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High energy physics is not dead — it just moved to Asia January 15, 2008

Posted by apetrov in Particle Physics, Physics, Science.

Courtesy to Tom Browder, I learned a very good news today: despite recent problems with UK and US budgets for high energy physics research, Japaneese government decided to go ahead with the construction of a “Super-B” factory at KEK and continue strong commitment to the International Linear Collider (ILC). According to Atsuto Suzuki, the KEK’s Director General (full report can be found here):

“The roadmap planning committee has proposed to start an early upgrade of KEKB to realize a unique research facility that will enable advanced studies on rare B decays, and to conduct a strong R&D program on superconducting cavities and related topics in order to contribute to the early realization of the ILC. I support the proposal by the committee.”

(a graphical representation of KEK’s radmap plan can be found here and a complete 5-year roundmap is here).

Actually, KEK officials metioned the possibility of building super-B factory at KEK, if construction of the ILC is delayed, for quite a long time — I personally heard it at the PANIC-2005 conference. It appears that they will be doing just that. It is intersting that papers such as this one, where some nice measurements (with super-B factory) of CP-violating parameters are proposed, might actually be relevant… of course at that time the US own roadmap involved construction of Fermilab’s B-factory BTeV as an intermediate-scale project before ILC is built. There is a good chance now that ILC will actually be built in Japan, leaving US on a side of the road of modern experimental high energy physics…

P.S. see the commentary of this in the Physics World here.


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2. Rachelle Klinger - January 21, 2008

I am a college student studying physics at Purdue University, and I have a couple of questions. What kind of implications do you think may occur by Japan’s advances and the U.S.’s lack thereof in the area of high energy physics? How may Japan’s scientists make/use their labs differently than American scientists might? What impact may having/not having labs have on other sciences in each nation?

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