Research and Development Opportunities for the Linear Collider
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
April 5, 2002

Goals of the workshop:
  • Set before participants a sketch of the current state of LC accelerator and detector designs and concepts
  • Describe in some detail the shapes of ignorance: areas in which R&D is needed before we can design/build an accelerator and detector
  • Provide concrete descriptions of a large number of possible research projects so that participants will have an opportunity to see what aspects of an LC accelerator/detector R&D effort would be of interest to their home groups
  • Begin discussions about models for how to proceed with university-based R&D efforts
  • Generate more grass-roots interest, empowerment, autonomy,...

Here is the text of the workshop announcement, broadcast via email at the end of February.

Workshop on R & D Opportunities for the Linear Collider

The recent HEPAP Subpanel has endorsed the Linear Collider as the next major initiative in our field. Realizing this facility will require the energy and engagment of a large portion of the High Energy Physics community. In spite of the size of the project, many of the unresolved technical challenges in designing the accelerator and detector are ideally suited for attack by university groups. These research and development issues can be a framework for building focused, funded collaborations between universities and labs, with the goal of making the Linear Collider a reality.

To this end, we invite you to attend a one-day workshop "Research and Development Opportunities for the Linear Collider," to be held at Fermilab on Friday April 5th.

The meeting will be mostly plenary talks intended to illustrate the current R&D issues with the machine and detector, to describe work already underway, and, most importantly, to present descriptions of the large number of technical problems which are particularly well suited to the size and resources of university groups. Some of these may even suggest interdisciplinary possibilities with our colleagues in other fields of physics.

We expect that this will be the first in a series of meetings aimed at promoting broad understanding of the interesting design questions and sorting out which of them would be of interest to our home groups. We have reserved time for group discussion on the sequence of future workshops, as well as on organization/funding models, such as university-lab consortia.

Registration is free. For more information on program, local contacts, and sign-up see

This'll be great-- let's figure out how to get together and build this thing!

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