientists working on an experiment at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in the US have taken a step forward in developing a technology which could significantly reduce the size of particle accelerators.

  • from nature
    5 November 2014

    Surfing ‘wakefield’ waves boosts electron energies over short distances.