October 15, 2004  


Lab Adapts Organizational Structure to International Design of ILC

By Jonathan Dorfan

As most of you know, we are combining our resources with others in the worldwide particle physics community to design a superconducting linear collider.

SLAC has an enormous amount to contribute to the International Linear Collider. To maximize our support and contribution to the international effort, we are diversifying our management responsibilities to concentrate on two equally important areas: our technical contribution to the accelerator design and the Laboratoryís interface with the larger international collaboration. This new structure allows us to work hard on the technical aspects of the new accelerator and to concentrate on how to effectively integrate these efforts into the worldwide initiative.

Tor Raubenheimer will become Head of the Linear Collider Department leading the accelerator group developing technologies and systems for the ILC. This is the largest group in the worldwide collaboration currently working on linear collider design and can immediately play an important role.  Although SLACís particular area of expertise, room temperature radiofrequency technology, was not the final choice for the ILC accelerator, we have broad experience through the SLC, by developing a comprehensive design for the NLC X-band linear collider,  through participation in the ILC Technical Review Committee and the U.S. Linear Collider Technical Options Survey. The group is rapidly learning about those elements of the superconducting approach that will be melded with their already vast experience.  and adapt to the chosen superconducting rf cavity technology.

David Burke will become SLACís interface to the broader linear collider community. As the ILC Coordination Officer, he will take on the responsibility for leading SLACís contribution in building a dynamic international structure for the ILC.  The innovative nature of the accelerator design, pieced together from the ideas, abilities and drive of scientists from all regions of the world, will generate tough organizational issues. Since there is no existing model to follow, his challenge will be to work with his international partners to devise cooperative approaches that will ensure the best possible results from the collaboration.

I know you all join me in wishing Tor and David every success in their new functions. 




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