Director's Corner

LHC commissioning continues in spite of obstacles

by Lyn Evans

After almost two years of major work on the machine and its detectors, the Large Hadron Collider is in the middle of the so-called commissioning phase. During the roughly two months of commissioning, the operators check out every little system in the large complex that is the LHC. LCC Director and former LHC project leader Lyn Evans watches and learns from the sidelines.

Image of the week

“ILC to Japan!”

The people of Iwate prefecture in northern Japan – the potential future home of the ILC – go to great lengths to show their support for the collider project. Banners under cherry blossoms and bumper stickers are just a few of the many examples of visible support – here are a few impressions from a recent visit of the interaction collaboration to the region.

Video of the week

Researchers and nobel laureates support the ILC

Nobel laureates Toshihide Maskawa, Masatoshi Koshiba, David Gross and Burton Richter join the #mylinearcollider campaign. Plus as a little bonus a compilation of some of the videos collected during the campaign so far. Can you find yourself?

Around the World

From TRIUMF: Tokyo Gathering Reaffirms Case for the ILC

At the ILC Tokyo Symposium, held on April 22, 2015 at the Ito International Hall in Tokyo, Japan, members of the Linear Collider Collaboration (LCC) issued a statement confirming their conviction of the scientific justification for a prompt realization of the International Linear Collider (ILC). The event included more than 300 global participants from the Asian Linear Collider Workshop (ALCW) 2015, members of the high-energy physics community, government officials, ambassadors and members of the press.

In the News

  • from CERN
    7 May 2015

    A new agreement between the United States and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) signed today will pave the way for renewed collaboration in particle physics, promising to yield new insights into fundamental particles and the nature of matter and our universe.

  • from DESY
    6 May 2015

    Study shows ways to reduce unwelcome whitish fat bloom

  • from Iwate Nippo
    May 2 2015

    4月26日からの訪米日程を終え1日帰国した超党派のリニアコライダー国際研究所建設推進議員連盟の副会長、鈴木俊一衆院議員は「(4月28日に米ハドソン研究所で行われた)円卓会議で日本と米国の議員による『日米科学・技術協力推進議連』の創設を目指すことになった。この組織はILCなどの加速器、宇宙開発、エネルギー、次世代コンピューターなど先端科学分野で包括的に日米で共同事業を進める」と述べた。(Deputy director general of Japan’s ILC Diet members association, Shun-ichi Suzuki, who visited Washington from 26 April said “At the roundtable meeting held at Hudson Institute on 28 April, we agreed to form US-Japan political association for the promotion of science and technology. This organization will discuss and promote US-Japan comprehensive collaboration on scientific fields, such as accelerator, space development, energy or next generation computing.”

  • from de Volkskrant
    1 May 2015

    Deeltjesfysici studeren al jaren op manieren om de deeltjeswereld te bestuderen bij nog veel hogere botsingsenergie dan de LHC levert. Zo is er ook een programma voor een deeltjesbotser in Japan, die bestaat uit twee rechte op elkaar gerichte bundels, de International Linear Collider.