The International Workshop on Future Linear Colliders
Experts on future particle accelerators answer questions
in a conference call
This week, more than 200 scientists from all over the world are meeting for (http://www.lcws12.org) at The University of Texas at Arlington. They're edging closer to a Technical Design Report for the International Linear Collider (ILC), due to be published next summer, and are also discussing other potential future accelerators, including the Compact Linear Collider (CLIC), which has recently published its Conceptual Design Report. The topics to be discussed include:
- Possible locations for the project and the challenges involved in locating it in Europe, the U.S. or Japan. (Note: no location decision will be made at this workshop.)
- The implications of a Higgs boson-like particle being found at about 126 GeV at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. Questions include: What would it take to build a "Higgs Factory" for a light Higgs based on ILC technology? What could be studied? How would this intermediate stage impact the rest of the project?
- Design reports for the physics capabilities of detectors at a future linear collider, including both ILC and CLIC.
Want to learn about the progress being made? Three top members of the scientific group planning these projects will be available for a conference call with reporters at 8 a.m. CDT on Friday, October 26. They are: Barry Barish (Global Design Effort director), Mike Harrison (regional director for the Americas/Brookhaven National Laboratory) and Jim Brau (regional contact for the Americas for detector development/Univ. of Oregon).
Please RSVP to Traci Peterson, media relations officer at UT Arlington, at 817-272-9208 or by email email@example.com. A number and call-in code will be sent on Thursday.