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Achieving cavity resonance

| 7 July 2011 Keeping accelerating cavities tuned to the right frequency requires continual, gentle hammering by a little device called a piezoelectric tuner. DESY scientists have mastered the art and science of applying the piezo to cavities, bringing them to within several ten-thousandths a percent of the desired frequency. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , , ,

A recovering northeast Japan turns its sights to the ILC

| 23 June 2011 As the region around Tohoku University recovers from the March earthquake and regains its footing, scientists there look forward to rejoining ILC research efforts, and the local government highlights the ways recovery could be facilitated by bringing the ILC to Iwate prefecture. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , ,

Checkout of ATF starts with test beam

| 2 June 2011 On 26 May, a first test beam steered through the linac of the Accelerator Test Facility at KEK, Japan, with the same energy as before the March 2011 earthquake. Engineers are now working on the magnet alignment at the beam transportation line. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , ,

News from KEK: Damage caused by the recent earthquake and recovery prospects

12 May 2011 As of now, our highest priority is the restoration of both campuses so that they can resume scientific activities as the Japanese Inter-University Research Institute Corporation and one of the world’s leading accelerator-science research laboratories. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , ,

Impersonating bulk niobium

| 5 May 2011 Anything bulk niobium can do, thin films can do better. At least, that’s the hope of Jefferson Laboratory scientists, who are currently exploring a method that would allow them to create customisable thin niobium films. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , , , ,

A conformal approach to cavity coating

| 28 April 2011 Argonne researchers are working to coat accelerator cavities with perfectly uniform atomic layers of niobium. The thin film technology could help slash production and operation costs in particle accelerator programmes while boosting accelerator performance. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , , ,

A laboratory without walls

and | 14 April 2011 The France-China Particle Physics Laboratory is a lab without walls, enabling Chinese and French particle and accelerator scientists to work together towards the new energy frontier with experiments such as the LHC and the ILC. Its fourth annual workshop took place in Shandong University, Jinan, China from 7 to 9 April 2011. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , ,

A robot to watch out for defects

| 14 April 2011 A small group of young researchers at DESY, Germany, is working on a robot that could drastically reduce the time it takes to optically inspect a cavity. Their work covers everything from the pure mechanics of the workbench and fine-tuned motors for moving the heavy parts to developing sophisticated methods of automatically analysing the pictures. Cavities might eventually pass the check in two hours instead of the one-and-a-half days it takes today. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , , ,

The millisecond challenge of the flux-concentrating magnet

| 10 March 2011 The ILC’s flux-concentrating magnet operates much like someone in a high-intensity interval workout: it fires for only a small fraction of the time, but when it does, it takes a beating. Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have finished the intense work of designing the flux concentrator, modelling its operation and potential hurdles. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , ,

A niobium company visit in Ningxia, China

| 24 February 2011 On 18 February 2011, a delegation of Global Design Effort representatives visited the Orient Tantalum Industry Co. Ltd (OTIC), Ningxia, a leading niobium company in China. The group consisted of ILC project managers Akira Yamamoto and Marc Ross, together with Robert Rimmer of Thomas Jefferson Laboratory in the US, accompanied by Asian Linear Collider Steering Committee Chairman Jie Gao and ILC group member Jiyuan Zhai of the Institute of High Energy Physics (IHEP) in Beijing. Category: Around the World | Tagged:
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