Director's Corner

Updating the physics case for the ILC

by Hitoshi Yamamoto

The physics case of the ILC boils down to three main points, says Hitoshi Yamamoto, Director for Physics and Detectors in the Linear Collider Collaboration. A physics case is a scientific justification based on studies and theory. And while the case for the linear collider has been made many times, the LC physics community thinks that it is now much clearer.

Live from Japan

Morioka: placed at the “crossroads” of Japan

by Dean H. Ruetzler

The latest Live from Japan piece proudly presents the city of Morioka, quite possibly a place where ILC researchers would go regularly for a bit of sightseeing. The author is an American who has lived in the city for years.


Ready for the jump

by Barbara Warmbein

The Large Hadron Collider is about to start up again as an almost new machine and almost twice the previous collision energy. With first beams possibly circulating by the end of the month and first collisions expected for the beginning of summer, physicists around the world cannot wait to see what the collisions of Run 2 will reveal. Will there be first signs of supersymmetry, a possible key to the as yet locked dark universe? What will the properties of the Higgs boson reveal? Will there be unexpected peaks in the data? And how do these results translate to the ILC? LC NewsLine speaks to two theoretical physicists.

Video of the week

The ILC is a fantastic accelerator, Nobel says

by Perrine Royole-Degieux

Professor David Gross speaks in strong support for the International Linear Collider, a "fantastic new accelerator". He says that for the exploation of the properties of the Higgs‬, the promise of new particles, forces and a new understanding the ILC is one of "the most exciting prospects." He says the he "applauds the Japanese government and Japanese colleagues for leading the effort to host the ILC in Japan, and I trust and hope that the international community will join this effort." David Gross was awarded the ‪NobelPrize‬ in Physics in 2004 along with Frank Wilczek and David Politzer. He is a theoretical physicist at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at UC Santa Barbara.

In the News

  • from CERN
    17 March 2015

    The combined mass of the Higgs boson is mH = 125.09 ± 0.24 (0.21 stat. ± 0.11 syst.) GeV, which corresponds to a measurement precision of better than 0.2%.

  • from Kahoku Shinpo
    16 March 2015

    石川幹子中央大教授は、北上エリアが環境、文化面で優位性を持つ半面、研究所計画と合わせた広域的な将来構想を欠いていると課題を指摘。「震災復興や人口減少対策とリンクした長期的なビジョンが必要だ」と訴えた。Mikiko Ishikawa, Professor of Chuo University, said that the Tohoku area has environment and cultural superiority. However she pointed out that the area lacks the the broad-based future concept along with the research planning, “we need a long-term vision linked with the earthquake reconstruction and population decline in the area.”

  • from Le Monde
    16 mars 2015

    L’idée est de faire de cette machine une sorte d’usine à boson de Higgs, capable de cerner les moindres recoins de la théorie. Si le LHC a identifié quelques centaines de ce nouveau venu, l’ILC en récolterait 70 000 et le FCC 2 millions selon les calculs prometteurs.

  • from New Scientist NL
    15 March 2015

    Sommige wetenschappers beweren dat botsingen tussen protonen niet de ideale manier zijn om de natuurkunde voorbij het standaardmodel te brengen. Er bestaan plannen voor preciezere elektronenversnellers: de International Linear Collider die misschien in Japan gebouwd gaat worden, of een circulaire deeltjesversneller bij Cern die tot wel 100 kilometer lang kan worden.

  • from The Japan Times
    9 March 2015

    As the disaster-hit Tohoku region struggles to recover from the deadly tsunami four years ago, many residents have hopes for what is considered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to galvanize the area’s resurrection.

    Chances are the region may host the International Linear Collider, a state-of-the-art research facility physicists worldwide hope will shed light on the secrets of the universe.

  • from Tokyo Shinmbun
    1 March 2015

    KEK機構長を二〇〇六年度から務め、任期満了に伴い三月末で退任する。四月からは岩手県立大の学長として、人材育成やILCの国内誘致の実現に力を注ぐ。(Suzuki will leave KEK to Iwate Prefectural University as a President in April. He will contribute his energy for the development of human resources, and realization of the ILC construction in Japan)