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CERN Courier magazine: March 2017 digital edition

Cern Courier

Welcome to the digital edition of the March 2017 issue of CERN Courier

High-energy physics relies increasingly on international collaboration to plan, build and operate large experimental facilities. The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) is a case in point. Due to be operational in the US by the early 2020s, driven by a rapidly growing international collaboration, DUNE’s vast liquid-argon detectors are being prototyped at CERN as part of the laboratory’s recently established Neutrino Platform. Another project that relies on strong US–European collaboration is CERN’s High-Luminosity LHC (HL-LHC), which will boost the collision rate and thus discovery potential of the LHC by a factor 10. Building on long-standing partnerships, US laboratories are working closely with CERN to develop the advanced niobium-tin magnets and other superconducting technologies for the HL-LHC, for which civil-engineering work is now ready to begin. Meanwhile, astroparticle physicists from 11 countries are working on the design of the DARWIN observatory, which promises to be the ultimate WIMP dark-matter detector. Perhaps the most extraordinary example of scientific collaboration in recent times is the SESAME light source in Jordan, which has just circulated its first electrons and whose founding members include Iran, Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Finally, we report on a highly interdisciplinary collaboration between particle physicists, medical experts and industry that aims to make radiotherapy more widely available in low- and middle-income countries.

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