Report / PHYSDET ILC-REPORT-2011-034

ILC Detector R&D: Its impact

Abstract: For many years, there has been a strong international consensus that an $e^+ e^-$ collider will be needed to study the underlying physics of the new phenomena in the mass range from 0.2 – 1.0 TeV, which are expected to be discovered at the LHC. This has been recognized through the support for research and development of new technologies for the ILC accelerator, detector technologies and the detector design studies. This support has fluctuated significantly over the years especially for the detector community. The R&D is considered to be far enough in advance of any defined future project that the importance and need for this effort has struggled, and continues to struggle, to be formally recognized by the agencies. Despite these struggles, the detector community has been quite successful and the impact of the R&D for ILC detectors is very real. This brief report draws attention to the significant positive impact the ILC detector R&D has had on the field of particle physics and beyond and points to the value of sustained support for basic research and development for instrumentation.

Keyword(s): technology transfer ; spin-off
Note: The Common Task Group for Detector R&D: Dhiman Chakraborty, Marcel Demarteau (convenor), John Hauptman, Ron Lipton, Wolfgang Lohmann, Tim Nelson, Aurore Savoy-Navarro, Felix Sefkow, Burkhard Schmidt, Tohru Takeshita, Jan Timmermans, Andy White, Marc Winter

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