What is ILC?
Asian Regional Team for Linear Collider Accelerator Development
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The physical world around us -- the earth, the solar system, the galaxy, and the universe. What are their fundamental structure and what are their governing laws of physics? What are they made of and how have they been created in the beginning? In short, what is the physical world, why is it the way it is, and not something else?
Our forefathers have learned that all matter in the physical world are composed of molecules and atoms. Their curiosity then led them to learn about nuclei and nuclear particles through radioactive isotopes and cosmic rays. Since the invention of the instruments called "particle accelerators" in the 20th century, the world with extremely rich and beautiful structures have emerged in front of us.
Now, in the branch of physics called High Energy Physics, the scientists are studying the world of elementary particles. It is the research of what is taking place among these elementary particles in an ultra, ultra small scale of space and time. The knowledge we obtained there has tremendously deepened our understanding of the Nature. It is also expected to serves us as the founding stone of the sciences and technologies both at present and in the future.
The High Energy Physicists around the world now have great expectations of the research programs at what is called a linear collider (LC). A linear collider is a new accelerator which provides us with a laboratory to investigate the particle interactions at energies of several hundred Giga-Electron-Volts (GeV) and beyond.
The LC is currently being developed through an international collaboration where the scientists and engineers from all corners of the globe, including Asia, America and Europe, are congregated. It is called the ILC (International Linear Collider) collaboration.
This web site brings you to the cutting edge of the accelerator development programs that are being pursued by the Asian subgroups within the ILC collaboration.