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From Fermilab: Collaboration between Fermilab, Indian institutions sets stage for future accelerators

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone presents a signed copy of a picture of Fermilab to DAE Secretary Kakodkar.
INDORE, India (February 10, 2009) - The Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill., today announced the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding with four Indian institutions. The MOU establishes collaboration in the areas of superconducting acceleration science and technology and in research and development of superconducting materials.

Upcoming meetings, conferences, workshops

TH Institute: From the LHC to a Future Collider
9-27 February 2009

Silicon Detector Design Study Workshop
2-4 March 2009

Technology and Instrumentation in Particle Physics (TIPP09)
Epocal Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan
12-17 March 2009

Joint ACFA Physics and Detector Workshop and GDE Meeting on International Linear Collider

Tsukuba, Japan
17-21 April 2009

Particle Accelerator Conference 2009 (PAC09)
Vancouver, Canada
4-8 May 2009

Upcoming school

Spring School on Strings, Cosmology and Particles (SSSCP2009)
Belgrade, Serbia
31 March - 4 April 2009

GDE Meetings calendar

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Feature Story
Past successes in superconducting RF are a good omen for the ILC
Hasan Padamsee and Charles Reece highlight successes in the evolution of superconducting RF technology and look to ILC and future developments.

Six modules installed in FLASH at DESY have 48 nine-cell cavities operating between 20 and 25 MV/m. The nine-cell TESLA cavities inside the module were fabricated from RRR=300 niobium and prepared by advanced methods of electropolishing and baking.
One of the high-value R&D programmes for the ILC is to reliably reach gradients of 35 Megavolts per metre (MV/m) in one-metre long
(9-cell, 1.3-Gigahertz) niobium cavities, the heart of the main linac. More than a dozen such cavities have demonstrated gradients between 35 and 40 MV/m at DESY, and more recently at Jlab. The challenge is to hit such performance levels nearly every time, and with nearly every cavity! This means that we need to conduct some good science to understand the basic nature of the gradient limits, and clever engineering to invent methods to overcome these.

-- Hasan Padamsee, Cornell University, Charles E Reece, Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility

In the News
From Spiegel online
23 February 2009
Neues Prinzip der Supraleitung entdeckt
Stromleitung ohne Widerstand - und das bei Zimmertemperatur? Das ist das ultimative Ziel bei der Forschung an Hochtemperatur-Supraleitern.

From CERN Courier
23 February 2009
CERN sets course for new horizons
...For the past 10 years he has steered DESY’s participation in projects such as the LHC and a future international linear collider.

From Cern Courier
23 February 2009
The light-pulse horizon
Rapid advances in high-intensity laser technology are closing in on the technological breakthrough of a compact particle accelerator, and with it a new means to study the structure of the vacuum.

From Cern Bulletin
23 February 2009
The latest from the LHC
All replacement magnets required for Sectors 3-4, 1-2 and 6-7 have now been cryostated.

From le Journal Innovation
23 February 2009
Espace : Le télescope Fermi révèle une explosion géante
(..) ce sursaut gamma [est] le plus violent de tous les objets célestes jamais observés. Ces fulgurantes bouffées de rayons gamma, qui peuvent durer d’une fraction de seconde à quelques minutes, sont généralement suivies d’une émission rémanente plus faible sur plusieurs jours.

From Science Magazine
20 February 2009
LHC Delays Give Tevatron a Shot at Higgs Boson
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With Europe's Large Hadron Collider now out of commission until late September, the older Tevatron collider at Fermilab may be gaining the edge in the race to spot the Higgs boson.
Director's Corner
Trains, planes and automobiles – the life of a regional director
Today's issue features a Director's Corner from Brian Foster, GDE European Regional Director.

Group photo at CIEMAT in Spain
Although 2009 is not yet two months old, I seem to have already fitted in enough trips to fill a year – but such is the life of an ILC Director. My first trip of the year was to Paris. On 6 January I travelled to the headquarters of the Institut National de Physique Nucléaire et de Physique des Particules – more concisely known as CNRS/IN2P3 – to meet with the Director, Michel Spiro, the Deputy Director for particle physics, Etienne Augé and Guy Wormser, Director of LAL, Orsay. Our discussions were wide-ranging, centering on the prospects for the ILC in France as well as developments on the wider stage. In France itself, the advent of a new, energetic and relatively young President brings with it a tendency to review all organs of government policy; the delivery and administration of scientific research is no exception. Even during a time when far-reaching reforms are being considered, the normal policy and decision-making functions of IN2P3 continue. We discussed many of these over an excellent lunch in a delightful little restaurant near CNRS headquarters near the Bois du Boulogne. The strong involvement of France in the European X-Ray Laser Project XFEL project is giving rise to many synergies with ILC work, which are being exploited within the strong French involvement inside the European Union Framework 7 Project, ILC-HiGrade.

-- Brian Foster

Director's Corner Archive

TILC09 — have you registered?
The deadline for early registration to the TILC09 meeting is Saturday 28 February. Have you registered yet? Do it here (and now).

arXiv preprints
The flavor-changing bottom and anti-strange quark production in the littlest Higgs model with T parity at the ILC

R&D for Very Forward Calorimeters at the ILC Detector

Simulation Study of γ γ → hh in a Photon Collider

Analysis of the Decay e+ e- invisible + H(→ μ μ) at a Collision Energy of 500 GeV

Compton Cherenkov Detector Development for ILC Polarimetry

An extended Higgs sector for neutrino mass, dark matter and baryon asymmetry

Realistic Simulation of the MAPS Response

GARLIC - GAmma Reconstruciton for the LInear Collider

Analysis of ZH recoil mass

Status of the ILC Main Linac BPM R&D