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.