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Research Director's Report
Spreading the excitement of discovery
This month's Research Director's Report was written by Jim Brau, co-chair of the Worldwide Study and regional detector contact for the Americas.

Public lectures like this one at the University of Oregon often draw a big crowd.
Why is the down quark's charge precisely one-third that of the electron? This is a remarkable relationship that challenged high school physics teachers meeting this summer with the Oregon QuarkNet programme. They will ponder this issue with their students when they return to the classroom in the autumn. Students now learn about quarks in high school and are armed with the knowledge needed to appreciate this remarkable reality: despite many distinctly different properties, the electron and the quark charges are related in this remarkably simple way. Why? And does it matter?

-- Jim Brau

Research Director's Report Archive

Upcoming meetings, conferences, workshops

Lepton Photon 09
Hamburg, Germany
17-22 August 2009

14th International Conference on RF Superconductivity (SRF2009)
Berlin, Germany
20-25 September 2009

2009 Linear Collider Workshop of the Americas (ALCPG09)
The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
29 September - 3 October 2009

Upcoming schools

International School of Physics "Enrico Fermi" (SIF)
Radiation and particle detectors

Varenna, Villa Monastero, Italy
20-25 July

Linear Collider Physics School 2009
Ambleside, England
17-23 August 2009

Fourth International Accelerator School for Linear Colliders
Beijing, China
7-18 September 2009

GDE Meetings calendar

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Feature Story
A user-friendly beam telescope for the ILC – Mission: possible

Ingrid Gregor, setting up the EUDET telescope at DESY.
Ingrid Gregor and her team will have a very busy summer. As a particle physicist, she coordinates a successful device for test beam infrastructures, the EUDET telescope, which is fully booked at CERN during the next four months. In her rare spare time, she also experiences the joys of blogging as she just joined the team of the ILC Quantum Diarists.

-- Perrine Royole-Degieux

In the News
From Nature
15 July 2009
Physicists wanted
New posts at SLAC National Acceleratory Laboratory.

From New York Times
13 July 2009
I’m a Particle Physicist. Want to Chat?
... I'm a physicist, and there’s a perception about physics that it’s somewhat of a remote discipline. People would probably love to talk to a musician or a doctor, but it’s a no-go when it comes to making small talk with me.

From Universe Today
9 July 2009
Solved: Mystery of Gamma Ray Distribution in the Milky Way
A team of astrophysicists has solved the mystery of the distribution of gamma rays in our Milky Way galaxy. While some researchers thought the distribution suggested a form of undetectable “dark matter”, the team from the University of California, San Diego, proposed an explanation based on standard physical models of the galaxy.

From Wired
8 July 2009
Historic Atom Smasher Reduced to Rubble and Revelry
BERKELEY, California — What was once the world’s biggest atom smasher will soon be nothing more than a collection of old photos and the dust beneath the next big science machine.

From symmetry
July 2009
Dark Energy Camera scans ancient skies
Gazing into space, scientists wonder why the universe is expanding ever faster. What mysterious force is at work? By recording the light from hundreds of millions of galaxies from a mountaintop in Chile, they hope to find out what’s going on.

From symmetry
July 2009
This family tree has physics branches
Who is the grandfather of particle physics? Some might argue he is Otto Mencke, a German philosopher and scientist who received his doctorate from Leipzig University in 1688.
Director's Corner
Students admitted to LC accelerator school

The applicant pool for this year’s LC accelerator school consisted of 244 applicants from 41 countries
Preparations continue toward our "Fourth International Accelerator School for Linear Colliders" to be held from 7 to 18 September in Beijing, China. The school continues to draw a large applicant pool as we received a total of 244 applications from 41 countries, similar to last year in the U.S. (245) and the year before in Italy (243). Thanks to the hard work of the three regional student selection teams, we have selected 71 highly qualified students for the 2009 school. There are another ten on the waiting list. We are very pleased with the admitted class and we will now work hard to arrange travel and visas, and to organise the programme in preparation for a hopefully very stimulating and educational experience for our students.

-- Barry Barish

Director's Corner Archive


15 July - Ingrid Gregor
Tools of Trade III

12 July - Frank Simon
Successful Meetings

10 July - Ingrid Gregor
Mo’ Better Blues

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Register for ALCPG!
Don't miss the early registration deadline for the Linear Collider Workshop of the Americas and GDE meeting, or ALCPG, to take place this year in Albuquerque, New Mexico, US from 29 September to 3 October. After 1 August the registration fee goes up to 450 dollars! Register here

arXiv preprints

e+A physics at a future Electron-Ion Collider

Study of the Higgs Direct Reconstruction in ZH->qqH for ILC

A recursive reduction of tensor Feynman integrals

Non-degenerate Low Energy Leptogenesis