Director's Corner

It’s all about respect

by Lyn Evans

Our particle physics community is a model of peaceful collaboration, independent of gender, race, religion or sexual orientation. In today’s world, where gender discrimination and racism are becoming more and more prevalent, we should pride ourselves on our community’s role model status. Let's make sure that our own high standards do not slip.


Pandora: opening the box for neutrino experiments

by Barbara Warmbein

Pattern recognition rules in particle physics. When particles collide, many things happen at the same time and in a very fast sequence within fractions of a second. In order to tell everyday events from rare ones, particle physicists use pattern recognition software to quickly scan and classify pictures from the collisions.


The Art of Linear Colliders

by Nikolai Promies, DESY

Every scientist can tell you about the beauty of his or her research. But while a small bump in a curve may delight particle physicists, most people just see a bunch of coloured lines. And the perfection of a complex theoretical model is evident only for a select few. Probably everybody would agree that science has made our world a better place. But who would say that it helps to make our lives more beautiful?

Video of the week

Let them collide!

by Barbara Warmbein

This animation, created by Rey.Hori, shows what happens when electrons and positrons collide in the ILD detector, one of the planned detectors for the future ILC. Many collisions will happen at the same time around the clock, producing a vast array of possible processes, or events. This animation shows the example of one possible collision event involving the Higgs boson. Here’s a guide to what happens in the clip.

In the News

  • from CERN
    14 February 2017

    Just 20% of CERN’s community are women, and CERN wants to improve on this. To encourage and attract more women to choose science, particularly physics, as a career CERN is holding events for both Gender in Physics Day (link is external) and the International Day of Women in Science (link is external).Last week, female scientists working at CERN visited local schools, to try to inspire the next generation of women in science.

  • from CERN Ombuds
    14 February 2017

    It is said that privilege is invisible to the privileged, and not only is it difficult for the majority to recognise the insidious barriers of organisational culture that minority groups face, it is sometimes equally difficult for those within the minority who have succeeded in overcoming them to grasp. (…) Indeed, a woman who walks into a meeting room surrounded by photographs of only male scientists, picks up a document that says that “the masculine gender shall be understood as referring to both genders”, or works in an environment where all her superiors are male may well ask herself what would happen if the situation were reversed.

  • from CERN
    13 February 2017

    [Manuela Cirilli] laments the fact that women are still in a minority in laboratories, especially in positions of responsibility. “There is no magic formula. We have to promote careers in science, encourage women and, most importantly, show that when women are selected, it’s because they deserve it.”

  • from Komei Shimbun
    11 February 2017

    宇宙創生の謎に迫る研究拠点として世界中の注目を浴びる「国際リニアコライダー」(ILC)。その建設に向けた検討が、文部科学省を中心に進んでいる。科学技術立国をめざす日本にとって大きな意義を持つだけに、議論の行方を注視したい。(International Linear Collider” (ILC) which draws attention all over the world as a research hub to approach the mystery of the universe. The examination for the construction is advanced mainly by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. I want to pay attention to the way of discussion just because it has great significance for Japan aiming at a science and technology nation.)

  • from Kitakami Times
    10 February 2017

    This year will prove to be an important one for the International Linear Collider project. All signs indicate that the Japanese national government will make their decision whether or not to host the ILC sometime from the end of 2017 to 2018. It is vital for all related parties to continue to urge the government to host the project, but we also must be prepared – if and when the green light is given to the ILC, all of us must be ready to “accelerate” ILC initiatives. To that end, Shigeki Chiba, Vice-governor of Iwate travelled to Europe in January 2017 to see some of its large scientific research facilities … and to glean insights that will be helpful as Iwate prepares an environment that can receive the ILC.

  • from Iwate Nippo
    9 February 2017

    She also stressed the need for increasing awareness of the ILC among young people, as today’s middle and high school students may be leading ILC research by the time the facility is created.
    Translation provided by Iwate & the ILC website. Read original article (in Japanese) here.

  • from Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung
    5 February 2017

    Der große Teilchenbeschleuniger bei Genf läuft noch bis zum Jahr 2035 auf Hochtouren. Doch irgendwann ist alles entdeckt, was sich damit entdecken lässt. Dann brauchen die Elementarteilchenphysiker etwas Stärkeres. Die Planungen laufen bereits. (paid content)

  • from Kahoku Shinpo
    26 January 2017

    東北経済連合会は25日、2030年を目標年次に、新潟を含む東北7県の将来像と戦略を描く新たな長期ビジョン「わきたつ東北~結び、はぐくみ、未来をひらく」を発表した。–「国際リニアコライダー(ILC)」と東北放射光施設の誘致実現いった方策を列挙し、数値目標=表=を示した。(Tohoku Economic Federation published its long-term vision toward 2030, envisioned the future picture of 7 prefectures in Tohoku area by setting a strategies. The numerical target for each visions, include inviting the ILC and Tohoku Light source, was presented in the document.)

  • from IBC News
    22 January 2017

    このコンクールは岩手県県南広域振興局が行ったもので、264作品の応募がありました。 (The award ceremony for the ILC drawing competition was held on 22 January in Oshu city, Iwate Prefecture. 264 elementary school students submitted their artworks inspired by expected construction of the ILC.)

  • from Tanko Nichi Nichi
    6 January 2017

    奥州市教育委員会が主催する「中学生科学体験研修」に参加している奥州市内の中学生31人は、6日までの日程で学術研究施設が集積する茨城県つくば市を訪問している。5日は、高エネルギー加速器研究機構(KEK、山内正則機構長)を訪問。北上山地が有力候補地となっている国際リニアコライダー(ILC)とも関連性が高いさまざまな実験施設を目の当たりにし、最先端科学やILC実現へのイメージを膨らませた。(31 Juniour high school students from Oshu city visited Tsukuba-city, a biggest science city in japan. On 5th January, they visited KEK and took a close look at the cutting -edge technologies related to ILC, filled with happy expectations)

  • from Iwate Nichinichi
    2 February 2017

    Director Komamiya introduced the “staging” strategy talked about at LCWS, which would take an incremental approach in increasing the ILC’s capabilities. He said, “We can reduce construction costs to under 70% of the almost 1 trillion yen required by lowering the energy level of particle smashing experiments, and concentrating on precisely measuring of the Higgs particle.” He showed a draft of a more minimalist ILC that would reduce the 31 kilometer accelerator found in the base plan to a compact 20 kilometers.
    Translation provided by Iwate & the ILC website. Read original article (in Japanese) here.