Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012

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Tuesday, Feb. 7
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Wednesday, Feb. 8
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Physics for Everyone - Ramsey Auditorium
Speaker: Brian Rebel, Fermilab
Title: Looking for gold: LBNE in the Homestake Mine
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From symmetry breaking

My physical romance

This heart was graphed by Felix Yu, PPD, using Mathmatica and code contributed to the Wolfram website by Michael Croucher. Graph your own heart here.

Chemistry gets all the press around Valentine's Day, but for some, real romance springs from physics.

Before next week's holiday, we at Symmetry Breaking want to know about your affair with physics. Send us a love letter (or "Dear John" letter) about your research, a playful pun about a physical concept, or a story about a connection you've made with a fellow scientist. Post your comments here or email them here. We will publish our favorites on Feb. 14.

What is it about physics that ignites our passions and enchants our hearts? Perhaps it's the inherent romantic nature of the subject. For example, even though there is no "physical" relationship between love and entanglement, the figurative metaphor is enticing: two kindred spirits with entangled hearts, their two quantum spin states forever interlocked. Of course their two quantum spin states might be opposite once a measurement is made, but perhaps that's just how love works.

You could make a similar conclusion about quantum coupling and dating. Or even conjecture that the plot of every romantic comedy is merely a dramatic interpretation of the strong nuclear force (particles pulled together despite their initial repulsions for one another—sound familiar?)

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Sarah Charley

From ILC NewsLine

A visit to the two candidate Japanese ILC sites

Locations of the two candidate Japanese sites: a northern site in the Tohoku district and a southern site in the Kyushu district.

A common question I am often asked is where the ILC will be sited. That is obviously a very important question, but we don't have an answer yet. We will complete the Technical Design Report (TDR) within the next year and the Large Hadron Collider will, we believe, produce physics results that can both motivate the ILC project and help guide the final parameters. Also this year, the International Linear Collider Steering Committee is forming a special committee to give advice on how to approach the siting the ILC. In any case, early interest in hosting the facility is both welcome and very useful in helping to make our TDR even more realistic because we are able to take into account important site-dependent issues.

The developmental work towards Japanese ILC sites began in 2009 by the Advanced Accelerator Association Promoting Science and Technology (AAA). In 2010, the local communities, especially universities for both candidate sites, organised geological studies, including investigations of various tunnel shapes for the mountainous sites. KEK then evaluated the tunnel designs and the environmental conditions presented in these studies.

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Barry Barish

In the News

UK: Celebrity physicist triggers boom

From The Australian, Feb. 7, 2012.

The cult of the celebrity scientist has caused a marked rise in applications for physics degrees in Britain, with some leading universities reporting increases of up to per cent in what has been nicknamed the "Brian Cox effect".

Institutions with the greatest rises include Surrey, Nottingham, York and Manchester, where Cox, presenter of the series Stargazing Live and Wonders of the Universe, is a professor.

The subject's popularity is bucking the overall downward trend in applications as fees rise to a maximum of £9,000 ($13,200) this year. Figures announced this week are expected to show a decline of about 8.7 per cent in British applicants.

On their application forms, physics candidates have been citing Cox's show as their inspiration, as well as the Large Hadron Collider at Cern, near Geneva, and the American sitcom The Big Bang Theory, centred on a group of geeky scientists at the California Institute of Technology.

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Director's Corner

ILCSC and ICFA meetings

Physicists discussed the future of the field at the ILCSC meeting in England. Photo: Barry Barish

Last week, the meetings for the International Linear Collider Steering Committee and the International Committee for Future Accelerators took place in Oxford, England. This was my first meeting as chair of ICFA, succeeding KEK Director Atsuto Suzuki. One of the principal issues discussed at both meetings was a new organization for the worldwide linear collider effort. For some time now, the world's two large linear collider efforts – the ILC Global Design Effort and CLIC, the Compact Linear Collider - have been working on common issues applicable to both colliders. As we move into the next phase in the evolution of linear colliders it is important to bring the ILC and CLIC efforts under unified leadership.

The proposal approved by ICFA is to appoint one director that will be the overall leader for the linear collider effort. The LC Director will represent this effort to the worldwide science community and the funding agencies. Reporting to this LC Director will be three associate directors: one for the ILC; one for CLIC; and one for physics and detectors for both ILC and CLIC. While the new organization takes shape over the next year, ICFA approved a statement that continues the mandate of the ILC Global Design Effort to represent the plans for ILC R&D to the funding agencies.

Depending on the evolution and timing of discoveries at the LHC, the LC organization will evolve towards a single proposal for the appropriate linear collider. Eventually, to move any linear collider forward, a country or region must step up to host the machine and invest roughly half the needed capital.

The search for the first LC Director is now beginning. The Director will report to the Linear Collider Board, which will be composed of five members from each world region and a chair selected by ICFA. Because the Board is not yet in place, ICFA has appointed a six-member nominating committee to conduct the search:

Europe: Joachim Mnich (DESY) and Manfred Krammer (new ECFA Chair)

Americas: Pier Oddone (Fermilab) and William Trischuk (University of Toronto)

Asia: Sachio Komamiya (U of Tokyo) and Jie Gao (IHEP/Beijing)

If you are interested in being considered for the position of LC director or would like to nominate a colleague, please contact one of the committee members.

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