Author archive: Barbara Warmbein

SiD reinvents itself

| 8 February 2022 There are thought exercises that end in the head or on paper and there are those that lead to change. A group of scientists working on the SiD detector, one of the two particle detectors proposed for the International Linear Collider ILC, have just turned one of those exercises into a major technological overhaul for their detector. Here’s an overview of what will be different if the green light to build the ILC comes.

Thinking outside the tunnel

| 26 November 2021 Hitoshi Murayama likes crazy ideas. Especially when they are exactly the right amount of crazy to just possibly be turned into a reality. He asked the wider community to present exactly those kinds of ideas for the recent ILCX meeting – here’s an overview of what was discussed.

Ready to take the next step

| 27 July 2021 The ILD detector is one of two detector proposals at the ILC, that take turns in taking collision data and look for exciting insights through precision studies of the Higgs, heavy flavor physics and searches for new physics. ILD has just undergone a thorough five-year concept revisit and development and is now even better and more ready for the next step than before, its international team of designers says.

Accelerating around the globe: big logistics experiment kicks off with Pre-lab phase

| 1 June 2021 The devil is in the detail. If a particle physics experiment doesn’t work, it’s often the low-tech components that cause trouble, not the high-tech ones, because the high-tech ones have been tested to the core. To avoid teething and logistics problems for the ILC, a project called “Cryomodule Global Transfer” will kick off next year. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , ,

RPCs in the wild

| 27 June 2019 Technology developed under the AIDA-2020 project is sure to make the most out of collisions at future colliders. But did you know it might also be able to save lives? One detector made of resistive plate chamber technology improved under AIDA-2020 is set to take up residence at the side of a volcano in autumn to measure its inner structure using cosmic muons. The technology is called muography. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , ,

The ILC Supporters – celebrities for the linear collider

| 4 October 2018 Have you ever seen pictures of people proudly showing off tattoos or stickers showing a compass-like stylised particle collision and wondered what that was all about? Have you heard of a group called “ILC Supporters” but didn’t know who they are and how to join them? This interview with Kimura U, Japan’s "ambassador for cute (kawaii)" and famous ILC Supporter, should answer all your questions. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , ,

Getting lots of heads round the test beam data

| 4 October 2018 Here is how to tackle what would normally take a couple of months in a couple of weeks. A group of students and experts from the CALICE Collaboration recently spent three weeks tucked away at the University of Tokyo to get their heads round and analyse all the data taken at the most recent testbeam of the CALICE calorimeter setup. They emerged with new ideas and lots of knowledge in their heads. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , ,

New CALICE calorimeter sees beam

| 31 May 2018 Particle physics will always need calorimeters, so particle physicists are always trying to optimise, tweak and update their calorimeter systems for the best possible measurements. The CALICE collaboration plays a leading role in this, and their most recent prototype for a hadronic calorimeter has just been completed and is now at CERN for a round of tests in the test beam. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Detector experts meet in Ichinoseki

| 5 April 2018 The planners and builders of the future ILD detector met in Ichinoseki, close to the potential future home of their high-tech masterpiece, in February to compare notes and advance the detector design. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , , , ,

Gearing up to final form

| 14 December 2017 Sometimes a neat line of dots on a computer screen can stand for that moment when it all comes together. A reward for years of hard work, many meetings, lots of travel and nights spent in test beam huts. At least that’s the case for a team of physicists and engineers who have spent the last years designing and testing detector components for a future linear-collider detector, the Silicon-Tungsten electromagnetic calorimeter or SiW-ECAL. During a recent test campaign at the German research lab DESY the developers came together to probe their latest detector design together with the latest sensors and all components that have been developed over the last years. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , ,