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Joint CASA/SRF Institute Seminar

Thursday, September 7, 2006, 3:30 PM
ARC, Room 231/233

The International Linear Collider: A Brief History, Present Status and Future Plans

Warren Funk

The International Linear Collider (ILC) is the most recent proposal by the international high-energy or particle physics community for the construction of a discovery-class experiment in their field. Indeed, some voices can be heard prophesying that the ILC would be the last energy-frontier experiment. The rationale for this view is that conventional wisdom (CW) places its cost at around $10B, a level that CW believes is beyond the reach of a single nation. Whether either belief is true or not, the proposal to build the ILC is gaining momentum, thanks to a Global Design Effort most closely approximating the distributed effort to design the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER).

This talk will review the brief history of the ILC, along with the case for its construction. It will include a description of its key features and design parameters, a presentation of the organization Ďassembledí to carry out the design, and a report on what has been accomplished, what remains to be done, and the schedule proposed for its completion. A specific focus will be the role of the R&D program and the part played therein by the ISRFST.

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For more information, please contact Dr. Alex Bogacz, Chair of CASA Seminar Committee