The official and worldwide handover ceremony of the Technical Design Report for the International Linear Collider will happen on 12 June 2013 in all three regions of the ILC. Many years of globally coordinated R&D culminate in the Technical Design Report, which presents the latest, most technologically advanced and most thoroughly scrutinised design for the potential next-generation particle collider to complement and advance beyond the physics of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. In a global event starting in Japan and ending in the United States, scientists and their guests will celebrate this achievement in symposia, public events, receptions and a series of handover ceremonies.
On 15 March, scientists working on the Quantum Beam Technology Program at KEK’s superconducting RF test facility (STF) confirmed the successful generation of X-rays using Inverse Compton Scattering (ICS) with superconducting radiofrequency (SCRF) acceleration technology. This is the world’s first successful implementation of ICS X-ray sources with SCRF technology.
A concept to save space and power for future particle detectors called power pulsing has recently been tested and proven to work on one of the possible calorimeter options for the future ILC detectors. The silicon-tungsten electromagnetic calorimeter prototype took data in test beam and magnet at the German lab DESY. The project is currently run by groups from France and Japan.
The final deliverable of the Global Design Effort, the ILC Technical Design Report, was completed and submitted in draft form to the International Linear Collider Steering Committee in November 2012. Following a successful technical review of the design in December, an International Cost Review was conducted in February of the value estimate. The cost review validated the TDR value estimates, and pointed out other costing efforts that will be needed as the ILC becomes a site-specific construction project.