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April 28, 2010
Detector technology project connects fields
It has been almost five years since the launch of the Detector Technology Project (DTP) at KEK. In that time, this new entity has established vital cross-project connections within KEK and beyond, and helped to develop a number of promising new technologies.

April 21, 2010
New milestone at MUSE
The Muon Science Establishment, MUSE, at the Japan Accelerator Research Complex (J-PARC) recently produced the world’s highest intensity pulsed muon beam. Read on to learn the team’s hard work, and their plans for the future.

April 14, 2010
Belle II’s new logo and new beginning
The 4th open meeting of the Belle II collaboration was
held on November 18-20, 2009. The meeting saw intense
discussions, sometimes going late into the night, by the
Belle II collaborators. The final design is due this month
and the experiment is in good shape.

April 7, 2010
Art of mapping neutrino 3D trajectory
The time projection chambers (TPCs) are important components of the near detector at the Tokai-to-Kamioka (T2K) neutrino experiment. They are designed to identify the types of particles passing through the detectors and measure their momenta. The T2K TPCs are a new design, the product of innovative ideas from Europe and Canada.

March 30, 2010
Cosmic conference at KEK
This is part-two of the two-part series on KEK’s cosmic connection, featuring the international workshop on high energy astrophysics held on November 10-12, 2009. Read on to learn how a small group of theoretical comophysicists at KEK is taking steps to tackle the frontline of scientists’
cosmic endeavors.

March 23, 2010
KEK’s new cosmic connection
The newly established Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) project is KEK's new cosmic connection. Read on to learn what high energy physics community can do to probe primordial gravitational waves from the early universe.

March 16, 2010
How ATLAS will look for Higgs particle
With the anticipated startup of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, the answers to many questions will soon be within reach. The LHC's ATLAS detector will search for the last piece of the Standard Model, the Higgs particle, and also begin the search for physics beyond the Standard Model. Today, we look at the Higgs search from aspects of photon and lepton identifications.

March 9, 2010
Developing new tool for hospitals and life science
Members of the next-generation compact high-brightness X-ray source project are developing a commercial version of the new affordable, compact X-ray source at KEK for a year-old program to study and utilize the quantum nature of particle beams, the Quantum Beam Technology Program. This issue features the circularly polarized laser just discovered by a KEK physicist.

March 2, 2010
Lattice explains the origin of mass
At the top of the elegant edifice of theoretical particle physics, the theory of quantum chromodynamics (QCD) has received strong support from new computer simulations. The Lattice QCD group at KEK, with the launching of a new project in 2006, became the first to present proof of the mechanism that gives mass to matter. This is just the first of many important results expected to be produced by the new formalism.

February 23, 2010
Progress on a next-generation X-ray source for imaging small, dynamic structures
Research and development for the compact energy recovery linac (Compact ERL) is now underway at KEK. The Compact ERL is a testbed for the technologies required by the proposed energy recovery linac (ERL). Read on to learn about what the world's brightest coherent X-ray source can achieve.

February 16, 2010
Physics beyond the Standard Model at Belle
After many confirmations of the Standard Model over the past decades, particle physicists are starting to find evidence for new physics beyond the Standard Model. Read on to learn about what Belle's new result says about our universe.

February 9, 2010
2009 Asian Science Camp
The Tsukuba International Congress Center, Epochal Tsukuba, was the scene Aug. 2-8 of a gathering of about 200 students from all over Asia, who were in Japan for the 2009 Asian Science Camp...

February 2, 2010
Nailing down the photon detector
The world's first large-scale implementation of new innovative photon detector is underway at T2K, the Tokai-to-Kamioka second generation long-baseline neutrino oscillation experiment. In this article, we tell the story of how it came to be and what it will achieve.

January 26, 2010
SuperKEKB making headway toward higher luminosity
The proposed SuperKEKB electron-positron collider underwent a major design change last March. A team of a hundred experts is moving forward to create the enabling technologies needed to realize the next generation electron-positron collider.

January 19, 2010
Superconductivity and the physicist's MUSE
If you were an experienced physicist, the last place you would expect to find superconductivity is in iron. Iron is a ferromagnetic material, which means that it can be magnetized by an external magnetic field and remain magnetized even after the external field is removed. The strong interaction with magnetic field disturbs the electrical flow within the material resulting in electrical resistivity. This electrical resistivity, by definition, is the opposite of the superconductivity in which electrons experience zero resistance...

January 12, 2010
KEK-ATLAS collaborators getting ready for LHC restart
On August 6, CERN announced that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will start up again in mid-November of this year. CERN, situated on the border between Switzerland and France, is the research center of one of the most renowned scientific institutes in the world. A simple six-kilometer drive from Geneva Airport brings you to its main campus in Meyrin from which the 27-kilometer circular collider, LHC, extends to France...

January 19, 2010
Guiding and monitoring the first T2K beams
With the first successful beam commissioning on April 23 this year, T2K's beamline and detectors are making their way to completion. T2K, the Tokai-to-Kamioka experiment, is a unique long-baseline neutrino oscillation experiment that sends neutrino beams across the Japanese archipelago from the Pacific side towards the Sea of Japan...

January 12, 2010
Belle II collaboration meets at KEK: Old and new members meet to discuss the detector technologies
On July 7-9, KEK hosted the third Belle II collaboration meeting in Tsukuba, Japan. Attended by around 100 collaborators, this open meeting marked the first conference since May, when the name 'Belle II' was coined...


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