Special issue: Celebrating ten years since Snowmass (and ten years of NewsLine)

Ten years ago, scientists from all over the world gathered in the picturesque town of Snowmass in the US to constitute a new global collaboration for a future particle collider called the International Linear Collider. People who had worked on several different concepts for a linear collider reshuffled to work together on the ILC and its challenging technologies. They researched, designed, tested and improved the machine's design and continue to do so to this day, hoping for a governmental go-ahead. However, the ILC is not the only concept for a collider to complement the LHC at CERN. What has happened in these ten years, and where does the project stand today?

Director's Corner

Ten Years and Counting…

Former GDE Director Barry Barish revisits the project he led for eight years

by Barry Barish

As is appropriate for an anniversary issue, this week's Director's Corner is authored by Barry Barish, who led the project from its conception in 2005 through major milestones up to the publication of the Technical Design report in 2013 and the formation of the Linear Collider Collaboration. He looks back at past achievements and advises the linear community to remain very, very patient.


And Still They Will Collide

by Barbara Warmbein

Is the beam delivery system delivering? Ten years ago, at the Global Design Effort’s formative meeting in Snowmass, Colorado, ILC communicator Perrine Royole-Degieux interviewed Phil Burrows, then professor at Queen Mary University of London, about the beam delivery system. How has the home straight where the particle bunches get squeezed, focused and brought to collision, evolved in a decade?


The Big Milestone Timeline

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First editions

The design is clunky, but the faces look familiar: the very first issue of NewsLine was published on 18 August 2005. It had lots of live coverage from the meeting in Snowmass that more or less officially started a global R&D project for the International Linear Collider. It made scientists from different collider and R&D backgrounds work together towards the goal of eventually building the next big adventure in particle physics.

Some 400 issues of ILC / LC NewsLine later the accelerator and detector designs have matured a lot, the project has experienced some ups, some downs and has taken many "important steps towards realisation," including the selection of a possible site in northern Japan.

While R&D continues and the community keenly anticipates results from the LHC's run 2, the project is now at a stage where its realisation is down to political decisions rather than technological challenges.

Have a look at the first edition and the archive and send us your personal memories of highlights from the last ten years ans hopes for the next ten!

In the News

  • from symmetry magazine
    18 Augsut 2015

    How can we figure out when the universe began?

  • from CERN
    17 August 2015

    The ALICE experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN has made a precise measurement of the difference between ratios of the mass and electric charge of light nuclei and antinuclei.

  • from Oshu city
    11 August 2015

    New episode of “Oshu for You” with members of the ILC Support Committee, Episode 12 “Esashi Fujiwara no Sato.” Watch Amanda from Iwate prefecture trying to shoot an arrow like Katniss in the Hunger Games.

  • from Argonne National Laboratory
    10 August 2015

    Hendrik (Harry) Joseph Weerts has been named the associate laboratory director for the Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) directorate at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. Weerts has served in the role on an interim basis since May 2014.

  • from Iwate Nichi Nichi
    8 August 2015

    設置された竹飾りは計57本。誘致が期待される次世代の大型加速器「国際リニアコライダー(ILC)」の文字を組み入れたものなど工夫を凝らした作品が並んだ。(At the Tanabata Star festival, total of 57 bamboo decorations was displayed, which design included ILC)