European approval calendar: ECFA meetings in Sept and Nov – first one is closed, and the Nov. meeting is open. Nakada Com. report in Sept, discuss, and maybe meet (closed) again in Oct. Decision is due at the Nov 28 th meeting. Expectations are that it will be positive.
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European approval calendar:
ECFA meetings in Sept and Nov – first one is
closed, and the Nov. meeting is open. Nakada
Com. report in Sept, discuss, and maybe meet
(closed) again in Oct. Decision is due at the
Nov 28 th meeting.
Expectations are that it will be positive.
Then the game shifts to the CERN Strategy
CERN Strategy Group:
This group is now in place – secretary Steinar Stapness
visited Italy and spent a day at Frascati with Panta et al,
and a day and a bit with Roberto Petronzio and Marcello
CSG Secretariat (Secretary, ECFA chair, SPC chair,
representative for Laboratory Directors , and work
closely with the CERN DG)
A posiitve visit. He was impressed by his Frascati
visit, and the investment in the beam tests there,
and with the results so far.
This group will meet in Sept., Dec 10 and again in March.
Petronzio will make a presentation on the Italian political
situation, how he sees the financing, and the overall
management of the project.
There will probably be presentations requests for the Dec.
meeting, but the gap between the ECFA meeting (Nov 28)
and the Dec meeting is not long enough to get reports to
the committee in time for deliberations and for decisions.
Expect a positive decision at the March, 2009 meeting.
The output from the Dorfan mini-MAC review was
positive -no big problems of principle, lots of work
to do, and long list of homework assigned, and a
meeting in Jan proposed.
Great enthusiasm by the collective wisdom of the
(Stuart Henderson was unable to attend)
Recent talks on SuperB at the mini-MAC meeting:
Marcello Giorgi’s presentation on the physics
requirements on the accelerator,
John Seeman’s presentation on the design of the
the summary slides of the mini-MAC meeting as
presented by Jonathan Dorfan.
Stapness, during his Italian visit ,offered ‘CERN’ help in
organizing a general meeting – a workshop of those
interested in flavor physics in Europe. [this by way of
assuring the CSG that there will be a strong European
presence on the Superb project.]
INFN is expected to roll out the project management in
the next weeks, and to try to move ahead with TDR
activity on all three fronts
– the accelerator design,
- detector design
- development of the Tor Vergata site.
We hear that DOE/OHEP is sympathetic to SuperB and
the flavour physics community - that has worked hard
and well on Babar, but there is not likely to be a decision
before they know the 2009 budget, and in an election
year, this is probably spring ’09, or even summer.
Probably a positive decision from the CERN Strategy
Group will also be required.
Remember that Ray Orbach’s tenure in Office of Science
ends with the new president taking office. We have to
play that timing correctly.
I suppose the Italian government decision is not expected
before summer of 2009.
US Community focus:
Work on aspects of the TDR on the accelerator
design and on the detector R&D and design;
[please think about getting involved, and talk to
the appropriate people !]
Prepare R&D proposals for a SuperB effort;
And be in good communication with your contact
within DOE/OHEP, letting them know of your
interest in SuperB in Italy.
General Comments–from the mini-MAC report
Recommendations – from the mini-MAC report
Next Steps for Near-term Work – from the mini-MAC report
(This assumes that the management structure is formed by late September and that more resources are provided)