In 2013, the Global Design Effort published the technical design report for the International Linear Collider. It was a major milestone, a four-volume blueprint for a 31-kilometer electron-positron collider that would probe with precision the fundamental components of our universe. Its 250 billion-electronvolt collisions would enable scientist to study Higgs boson couplings and physics beyond the Standard Model.
In the years since, the global particle physics community has held animated discussions about where to site this precision machine. The Japanese laboratory KEK proposed that the Japanese government host the ILC in Japan as an international project, and the International Committee for Future Accelerators has strongly supported the proposal. The Japanese government recently released its statement about the ILC, expressing support for the project but stopping short of accepting the role of host.
Still, the project’s future direction is becoming clearer. KEK Director General Masanori Yamauchi is giving a colloquium on Wednesday, April 24, at 10 a.m. in One West on the status and possible future of the ILC in Japan. Come hear about this important project directly from one of its most important players.
This is one of two Fermilab colloquia to be held on April 24. A second colloquium by Brad Marston titled “El Niño as a Topological Insulator: A Surprising Connection Between Climate, and Quantum, Physics” will be held at 4 p.m. in One West.
Chris Stoughton is a Fermilab scientist and the chair of the Fermilab Colloquium Committee, which organizes the Colloquium series.