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Particle simulator reaching out
One of the world’s most powerful particle simulators, Geant4, has helped simulate particles in large-scale particle colliders worldwide for over a decade. Its versatility and scalability have also gathered attention from fields beyond particle physics. Read here about the origins of Geant4 at KEK, its decade-long development by an international collaboration, and its recent application to real-world problems in medicine and space science.
Looking for SUSY at the LHC
With the exciting start of 7 TeV collisions at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, both the theoretical and experimental worlds of high energy physics are beginning the exploration of a vast range of new physics beyond what is currently known. Learn here about one new theory to be explored at the LHC, supersymmetry, and the work of a KEK theorist who hopes to find evidence of new physics.
A report from ASEPS
Even though the international collaboration in physics research has a long history, Europe-Asia cooperation has remained quite weak, compared to the collaboration between Europe and Americas or Asia and Americas, until the first Asia-Europe Physics Summit, or ASEPS held in Tsukuba, Japan form 24 to 26 March 2010.
The 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and KEK’s Photon Factory
This week features the pioneering work of the 2009 Nobel Chemistry Prize winner Prof. Ada Yonath, and explains how KEK’s Photon Factory played a key role in her pioneering research to determine the structure of the ribosome, the cell machinery responsible for manufacturing proteins.
Thriving new detector technology: SOIPIX
On March 4-5, 2010, KEK’s detector scientists and international collaborators from around the world gathered in a meeting room at Fermilab to discuss a new detector technology: silicon-on-insulator pixel (SOIPIX). Learn about KEK’s new technological endeavor, and the recent steps made by collaborators to make this powerful new technology work.
New electronics tested for Belle II central drift chamber
The final technical design for KEK’s Belle detector upgrade, called Belle II, is now being finalized. This week features one of the central components of the Belle II, the central drift chamber (CDC), which tracks charged particles resulting from particle interactions.
Particle accelerators are going digital
The principle of KEK scientists’ new invention, the induction synchrotron, was demonstrated in 2006, using the existing 12 GeV proton synchrotron at KEK. Now, the team is working hard to bring forth a digital accelerator for heavy ions based on the concept of the induction synchrotron, which they hope to have ready for use in a year's time. Read here about this new technology, and how the team developed the world’s very first digital acceleration scheme.
KEKB crab cavity may help LHC upgrade
In 2009, the KEKB accelerator set a new world luminosity record with the help of a newly installed device called a crab cavity, and the integrated luminosity of KEKB reached 1,000 inverse femtobarn. This is the world’s first successful installment of a crab cavity. KEK scientists’ expertise in this new technology will help in an upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Here is why.
ATLAS, Belle II, and monozukuri
In the large worldwide community of accelerator science, there always are new projects for talented physicists and engineers to exercise their creativity. Read here a story of a physicist and an engineer at KEK who built components of the LHC's ATLAS detector from scratch, and are now making a difference at the Belle II experiment. Learn what it takes to develop state-of-the-art, unique devices.
A high resolution, high intensity neutron diffractometer
The team of neutron diffraction scientists at KEK has constructed the world’s highest resolution neutron powder diffractometer, SuperHRPD. In addition to conducting experiments at the frontier of neutron physics, the team puts forth great efforts to involve local industry in their work.
Here, read how they managed to achieve this high resolution, and how the world’s first industrial involvement in neutron science came about.
Beats of neutrino horns
Two months into the operation of the Tokai-to-Kamioka neutrino oscillation experiment (T2K), the experiment is now
expecting at any moment the first neutrino at the end detector, Super-Kamiokande. This week features the devices at the heart of the T2K experiment—the electromagnetic horns that shape and focus the neutrino beam.
A world of researchers joins hands and hardware
The particle physics community is accustomed to global collaboration, and here at KEK, one of those collaborations has just begun on a core technology for the International Linear Collider (ILC), the superconducting accelerating system.
A spice of strangeness
Understanding hadrons is key to understanding the evolution of our universe and the nature of many of the exotic objects it contains. A theoretical hadron physicist from KEK's Theory Center has been pursuing the physics of nuclei that include quarks called ‘strange’. Read here a story of strange hadrons.
Watching light-induced molecular dynamics
A team at KEK’s Photon Factory Advanced Ring (PF-AR) has been observing the dynamics of various materials excited by light with their new time-resolved X-ray beamline. This growing technique can have great impact on a broad range of fields from environmental science and materials science to biological sciences.
A backdoor to new physics
The Neutron Optics and Physics group at KEK (NOP) is preparing to begin the research and development of an experiment to measure the neutron electric dipole moment. The result may answer one of the most fundamental questions about the universe. To make this measurement, the group proposes an innovative method.
ATLAS’s first beam and first collision
The world’s largest and most powerful collider, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN came back online on November 20, 2009. Three days later, the ATLAS collaboration saw the first collisions. Read on to get behind the scenes stories of the trial run, which ended on December 16, 2009 in a great success.
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