QUASARs contribute to 2013 CLIC Workshop
The 2013 CLIC workshop took place over 5 days at CERN. There were 295 official registrants but many other CERN-based researchers attended for the plenary session (which was open to all) and for specific presentations. Despite the recent announcement that the Japanese government intends to invest in the construction of ILC, the workshop started with a very optimistic presentation by Steiner Stapes about CLIC Status and Future Plans.
The general message was that CERN will nevertheless continue with studies for a linear accelerator in the post LHC era. CLIC funding/reserach would not decrease over the next four years and decisions are to be made in 2016, based on LHC data. According to the current timeline construction of the main tunnel would commence in 2022, construction of the beamlines for '500 GeV' CLIC and detectors between 2023 - 2030, after which data taking would commence. During the data-taking period at 500 GeV, construction related to energy upgrades would be made.
The workshop was split into "Accelerator" and "Detector and Physics" studies, each with several parallel sessions. There were many interesting beam instrumentation talks from current and former DITANET and Quasar members e.g. on "Beam Loss Monitoring" by Sophie Mallows, "EO bunch length monitor Presenters", by Rui Pan, "Diffraction radiation test at Cornell", by Lorraine Bobb & Thomas Aumeyr, and "Overview and outlook of CTF3 profile measurements" by Stefano Mazzoni which included work from Maja Olvgard and Benoit Bolzon.
The workshop provided and opportunity to learn a bit more about the status and future plans at CTF3, the facility used by the QUASAR Group.