LHC’s two-year shutdown drawing to a close

Two years after the team in the CERN Control Centre switched off the beams in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) on 14 February 2013 the LHC is set to start up again at the end of March. Hundreds of engineers and technicians have been repairing and strengthening the laboratory's accelerators and experiments in preparation for running the LHC at the higher energy. So what has the work achieved?

Live from Japan

Pounding in the New Year

by Bill Lewis

Two members of the ILC Support Committee took part in a traditional rice ball making and eating contest in the potential future home of the ILC. Here is their report.

Director's Corner

Evaluating technology spinoffs from ILC in Japan, and visits to Americas

by Harry Weerts

A group of Japanese researchers is on a world tour of research institutes. They are working on a study of the technological and economic spin-offs of the ILC project and trends in research around the world in the fields of particle and nuclear fields, commissioned by Japanese funding agency MEXT. Harry Weerts, LCC Director for the Americas, reports from their visit to the US.

Image of the week

Tech transfer from linear collider to LHC detector

by Barbara Warmbein

The CMS detector at CERN's Large Hadron Collider is very much a detector at work. It co-found the Higgs particle in 2012 and, although still in Lang-Shutdown-1 mode, it's ready for the second LHC run. In it: a piece of linear collider technology. Stay tuned for the whole story in a future issue of LC NewsLine.

In the News

  • from
    12 February 2015

    Der Brite Brian Foster ist ein Weltreisender in Sachen Teilchenphysik. Als er vor 30 Jahren erstmals nach Hamburg kam, wunderte er sich über geschlossene Geschäfte und endlos lange Antragsformulare. Jetzt lebt er wieder in Deutschland, und die Leute kommen ihm entspannter vor.

  • from Fermilab Today
    11 February 2015

    In 2015, Fermilab will intensify its LCLS-II contribution in the overlapping areas of superconducting radio-frequency (SRF) accelerator technology and cryogenics, critical components that distinguish LCLS-II from SLAC’s current LCLS facility, whose laser production has enabled noted scientific investigations in cancer treatment and other important areas.

  • from Fermilab Today
    11 February 2015

    The project scope included two large cryostats, four complicated top-plate assemblies, a new preparation area to install and instrument accelerating cavities for tests, expansion of the radio-frequency power and instrumentation systems, and extension of radiation shielding and safety interlocks.

  • from Scientific American
    7 February 2015

    Scientists take to YouTube for a video campaign shows international support for construction of the International Linear Collider.

  • from symmetry magazine
    5 February 2015

    A video campaign shows international support for construction of the International Linear Collider.