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A High Intensity Neutrino Oscillation Facility in Europe

Objective

The recent discovery that the neutrino changes type (or flavour) as it travels through space, a phenomenon referred to as neutrino oscillations, implies that neutrinos have a tiny, but non-zero mass. This implies that the Standard Model of particle physics is incomplete. The implications are far reaching: e.g neutrino interactions may be responsible for the removal of all the anti-matter created in the Big Bang from the early Universe and that the neutrino may have played a crucial role in the birth of the Universe itself. Knowledge of the contribution of neutrinos in these areas requires precise measurements of parameters governing neutrino oscillations, which will require new high intensity neutrino oscillation facilities in which neutrino beams are generated using new and highly challenging concepts. The construction of such a facility in Europe would reassert Europe’s position as the lead region for high energy particle physics and it would be in line with the strategy for the future of European particle physics, as recommended by the CERN Scientific Policy Committee. The design study will review the three currently accepted methods to realize such a neutrino facility (the so-called neutrino Superbeams, Beta Beams and Neutrino Factories) and do detailed studies of potential show stoppers, it will define the detector options necessary to measure the neutrino oscillation parameters and it will perform a critical physics evaluation of these facilities. The design study will also perform a cost assessment, that coupled with the physics performance, will permit the European research authorities to make a timely decision on the lay-out and construction of the future European neutrino oscillation facility. Doing this work now will enable Europe to secure the lead in this field. The study gathers some of the top specialists in the field, working at some of the leading institutes in European high energy physics, to assure results within the given time and cost framework.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/theoretical physics/particle physics/w boson

Call for proposal

FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)
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Coordinator

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL
Address
Polaris House North Star Avenue
SN2 1SZ Swindon
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 888 647,50
Administrative Contact
Tony Wells (Mr.)

Participants (14)

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 240 237,50
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Nathalie Judas (Ms.)
EUROPEAN ORGANIZATION FOR NUCLEAR RESEARCH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 621 270,50
Address
Esplanade Des Particules 1 Parcelle 11482 De Meyrin Batiment Cadastral 1046
1211 Geneva 23
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ilias Efthymiopoulos (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 122 898,50
Address
University Avenue
G12 8QQ Glasgow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Joe Galloway (Mr.)
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 248 887,50
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Brooke Alasya (Ms.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 193 992,50
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mar García-Ferrer (Ms.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 658 506,50
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Cedric Bosaro (Mr.)
POLITECHNIKA KRAKOWSKA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 186 227,50
Address
Warszawska 24
31 155 Krakow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Malgorzata Kurowska (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 90 424,50
Address
Stockton Road The Palatine Centre
DH1 3LE Durham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Wendy Harle (Ms.)
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI FISICA NUCLEARE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 155 168,50
Address
Via Enrico Fermi 54
00044 Frascati
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Fausta Candiglioti (Ms.)
Klinik Max Planck Institut für Psychiatrie
Germany
EU contribution
€ 120 564,50
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Muenchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Günter Sparn (Dr.)
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 5 064
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jean Clay (Ms.)
SOFIA UNIVERSITY ST KLIMENT OHRIDSKI
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 79 184,50
Address
Bul Tzar Osvoboditel 15
1504 Sofia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vassil Kalkandzhiev (Dr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 72 553,50
Address
Kirby Corner Road - University House
CV4 8UW Coventry
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Peter Hedge (Mr.)
UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 316 372,50
Address
Place De L Universite 1
1348 Louvain La Neuve
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Thierry Delbar (Prof.)