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International Committee for Future Accelerators Delivers Update on Progress of the International Linear Collider, Thursday, February 8

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The International Committee for Future Accelerators (ICFA)

Announcement of the Reference Design Report for the International Linear Collider

Room C305 in the Main Building of the Institute of High Energy Physics
(IHEP), 19 Yuquanui Road, Shijingshan District, Beijing, China

Thursday, February 8 at 12:00 p.m. (Beijing time) (4:00 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time)

The International Linear Collider is a proposed electron-positron collider. The Reference Design Report provides the first detailed technical snapshot of the ILC and includes a preliminary value estimate to obtain guidance for optimisation of both the design process and R&D during the engineering phase. More information about the ILC is available at


Elizabeth Clements, ILC-Americas, +1-630-399-1777,
Youhei Morita, ILC-Asia, +81-29-879-6047,
Perrine Royole-Degieux, ILC-Europe, +33-6-74-11-73-78,
Barbara Warmbein, ILC-Europe, +49-170-3346816,

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A schematic layout of the International Linear Collider.A schematic layout of the International Linear Collider.

Barry BarishA Collaboration Image
Barry Barish, Director of the Global Design Effort for the International Linear ColliderApproximately 1000 scientists and engineers from around the world are contributing to the International Linear Collider.

The ILC will use 16,000 superconducting cavities to accelerate the electrons and positrons to extremely high energies.The 1-metre long superconducting cavities are made from pure niobium, polished to provide micron-level surface quality for accelerating particles.

A cryostat for ILC R&D studies. The superconducting cavities for the ILC will sit inside cryostats - vessels surrounded by thermal shields and an outer tank - to maintain their near absolute zero temperatures.Simulated response of linear collider detector to the production of two Z bosons. Each of the Z bosons decays into a pair of jets. (Credit: Norman Graf)

Artists's rendering of the planned collider detector for the international linear collider. (Courtesy of KEK)