Friday, February 22, 2013

ILC And CLIC Unite

Not a very surprising news since almost everyone saw it coming. The two groups that are working on the next generation of linear collider to follow the LHC as CERN have decided to join forces and share information in a new organization.

The two most mature future particle physics projects, the International Linear Collider (ILC) and the Compact Linear Collider study (CLIC), have formed an official organisational partnership today. As the newly founded Linear Collider Collaboration, they will coordinate and advance the global development work for the linear collider, a global project to complement the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN and ultimately understand the deepest secrets of the universe. The Linear Collider Collaboration is headed by Lyn Evans, former Project Manager of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Hitoshi Murayama, Director of the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, will serve as a deputy director.

Of course, for ILC, this is certainly welcomed since the US is severely cutting back on its contribution to the ILC effort (some even say that the ILC in the US is dead). It also appears that if some form of the ILC is built, Japan appears to be the leading candidate for a site to build this facility. For those of us in the US, this means that the US will continue to have ZERO high energy physics particle collider if this comes true.


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