Cool sensors: new silicon detectors have their fridges built in

How 3D printing could get to the heart of the ILC detectors

by Marcel Vos (researcher at IFIC Valencia and member of the DEPFET collaboration)

Silicon-based devices for the detection of charged particles form the core of every modern collider experiment. As position-sensitive devices get thinner and thinner, supports and services must be more and more integrated into the sensor itself. IFIC Valencia, HLL-MPG Munich and Bonn University show the viability and cooling performance of a process that integrates the cooling channels in the active silicon sensor.

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From metal sheet to particle accelerator (part 3 of 3)

Into the yellow pipes

by Ricarda Laasch

If you're an electron, a ride in a cavity is pretty much the coolest thing that can happen to you. If you're an accelerator and you need huge numbers of cavities you better make sure they're all of outstanding quality – which is what the X-ray free-electron laser European XFEL under construction in Hamburg has just finished. In a series first published in DESY inForm, we look at how a niobium sheet turns into a curvy beauty. Part three describes how they make their way from test benches into the cryomodules and, finally, into the tunnel.

Director's Corner

What Is Basic Science Good For?

by Hitoshi Murayama

Humans are curious creatures, always trying to make sense of the world around them. Basic science pushed the humankind forward and will continue to do with projects like the LHC and the ILC. Hitoshi Murayama, Deputy Director of the Linear Collider Collaboration and enthusiastic public lecturer explains why.

Image of the week

National Lab Day

Image: Argonne, Mark Lopez

Fermilab, SLAC, JLab, Brookhaven, Argonne... these are all major players in particle physics and accelerator R&D. They are also the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) "national labs". All national research labs came to Washington, D.C. on 20 April to show their work to members of Congress and other visitors. Pictured is Dick Durbin, Illinois senator, giving his address. DOE has 17 national laboratories that address a variety of scientific and technological challenges to energy, environmental and national security. The laboratories employ more than 30,000 scientists, engineers and support staff in 19 states, and operate major scientific facilities for the benefit of the nation’s research and development community.

In the News

  • from Mainichi Shimbun
    11 May 2016

    市立胆沢中学校の建設工事現場のフェンスに6日、素粒子実験施設「国際リニアコライダー」と夢をテーマにした絵が掲示された。絵は、同地区の中学生や保育園児が描いたという。(On the fence of construction site for Isawa Junior high school in Oshu city, Iwate prefecture, big drawing with a ILC as a theme was posted on 6 May. This drawing was produced by kindergartner and junior high school students in the city)

  • from Popular Science
    9 May 2016

    …. the Infinity machine was built to help measure components for the proposed Compact Linear Collider, a new particle accelerator that would smash together different types particles than the existing Large Hadron Collider.

  • from Daily Engineering and Construction news
    9 May 2016

    岩手県は北上山地に「国際リニアコライダー」(ILC)を誘致するための取り組みを本格化する。本年度の早い時期に課長・部長級職員らで構成する庁内の検討組織を立ち上げ、事業計画の検討や誘致に向けた働き掛けを強める方針だ。(Iwate prefecture shift into full swing about their activity toward the realization of the ILC in Kitakami region. They will establish new framework consist of department head and chief-class staffs, and discuss the plan and make representations toward the ILC.)

  • from newswise
    5 May 2016

    Since the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory powered up its “linac” half a century ago, the 2-mile-long particle accelerator has driven a large number of successful research programs in particle physics, accelerator development and X-ray science. Now, the historic particle highway is getting a makeover that will pave the way for more groundbreaking research.

  • from iBC
    5 May 2016

    ILC=国際リニアコライダーの計画について、楽しみながら理解を深めてもらおうと、一関市が「ILCかるた」を、市内の小学校や児童クラブに配付しました。(Ichinoseki-city distributed ILc playing cards to elementary schools in the city to gain understanding of the ILC)