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Interactions News Wire #75-05
19 September 2005 http://www.interactions.org
Source: GDE
Content: Press Release
Date Issued: 19 September 2005

Media Contacts:
Elizabeth Clements, GDE/Fermilab, +1 630-840-2326, lizzie@fnal.gov

Linear Collider Forum of America Hosts First International Linear Collider Industrial Forum at Fermilab, 21-22 September 2005

More than fifty U.S. and Canadian industries that specialize in the development and manufacturing of complex components for particle accelerators will meet with scientists and engineers on 21-22 September at the first International Linear Collider Industrial Forum hosted by the Linear Collider Forum of America at the Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

At the meeting, scientists and engineers will provide industry members with technical information about the International Linear Collider, a new particle accelerator that would have the potential to address such fundamental scientific issues as the origin of mass, the nature of dark matter and dark energy, the existence of extra dimensions, and the joining of nature’s disparate forces into a single unified force. In turn, scientists will receive insights from industry leaders as to how to develop a model for the industrialization of a completely international project.

“In the early stages of such a large international project, there has to be good communication between the people who are designing the machine and the people who will build the machine,” said Ken Olsen, President of the Linear Collider Forum of America. “It is also important that industries from around the world work together to develop one set of technical codes and standards so that all the machine components assemble and operate in a seamless manner. The primary goal of this forum is to educate the U.S. industries about the ILC and provide them with information about the technical challenges and R&D needs.”
The recently established LCFOA provides a formal network for its U.S. industry members to interact with U.S. government funded R&D efforts during the design and siting of the ILC.  The forum will provide its members with current information on the progress and issues related to the ILC development. The LCFOA joins the European Linear Collider Forum and the Linear Collider Forum of Japan, which all share a common purpose for the interested industries in their specific region.
“The design, construction and operation of the ILC will require participation of a broad range of industries worldwide,” said Gerald Dugan, Global Design Effort Regional Americas Director for the ILC. “Early and effective utilization of global industrial capabilities is of critical importance to the ILC project. The industrial forums in the three regions will provide an excellent mechanism for facilitating communication and coordination between the parties involved in the ILC program.”
At the meeting, in addition to scientists and engineers explaining the scientific details of the project, representatives from the three forums will report on ILC industrialization activities in each region. “Over the last several years, European industries have been very involved in a number of particle accelerator projects such as the Large Electron Positron Collider, the Large Hadron Collider and the TESLA Test Facility from the very beginning,” said Michael Peiniger, a member of the constitutional board of the European Linear Collider Forum who will speak at this week’s meeting. “It is crucial that members of the industry work together with scientists to exchange information and develop a clear picture of the cost and engineering for the ILC. The important thing now is for industries and scientists around the world to increase momentum in cooperation, both in costing and engineering as well as in production of key components and systems.”

The Secretary-General of the Linear Collider Forum of Japan, Norihiko Ozaki who will also speak at the upcoming industrial meeting, agrees that industries around the world should collaborate with scientists to determine if the complex components that are required for the ILC can be built in a timely and affordable manner. “Japanese industry has a long history of collaboration with the physics community in the field of accelerator technology development. The ILC project is one of the technological challenges in which the Japanese industry’s experiences can play an important role,” he said. “I am very happy to have an opportunity to talk about Japanese industry’s experiences at the Industrial Forum. Allow me to extend my congratulations on establishing the Industrial Forum of America.”

The Department of Energy has also expressed support for the establishment of the Linear Collider Forum of America. “The DOE has placed high priority on the ILC,” said Paul Grannis, ILC Coordinator at the DOE. “We recognize that to fulfill the need for the large numbers of components cost-effectively, U.S. industry must be closely involved from an early stage. We are most supportive of the initiative started by the Industrial Forum in setting this process in motion.”

A complete agenda and details about the ILC Industrial Forum are available online at
http://www.linearcollider.org/cms/?pid=1000098. There is no registration fee to attend the meeting, but interested industries should contact Ken Olsen, President of the LCFOA at 202-222-8315 or ken.olsen@lcfoa.org.

The global particle physics community has proposed to design and build the ILC as a means to address key unanswered questions about the universe. The proposed ILC and the Large Hadron Collider, an accelerator now under construction at CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research, in Geneva, Switzerland, would create particle collisions at Tera-electron-volt energies, beyond the reach of today’s accelerators. Working in concert with the LHC, experiments at the ILC would allow physicists to explore a region of ultrahigh energies where they expect to observe phenomena that will answer many of their most profound questions.