A summer camp on the ILC accelerator and physics/detectors for 2016 was held at a hot spring resort in Ichinoseki City from July 23 to 26. The annual summer camp, which began in 2010, is a forum for accelerator scientists and elementary particle/high energy physicists in Japan to share information and develop a common awareness with regard to the ILC, and to promote exchange between young researchers and between researchers in different fields, with the goal of realizing the ILC and furthering research in elementary particle physics.


A sign outside Ichinoseki station welcoming participants

The camp was held at a hot spring resort located beside the emerald green waters of Genbi Gorge, about 20 minutes west from central Ichinoseki. Flags supporting the ILC could be seen outside stores in the area, and even attached to a basket which traverses a wire across the gorge, delivering “dango” – a rice flour based snack coated with various toppings – to customers waiting on the other side.


Flags supporting the ILC attached to the basket which flies “dango” snacks across Genbi Gorge


A sample of the delicious dango!

Some 70 scientists, physicists, post-docs and graduate students from across Japan gathered for the camp, and presentations on the first day were about accelerators, beam dynamics, gravitational waves, and strategy to realize the ILC.

Dr. Atsuto Suzuki, president of Iwate Prefectural University, presented on the second day about regional efforts to realize the ILC. Presentations followed regarding efforts by the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) in Ibaraki Prefecture near Tokyo, as well as about superconducting cavities, the Higgs boson, neutrino oscillations, and more.

In the afternoon, a session was held at the library in central Ichinoseki for junior high and high school students to chat with researchers. Professor Masao Kuriki of Hiroshima University talked about what led him to become one, and said: “people with good grades aren’t necessarily suited to being a researcher. Rather than learning formulas, I think people that try to understand how the formula works are suited,” adding: “I think the first step to becoming a researcher is not memorizing the content in textbooks, but understanding it.”


Junior high school students at the library session with researchers

Presentations about physics, detectors and more were held on the third day. On the fourth and final day, Dr. Hitoshi Murayama, Director of the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe and Deputy Director of the Linear Collider Collaboration, gave the final presentation of the summer camp, about what is anticipated of the ILC.

Some 20 camp participants then took part in a bus tour to the vicinity of the proposed site for the ILC, in the town of Daito in the northeast of Ichinoseki City. Participants noted signs supporting the ILC, and took in the surroundings of houses nestled between rice fields and green hills.

Professor Shinya Narita of Iwate University, one of the organizers of the camp, said afterwards: “The ILC Summer Camp has been held every year since 2010 for researchers concerned with ILC physics, accelerators and detectors to share updates about their research with each other, particularly between young researchers. This year the camp was held in Iwate Prefecture, home of the candidate site for the ILC, and we received a great deal of support from local government, making for a very meaningful camp.

“This year’s participants felt the energy and passion for the ILC by the local community, and seemed even more determined to realize the ILC in Japan, to pursue mysteries of the universe and reveal the origins of matter. I ask for the ongoing support and co-operation from everyone to bring the ILC to fruition.”


An article about the summer camp in the July 24 edition of the Iwate Nichinichi newspaper



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