At the ILC Technology Seminar, local companies look for ways to get involved

The original article was published in the Iwate Nippo (February 1st edition). Read the original here.

The Tohoku ILC Planning Office (Director: Iwate Prefectural University President Atsuto Suzuki) and the Iwate Accelerator-Related Industry Research Group (Chief: Iwate University professor Hiroyuki Fujishiro) held an ILC Technology Seminar at the Malios building in Morioka on January 31st. There, representatives from local companies learned about various technologies used in cleaning accelerator parts, in hopes of finding a way to get involved with the ILC.

Around 90 people were in attendance, including company representatives and university researchers. Associate Professors Yasushi Yamamoto and Kensei Umemori of KEK (Japan’s High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture) gave presentations.

Prof. Yamamoto spoke about the couplers used to send high frequency waves through the superconducting cavities of accelerators: “There are many different processes involved so they’re very difficult to manufacture.” He spoke for the need for highly advanced technology for cleaning debris, soldering, polishing the copper on the inside of the parts, and other processing methods.

These ILC seminars have been held since the last fiscal year to encourage local businesses to try their hand at the accelerator industry. This was the 5th seminar for this fiscal year.