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The European Circular Energy-Frontier Collider (EuroCirCol) project started on 1 June 2015. EuroCirCol is a conceptual design study for a post-LHC research infrastructure based on an energy-frontier 100 TeV circular hadron collider. It was selected for funding within the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework Programme. With a total score of 15 out of a maximum of 15 it received the highest evaluation score of all submitted proposals.
The study will receive 3 M€ funding from the European Union. It brings together an international consortium of 16 beneficiary partner organizations including universities and research centres. EuroCirCol is coordinated by CERN and will run for 4 years.
The objective of this ambitious project is to develop the conceptual design of a future energy frontier hadron collider infrastructure as an international, collaborative effort under European leadership. A new research infrastructure of such scale depends on the feasibility of key technologies pushed beyond the current state of the art. Innovative designs for accelerator magnets to achieve high-quality fields up to 16 T and for a cryogenic beam vacuum system to cope with unprecedented synchrotron light power are amongst the many challenges that will be addressed. Advanced energy efficiency, reliability and cost effectiveness are additional key factors to build and operate such an accelerator within realistic time scale and cost.
EuroCirCol is part of the global Future Circular Collider (FCC) study, federating resources worldwide to assess the merits of different future accelerator scenarios. FCC forms the core of a globally coordinated strategy of converging activities in a very important research area, involving participants from the European Research Area and beyond.
The Cockcroft Institute is an important partner in the project: ASTeC will study different coatings to mitigate beam-induced electron cloud and ion instabilities on flat samples and on beam-screen prototypes provided by CERN. Manchester contributes to studies into the machine detector interface to ensure that the collider design is consistent with the detector performance and Liverpool coordinates the project’s communication, information dissemination and outreach activities, including events organization.
For more information, please visit the project web site: http://www.eurocircol.eu