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Konnichiwa Hamburg: Third Japan-German Workshop at Desy

For many years, DESY and the Japanese high-energy accelerator center KEK have maintained an intensive co-operation

Especially in the field of particle physics, both organisations have been working together for more than 40 years. Still, Masanori Yamauchi, Director General of KEK, and Helmut Dosch, Chairman of the DESY Directorat see an enormous potential for collaboration in the future. Since 2012, DESY has been participating in the particle physics experiment Belle II in Japan as one of eleven German and 98 international institutions from 23 countries. Belle II is just one of many points of contact between DESY and KEK – among others, both are heavily involved in the ATLAS experiment at the LHC and the future collider ILC and operate light sources for photon science.

Exchange on Existing and Future Projects

“Between DESY and KEK, there are many similarities and many good, active cooperations”, says Masanori Yamauchi. In order to continue this close co-operation, the third DESY KEK workshop took place in Hamburg on 7 and 8 March 2016. Alternating between Hamburg and Tsukuba every 18 months, both the boards and researchers have the opportunity to exchange views on existing and future projects, to develop new ideas, and to advance projects.

Accelerator Module to Travel for Testing From Hamburg to Tsukuba

DESY is not only participating in the construction of the central new detector Belle II, but will be using it for testing as well,” says Joachim Mnich, DESY Director for particle and astroparticle physics. The accelerator experts also consider to transport a precise presumptuous superconducting accelerator module from Hamburg to Tsukuba to find out after re-measurement at KEK, whether the long voyage changes the performance of the high-tech module. To ensure research at future ILCs in Europe, America, or Asia, accelerator modules must be ready to travel over long distances.

New Areas of Co-operation

During the workshop, the existing connection between the two laboratories was strengthened and new areas of co-operation were opened. Due to the good collaboration, the directors of both centres have decided to extend the co-operation agreement for another five years. In addition, KEK will be sending a delegation to Germany to learn from DESY about research with international users.

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