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Research Director's Report
The new phase on track

The new structure for detector development. Please read the report for more information.
Last October we started a new phase in planning the ILC experimental programme after many years of coordination through the World Wide Study. Following a few months of discussion, we are now ready to put the new phase on track. At this critical moment, we are forced to face some unanticipated difficulties–the recent budget cuts in the UK and US. These will affect the speed of progress to a certain extent, but we are determined to move forward. Steady preparation continues.

-- Sakue Yamada

Research Director's Report Archive


Upcoming meetings, conferences, workshops

Tesla Technology Collaboration Meeting
DESY, Hamburg
14-17 January 2008

SiD Workshop
28-30 January 2008

Joint ACFA Physics and Detector Workshop and (GDE meeting) on International Linear Collider

3-6 March 2008

Positron Source Meeting
DESY Zeuthen, Germany
7-9 April 2008

Energy Polarization Workshop
DESY Zeuthen, Germany
9-11 April 2008

SiD Workshop
14-16 April 2008

Upcoming schools

US Particle Accelerator School
UC at Santa Cruz
14-25 January 2008

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Around the World
A horizontal challenge

The international DESY/KEK/Toshiba klystron team.
The world’s first horizontal multi-beam klystron has started its site acceptance test at DESY. Built by the Japanese company Toshiba, it is the first of three prototypes from different companies to arrive for the test that will determine whether the new klystron design works. The 10-megawatt horizontal klystron was developed for the European X-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL) and is also part of the reference design for the ILC.

-- Barbara Warmbein

In the News
From Science
15 January 2008
Interview: Raymond Orbach Responds to DOE Budget Crisis
...We are committed to high-energy physics. ... We have no intention of moving away from the basic R&D in the ILC, but it will have to be delayed.

15 January 2008
Science: Funding cuts threaten scientific research
...Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal, argues that Britain will pay a far higher price if it scraps vital projects now.

From Wired
15 January 2008
Japanese Taking Up Particle-Physics Slack?
... Atsuto Suzuki, the director general of Japan's high-energy physics laboratory, KEK, has outlined a five-year plan that includes major investments in new facilities, and a strong commitment to the International Linear Collider.

From Science
11 January 2008
Budget Cuts Mean Layoffs at Two DOE Labs, End for SLAC Collider
An unexpectedly tight science budget this year at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will shut down a particle collider in California and curtail activities at another accelerator lab in Illinois.

11 January 2008
Hitoshi Murayama appointed as the founding director of Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe at the University of Tokyo
... IPMU was launched as one of the World Premier International Research Centner Initiative (WPI) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).
Director's Corner
Collective wisdom

Some members of the Executive Committee at a meeting in Rome last year.
In last week’s Corner I mentioned the Global Design Effort Executive Committee (EC) face-to-face meeting held at DESY this past Sunday. I said that we hoped to come up with a revised plan for the next phase of our ILC R&D programme, and I report today on our conclusions and consensus as to how we propose to redefine our plans and goals in response to the new budget constraints. Similar replanning for the detector efforts is addressed by Sakue Yamada in this issue and we are in discussions together to make sure the detector and accelerator plans are consistent.

-- Barry Barish

Director's Corner Archive

Image of the Week
Watch your head!

KEK's cryomodule B, containing one LL cavity, on its way into the Superconducting RF Test Facility (STF) tunnel last Saturday. (Photo: Nobu Toge, KEK)

New issue of NewsLine Q
Check out the latest issue of NewsLine Q, the ILC's quarterly newsletter. As a 'superconducting cavity special' it is the first themed issue of NewsLine Q.
View issue or download pdf

ILC Notes
Report of the 3rd Meeting of the ILC Machine Advisory Committee

Report of the 4th Meeting of the ILC Machine Advisory Committee

Report of the International Cost Review of the International Linear Collider

arXiv preprints
Supersymmetry in Elementary Particle Physics

Sparticle Discovery Potentials in the CMSSM and GUT-less Supersymmetry-Breaking Scenarios