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Fourth Ichinoseki Science Cafe: “The best accelerator technology is in Japan”

2017.02.23

Fourth Ichinoseki Science Cafe: “The best accelerator technology is in Japan”
 

The fourth and final “Ichinoseki Science Cafe” for the 2016 fiscal year was held at the Ichinoseki City Library on February 18, presented by Dr Sho Tada, Associate Professor at the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization’s Institute of Particle and Nuclear Studies.

 

Dr Tada spoke about the electrically neutral and extremely small “neutrino”, and the Higgs particle which assigns mass to fundamental particles. He also referred to Japan’s world-leading accelerator technology and conveyed his anticipation for the next-generation International Linear Collider (ILC) to be built in Japan.

 

Dr Tada was involved in the design of the neutrino beamline at the Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex (J-PARC) in Ibaraki Prefecture, and works at the forefront of neutrino oscillation experiments.

 

Some 30 people ranging from high school students to the elderly attended the Science Cafe, and heard how the neutral, tiny neutrinos have a very weak interactivity and pass through most matter, such that there is just a 0.00000002 percent chance of them interacting on Earth. With regard to the Higgs particle, Dr Tada explained how mass differing depending on the fundamental particle is an issue for future research, and pointed out the importance of research using high precision equipment.

 

Dr Tada also explained there are about 1,500 accelerators in Japan and said: “Japan has the world’s best accelerator technology. It is at the forefront of fundamental particle physics and is always leading the world,” emphasizing the significance of building the ILC in Japan.

 

The ILC Promotion Division in Ichinoseki plans to continue the Science Cafes in the 2017 fiscal year and invite various speakers to present.

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Click the pic for the original Iwate Nichinichi article: Feb 21st 2017

Translated by Nathan Hill
 

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