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From SLAC Today: Clearing Clouds

The circular device inside this accelerator structure coats the structure with titanium nitride to keep electron clouds in check.
Clouds might be welcome during a drought, but you definitely don't want them in your beam pipes. Researchers around the world are working out how to keep a section of the proposed International Linear Collider—the positron damping ring—clear of electron clouds.

In curved sections of accelerators, such as a damping ring, the beam throws off synchrotron radiation that plows into the beam pipe walls, kicking up electrons embedded in the wall. The newly freed electrons get pulled along with the next bunch of positrons in the beam, but then some hit the wall, freeing so-called secondary electrons. Soon a cloud of electrons clogs up the beam pipe.


-- Heather Rock Woods, SLAC Today


Upcoming meetings, conferences, workshops

Lepton-Photon 2007
Daegu, Korea
13-18 August 2007

CHEP 07 - International Conference on Computing in High Energy and Nuclear Physics
Victoria, Canada
2-7 September 2007

VII International workshop on Problems of Charged Particle Accelerators: Electron-positron Colliders
JINR-BINP, Alushta (Crimea, Ukraine)
2-8 September 2007

TWEPP 2007
Prague, Czech Republic
3-7 Sept 2007

Warsaw, Poland
9-12 Sept 2007

12th International Workshop on Polarized Sources and Targets (PST 2007)
Brookhaven National Laboratory
10-14 September 2007

ILC Positron Source Collaboration Meeting
Argonne National Laboratory
17-19 September 2007

Workshop on ILC Interaction Region Engineering Design
17-21 September 2007

Upcoming schools

2007 SLAC Summer Institute
Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
30 July - 10 August 2007

Second International Accelerator School for Linear Colliders
Ettore Majorana Center, Erice (Sicily), Italy
1-10 October 2007

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Feature Story
Good vibrations at Fermilab

Two of the geophones installed in Fermilab's Horizontal Test Stand.
Vibrations in the cryomodules in the International Linear Collider are actually not a good thing. The slightest disruption can throw off the alignment of the super sensitive beams and prevent them from colliding. The stringent beam dynamic requirements in the ILC therefore make vibration studies important, which is why Fermilab recently installed measuring devices called geophones in their Horizontal Test Stand. So for the team at Fermilab, detecting vibrations now, during an R&D phase, is actually a good thing because it means that they can learn how to minimise them in the actual machine when every collision counts.

-- Elizabeth Clements

In the News
From Berliner Zeitung
9 August 2007
Weltbewegendes aus der Hamburger Unterwelt
...Der eigentliche Beschleuniger im Tunnel bleibt erhalten und wird gegen Korrosion geschützt. Er könnte beispielsweise als Testgelände für andere Teilchenbeschleuniger, wie den geplanten International Linear Collider (ILC), verwendet werden.

From Fermilab Today
8 August 2007
Congressional visit to Fermilab focuses on the future
...“I am interested in funding for Fermilab and basic and applied science research,” Lipinski said. “My visit helps me to get a better idea of Fermilab's future, including plans for the ILC, which is critical for the future of particle physics at Fermilab and in the U.S.”

From SLAC Today
7 August 2007
Dark Matter - What's out there?
For thousands of years, people have gazed at the stars and wondered, “What's out there?”

6 August 2007
LCLS Beam Already in Action
...In early July, the beam was first pressed into service to help set up a suite of International Linear Collider (ILC) experiments coordinated by Mike Woods.

From the Chicago Tribune
5 August 2007
Supercollisions on the horizon?
The project staggers the imagination: a machine that would stretch 20 miles through the bedrock 400 feet beneath Kane, DuPage and perhaps Will Counties.

From SLAC Today
3 August 2007
Practical Sabbatical
Tom Himel doesn't know German, but he expects to have much to share and much to learn when he spends a year in the northern German city of Hamburg starting on Tuesday, August 7.

3 August 2007
Brookhaven Physics Leaders Satoshi Ozaki and Michael Harrison Receive IEEE's Particle Accelerator Science & Technology Award
Satoshi Ozaki and Michael Harrison, physicist-administrators at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory who led the decade-long development and construction of the Laboratory's world-class particle accelerator, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), were awarded the 2007 Particle Accelerator Science & Technology Award.
Director's Corner
Siting the ILC: Reference design for the conventional facilities

The ILC reference design features a double tunnel configuration deep underground.
Where will the ILC be built? This is one of the first questions people ask me whenever I give a presentation on our ambitions to build a new accelerator for particle physics. The answer, of course, is that we just don’t know! Although we are working towards a siting plan, the uncertainty where the ILC will be built is likely to continue through the engineering design phase. Nevertheless, by working on designs for a set of “sample sites,” we have made a lot of progress in understanding key issues involved in siting. This is especially true for the scope of the conventional facilities and the estimated costs.

-- Barry Barish

Director's Corner Archive

Image of the Week
Putting the pieces together

DESY technicians recently spent some time at Fermilab to assist in putting together the first “cryomodule kit” shipped from Germany to Chicago, Illinois. Stay tuned to ILC NewsLine for a full report on their visit.


arXiv preprints
1 Aug 2007
The 4th Concept Detector for the International Linear Collider

1 Aug 2007
LHC Physics and Cosmology

EUROTeV Reports
Technical Challenges for Head-on Collisions and Extraction at the ILC

Measurements of the Transverse Wakefields Due to Varying Collimator Characteristics